Your Custom Jewelry Maintenance and Care Overview

  • By interactive
  • 13 Jun, 2016
custom jewelry maintenance

A piece of fine custom jewelry from Jewelry by Christopher can last a lifetime with proper jewelry care and maintenance. Keep gems and diamonds sparkling and maintain the allure of gold and precious metals with proper treatment and custom jewelry care.

Custom Jewelry Care for Brilliance in Gemstones and Diamonds

Jewelry by Christopher sources gems and diamonds for one of a kind custom designs for every client. After a purchase, it is important to perform custom jewelry maintenance to keep that original sparkle. Oil from a simple touch can leave residue and quickly reduce the original shine of a stone. When diamonds are handled, oils adhere to their surface and impact the stone’s fire and brilliance. Jewelry by Christopher clients can soak their precious stones in a degreasing solution once or twice a week. Even a gentle solution of water and a few drops of Windex or bleach household cleaner can help reduce accumulated grime. Take a fresh toothbrush and use it to clean areas that are more difficult to reach, such as the back of the stone. Be careful with fragile settings, such as prongs or tension settings. In such cases refrain from a vigorous scrub. Then rinse jewelry in water and dry with a lint-free cloth. Close any drains when working over a sink. In cases when jewelry becomes significantly soiled, have items cleaned professionally.

Custom Jewelry Maintenance for Any Design

Custom jewelry designs allow clients to create or select preferred designs, combinations and stones to enhance the appeal of every unique design. In the case of other additions and metals available in a custom jewelry choice:

  • Avoid exposing pearls to chemicals or solvents and store jewelry in soft individual bags.
  • Understand the specific cleaning requirements of colored gemstones prior to any exposure to chemicals, ultrasonics or solvents. In addition, there are some colored gemstones that cannot be exposed to sudden temperature changes.
  • White gold may need to be re-plated, platinum will require regular polishing and prongs may need to be re-tipped to maintain a custom piece’s original appearance. The general rule of thumb is to perform such jewelry maintenance every 24 months, but more or less may be required based on personal wear and tear.

Ask for cleaning and care instructions for any custom piece and inquire about any restrictions. A Christopher’s associate is available to help understand care instructions, re-plate or clean any custom piece.

A Special Maintenance Note for Custom Fine Jewelry

Be aware that household cleaners and toothpaste should not be used to clean custom jewelry. Remove custom jewelry while swimming in pools. Chlorine can damage metals to alloy gold. Abrasive solutions can actually scratch gold and other precious metals. If special care instructions are included with a purchase, follow them to ensure the maintenance and appearance of a custom purchase.

Jewelry by Christopher can become heirloom pieces left for future generations to enjoy. Proper care can ensure that special items of sentimental value can keep their original appearance and retain their value for years to come.

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