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Basic care for fine jewelry

Posted by khcreations on October 8, 2009 at 2:03 PM

Basic care for fine jewelry

Fine jewelry is a precious possession that is designed and craftedto last a lifetime. However, proper care is required to assure thelasting qualities of your jewelry. Below are some simple, basicguidelines for the care and cleaning of your fine jewelry:

Basic care tips:

*Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.

*Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box withcompartments and dividers. If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrapeach piece individually in soft tissue paper.

*Don't jumble your jewelry pieces in a drawer or jewelry case. Pieces can scratch each other.

*Be careful when removing your jewelry to wash your hands. Do not leave your jewelry on the rim of a sink where it can easily slip downthe drain.

*See your jeweler at least once a year to have your jewelry checkedfor loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear. Visit yourjeweler every six months to have your jewelry professionally cleaned.

*There are many types of small machines on the market that willclean jewelry in a matter of minutes using high-frequency sound. Thesemachines are called ultrasonic cleaners and are availablein many different models and prices. They can be a convenient way toquickly clean your jewelry at home. However, ultrasonic cleaners candamage some jewelry and prolonged use may loosen gemstones from theirmountings. Your local jeweler can tell you if an ultrasonic cleaningmachine is right for your jewelry wardrobe and, if it is, recommend anappropriate model.

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