Fine jewelry is a precious possession that is designed and crafted to last a lifetime. However, proper care is required to assure the lasting qualities of your jewelry. Deinte is pleased to offer the following simple guidelines and tips for the care and cleaning of your fine jewelry.
Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.
Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box with compartments and dividers. If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each 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 down the drain.
See a goldsmith at least once a year to have your jewelry checked for loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear. Visit a goldsmith every six months to have your jewelry professionally cleaned.
Although gold cloths are quite effective in cleaning gold jewelry, there are many types of small machines on the market that will clean jewelry in a matter of minutes using high-frequency sound. These machines are called “ultrasonic cleaners” and are available in many different models and prices. They can be a convenient way to quickly clean your jewelry at home. However, ultrasonic cleaners can damage some jewelry.
Remove all gold jewelry before showering or cleaning. Soap can cause a film to form on karat gold jewelry, making it appear dull and dingy. By preventing the formation of this film, you immediately reduce the occasions your pieces will need to be cleaned.
To clean your jewelry at home, you’ll find many commercial cleaners available. In addition, you will find a soft gold cloth an effective and inexpensive way to keep your pieces lustrous and shining. You can buy a soft gold cloth at Deinte.
Be careful of chlorine. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor your gold jewelry. Do not wear gold jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.
Is Your White Gold Ring Turning Yellow?!!!!!!!
What is White Gold? White Gold is basically Yellow Gold with some added minerals like Zinc to give it a Whiter look. That’s why White Gold has a Yellowish cast to it, it’s really Yellow Gold to begin with! Once White Metals are added to the Gold, it’s then Rhodium Plated.
Rhodium Plating is a tough White Metal that is electroplated on top of the Gold so that the Yellow disappears! Almost all White Gold Jewelry is Rhodium plated to make them a brighter and more beautiful White!
What you’re seeing when your rings and jewelry are looking Yellow is the Rhodium Plating wearing off or rubbing off through normal wear and tear.
That’s the biggest down-side to White Gold, it’s not a True White Metal! How fast the Rhodium wears off depends on how often you wear your Jewelry and what it comes in contact with, like chemicals, abrasions, detergents and even your own body acids! In the case of rings, the Rhodium wears off faster than any other jewelry.
White Gold can last a lifetime. As long as you have it replated whenever it starts to turn yellow. Take it in to your local Jeweler or goldsmith and have them polish and re-rhodium plate it again for a minimal cost!