We want you to be happy with your jewelry as long as possible. There´s a lot you can do to maintain your pieces in good condition.
Put jewelry on after applying makeup, perfume and hairspray. Handle gems and pearls as little as possible, skin oil can build up over time and dull their appearance. Remove jewelry before taking a bath, showering or cleaning.
Remove your jewelry if you’re going to do any manual labor, including housework to prevent it from getting damaged. Stones can chip or crack if they’re knocked against a hard surface. Harsh solvents used in cleaning can damage any kind of jewelry and particularly pearls.
Never wear pearl earrings or necklaces while having your hair colored. Some colors contain alcohol and other chemicals that can take away the luster of the pearls.
Don’t wear jewelry in swimming pools and spas – chlorinated water can react with the metals causing color changes and even structural damage.
Contact sports and jewelry is a nogo – hard blows during sports can damage jewelry not to mention the people involved.
Polish silver or gold with a jewelry polishing cloth for smooth surfaces. Do not use tissue or paper towels, they can cause scratches because of fibers in these products.
Cleaning jewelry regularly can keep it looking good, but be careful. Rubbing alcohol can work wonders, but bleach can literally destroy jewelry so avoid it in any case.
Chemicals like perfume, vinegar, and lemon juice easily damage pearls and should not come in contact with them. Heat can turn pearls brown, dry air can damage pearls. After wearing pearls wipe them off with a soft cloth or chamois, which may be dry or damp. This will prevent dirt from accumulating and will keep perspiration, which is slightly acidic, from eating away at the pearl nacre.
You can use alcohol to dissolve any dirt. However, don’t use alcohol on pearl jewelry. Soap, warm water and a soft brush will do in most of your cleaning needs. Make sure the brush is very soft when used on metal, especially gold, which can be scratched relatively easily. Use a soft cloth to dry and buff your jewelry once it’s cleaned.
Stay away from ultrasonic cleaners, they clean jewelry with sound waves. This vibration shakes off dirt, but they can also cause serious damage.
Store your jewelry safely and prevent pieces from moving around especially while traveling, preferably in the original box that came with the item. Do not store your jewelry inside leather, this can tarnish gold and especially silver. Sometimes jewelry tarnishes when it’s not worn. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, you can place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewelry.
If it is necessary to get a piece repaired you can either bring it to a jeweler you trust or you bring or send it to us. If you send it to us for repair please contact us before at care(at)saskia-diez.com