Your everyday gold jewellery is hard working, but like all of us, it does need SOME LOVE to keep it looking its BEST, and LASTING you through the years.
Below we’ve compiled some best practices to help guide you, but if you were only to do two things from this list to take care of your fine jewellery, make sure to 1) bring your gemstone jewellery in for an ANNUAL CHECKUP at ATTIC, and 2) INSURE your engagement ring and higher valued jewellery as soon as it’s in your hands.
When your first receive your new piece of gold jewellery from ATTIC, it’s going to be beautiful and sparkly. Over time, the stuff of life will affect the finish on your rings, and the sparkle of your gemstones. This change is expected and completely normal, but there are some things that you can do protect your the surface finish of your jewellery and also bring your gemstones back to life when they aren’t shining quite as brightly.
Remove your jewellery.
Make sure to remove your rings especially when you are doing heavy work like lifting weights, fixing cars, swimming, or doing dishes (yes, doing the dishes is heavy work.) This will help protect the surface of your jewellery from scratches, and your gemstones and settings from being damaged.
When storing your jewellery, think about protecting the surface of the jewellery and being as gentle as you can with it. Store your jewellery on soft trays, or in boxes or bags ,that won’t scratch up your pieces. There are so many great jewellery dishes and ring cones out there, but double check to make sure that the surface of your dish isn’t rough as it can scratch your pieces.
Pro tip: To protect your jewellery from hard and abrasive surfaces, line your ring dishes or trays with suede or velvet inserts.
Storing chains and pendants in bags or pouches can be a bit tricky, but if you leave about an inch of the chain outside of the pouch, it can help prevent the chain from getting tangled.
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If you find that your gemstones are not looking quite as sparkly as they did when you first got them, your ring may just need a good cleaning. Our body oils and lotions etc, get trapped under gemstones, and over time can affect the play of light in your stone.
While we don’t recommend bathing or showering in your jewellery, you can and should give your jewellery its own bath at least a once a month.
Soak your jewellery in a dish of warm soapy water (away from the sink) for a good hour or so. Add a few drops of dish detergent in warm water to help break down the oils etc. Sapphires, diamonds and rubies are tough and can withstand this kind of bath, but check in with us if you are unsure about how to clean your other gemstones.
Once your jewellery has had a good soak, use an old soft toothbrush (baby toothbrushes work great), and give a gentle clean around the gemstones. Get underneath the setting as best as you can, and you should see a difference in your gemstones right away. Dry your jewellery with a lint free cloth, and then give your piece a gentle hand polish with the dry part of the cloth.
It’s also a good idea to bring in your pieces to ATTIC or another jeweller for PROFESSIONAL CLEANINGS once or twice a year. At that time, we’ll give your ring a quick checkup to make that everything looks good.
Make sure that your ring still fits.
Our hands change over time, so make sure that your rings still fit you well as your hands change. A ring that fits well should go on easily, and need about 2-3 “walks” over the knuckle to remove it.
Fit is especially important with engagement and other gemstone rings, because we want the setting to sit at the top of your finger. If your ring is rocking from side side, or worse, rolling around your finger, this could possibly damage the setting or gemstone, so book a checkup with ATTIC, so that we can measure your finger and size your ring if needed.
Schedule your annual checkup.
Like most things that you want to keep, your fine jewellery will need a checkup from time to time. Jewellery set with gemstones needs special care, and it’s always good to have your favourite jeweller look closely at your pieces to make sure that your gemstones are secure in their settings. Once a year should do the trick, but if anything seems strange to you, stop wearing your jewellery, and CONTACT US right away.
Insure your engagement ring.
If you’ve just received a higher priced piece of jewellery, we highly recommend contacting your insurance company to have your new piece added to your existing policy. If you are looking for jewellery specific coverage, Jewellers Mutual provides comprehensive packages worth looking into.