Are you ready to start your spring cleaning? We know you have a lot on your to-do list already, but taking time to care for your favorite jewelry is well worth the effort! You’ll love seeing that beautiful sparkle all season long. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Inspect Your Jewelry
Visually inspect your pieces for broken or worn prongs. Many times you can easily see or even feel a sharp prong that needs attention. Most prongs need to be re-tipped every 8 to 10 years. A broken prong can quickly lead to a broken heart when you look down and your precious gem is gone! By closely examining your prized jewelry, you can prevent loss.
Don’t Use Harsh Chemicals
There’s an old wives tale that says toothpaste works like a ‘gem’ to keep all things sparkly. The truth is that anything abrasive, including baking soda, can not only scratch the metal, but also work its way into the small crevices of your jewelry, and it’s difficult to get out. Six parts water to one part ammonia is a perfect solution for gold and platinum, and a polishing cloth works wonders on sterling silver.
Visit the Pros
Jewelry stores use professional ultrasonic machines along with professional steamers to ensure the long-term beauty of your diamonds and other gemstones. We recommend taking your jewelry in every six months for a professional cleaning, but in a pinch, it’s okay to use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Semi-precious stones and pearls can be tricky, so just to be safe, check out the recommended care for each stone.
Pull out the Old Favorites
With today’s trends leaning toward layering multiple pieces together, don’t be afraid to mix and match this spring. Dust off Grandma’s locket and pair it with something of a different length and style. Too often, family heirlooms get put in a safe or somewhere never to be seen again. Don’t let that happen to you! If you have a piece that needs a little love or a new setting, take it into Shane Co. and explore the possibilities. We can help you create something new!