How to take care of your jewellery
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR JEWELLERY
Jewellery which is properly taken care of can be enjoyed for many years. There are steps you can take to ensure that your most precious pieces last a lifetime.
1. Take off your jewellery while gardening and playing sports. Stones can chip or break if they are knocked and items could be damaged if they come into contact with harmful or abrasive substances.
2. Ring settings can become clogged up with soap and hand cream. You can clean your jewellery at home using a cleaning solution (check carefully that you are using the correct solution for the type of metal and stones) or you can use hot soapy water and a soft toothbrush to brighten up stones. Be aware that this method must not be used for cleaning settings where adhesive has been used such as pearl or costume jewellery.
3. When storing your jewellery you should keep all items separate from each other to prevent scratching of metals and stones and tangling of chains.
4. Do not wear your jewellery to go swimming as the chlorine can cause damage.
5. It’s important to inspect your jewellery on a regular basis. If you have a diamond ring you should look closely at the claws as if the stones get knocked the claws can loosen and make your diamonds vulnerable. If you feel anything is out of place, take the ring straight to a jeweller to be looked at and repaired if necessary.
6. You should take your most expensive items to a jeweller at least once a year to be professionally cleaned. At this time the jeweller can check the security of the stones and let you know if any work is required. At Ian Gallacher we offer a ring cleaning service which takes an hour. See below for prices (July 2013).
|Bought from Ian Gallacher||Bought elsewhere|
|Yellow gold||Free||£2 per ring|
|White gold||£10 per ring||£10 per ring|
|Platinum||Free||£5 per ring|
|Palladium||Free||£5 per ring|
Here is an example of before and after a diamond ring is cleaned.
Here at Ian Gallacher we often see rings which are very deeply marked on the back of the shank. This happens when the owner has been wearing rings on both hands and has been clapping at a concert or night out. If you notice many small repetitive dents on the back of your ring, this has most likely been the cause.
We regularly serve customers who have chipped, scratched or broken stones. Many people don’t realise that even diamonds can get damaged if they are knocked hard enough. We offer a stone polishing service costing from £90.
If you would like any further advice on jewellery maintenance or would like to have some jewellery looked at or cleaned and checked then pop into the Ian Gallacher reception any time between 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. Alternatively, you can always contact us through our facebook page.
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