Jewelry Care

A Little TLC Goes a Long Way

Different stones and metals require different care. We know you’ll treasure the jewelry you purchase at Chipper’s Jewelry for years to come, so to keep each piece as dazzling as the day you purchased it, our experts will advise you on proper care for your piece. However, here are some simple tips for cleaning and maintaining your jewelry.

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Diamonds

Believe it or not, diamonds can be chipped, so it’s important to have a jeweler inspect them once a year. If possible, avoid wearing your diamond jewelry to the gym or to other locations where they may be subject to harsh physical conditions.

Take special care with your diamond ring around water, as it can become loose and slip off. And try not to wear your ring in chlorinated water, like hot tubs, because chlorine can eventually damage the metal in the setting.

Clean your diamond regularly. A simple plan to keep your diamond jewelry looking beautiful is to soak the diamond in an ammonia-based jewelry cleaner overnight, once or twice weekly. In the morning, remove the diamond from the cleaner and brush it with a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any leftover dirt. Take extra care to brush the back of the diamond as this will be the area that has collected the most oil and dirt.

Finally, don’t store your diamond jewelry next to other jewelry pieces because it can scratch other pieces. A fabric-lined jewelry case with separate compartments is ideal, but you can also keep it in a separate pouch or wrap it in soft fabric or tissue paper.

GOLD WITH DIAMONDS

Soak for 15 minutes in a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid. Gently scrub with a soft-bristle brush (a soft toothbrush works well). Rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth.

PLATINUM OR PALLADIUM WITH DIAMONDS

Soak for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia. Then gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry.

Pearls

Rub each pearl individually with a soft, clean cotton cloth dampened with a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid. (Soaking strands of pearls can cause the string to stretch.) Let air-dry overnight.

Silver

Rinse in warm water and pat dry. If silver is tarnished, use a silver-polishing cloth. Do not use tooth paste or other abrasive cleaners, which will scratch. Wipe with a clean, soft cloth.

Maintenance Tips

  • Prongs can wear thin and diamonds may fall out. Chains and pearl strands weaken with wear. Before disaster strikes, let us professionally inspect your jewelry every six months to determine when repairs are needed.

  • Chlorine can weaken gold. Avoid wearing in swimming pools and hot tubs.

  • Avoid wearing chains when sleeping. Always lay them out flat when not being worn.

  • When dressing, put your pearls on last. Hair products, cosmetics, and perfume can eat away the nacre (outside coating) of pearls and damage their luster.
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