- Do not put jewelry on before washing your hands, applying make-up or any hair products.
- Remove jewelry first when undressing and wipe with a clean soft cloth.
- Store jewelry separately, to prevent scratches, in the original packaging or a fabric-lined box.
- Never wear jewelry when doing housework, gardening, exercise or bathing.
- Never expose jewelry to household cleaning products or chemicals of any kind.
- Use a soft brush with a mild soap to remove dirt or particles. Rinse thoroughly. Polish with a soft cloth. Dry your jewelry before storage.
- Clean in a secure location so as not to slip down a drain or fall on a hard surface.
- Clean your jewelry often to maintain its shine and beauty.
- Seriously soiled jewelry should only be cleaned professionally.
- Clean diamond jewelry with a soft brush dipped in warm water and mild detergent; rinse under running water.
- Never expose pearl jewelry to chemicals or solvents and store each piece in a soft dark bag to keep the light away.
- Don't expose colored gemstones to chemicals, solvents or ultrasonic machines without knowing their specific cleaning requirements.
- Keep delicate gems such as emeralds and opals in humidity controlled environments as they may dry up.
- Have your jewelry cleaned and checked by a professional for worn out mountings, loose prongs and overall condition at least once a year.
- Have white gold re-plated, platinum re-polished and prongs re-tipped as necessary to maintain original condition, generally every 2 years.
- Have frequently worn pearls restrung as necessary, with a knot between each pearl to prevent loss if the string breaks.
- Some colored gemstones should not be exposed to sudden temperature changes; know your pieces and their needs.
- Select jewelry for your everyday wear that is in harmony with your lifestyle, schedule and type of activities.
- Treat each piece as if it were a family heirloom.
- Keep your Laboratory Reports/Appraisals or Gem Certificates in a safe location, separate from the jewelry pieces, for security.