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BESPOKE DESIGN LOOKING AFTER JEWELLERY DIAMOND GUIDE

LOOKING AFTER JEWELLERY


Looking after your diamonds is essential in order to help them maintain their natural sparkle. Clean diamonds regularly: A variety of substances such as dust, skin oil, and others can cause your diamonds to lose their sparkle. Ensure you clean your diamonds regularly in soap and water. Then allow them to air dry before you polish them with a soft cloth.

STORE DIAMONDS INDIVIDUALLY

Even though diamonds are the hardest naturally occurring substance on Earth, they can still chip. Prevent your jewels from bumping into each other by storing them individually in soft cloth pouches.

REMOVE DIRT FROM DIAMONDS

Occasionally brush your diamonds, using a worn, soft-bristled toothbrush to help remove dirt from between crevices. For any resistant blemishes, try a weak solution of ammonia and water (approximately one part to four parts) and a soft brush.

GOLD & PLATINUM GUIDE

Platinum's natural white luster is unaffected by time and forever enhances a diamond's sparkle, which means your engagement ring will explode with brilliance.

Platinum contains no yellow color hue or alloys to tinge a diamond's brilliance.

Platinum's unequaled durability, density and resistance to wear makes it the most secure, protective metal for settings, which means your diamond will be protected for a lifetime of wear.

LOOKING AFTER GOLD JEWELLERY


CARING FOR YOUR GOLD JEWELLERY


A simple method of cleaning your gold jewellery is to use warm water and a mild detergent (used for dish washing), and a very soft brush to gently clean the items while they were in the water.

Next step, gently dry it with a soft lint-free cloth. One other method is to make a solution of water and household ammonia (one part ammonia to six parts water) and let your jewellery soak for up to a minute, remove and dry with a soft cloth.

Of course there are commercial cleaners available today that make cleaning your jewellery a snap! Many jewellers carry a commercial dip cleaner. There are a lot of different brands of this type of cleaner, and you are best off to read the label and follow its directions. Another commercial method is the ultrasonic cleaner, which is available in many different models and prices.

You should also have your jewellery checked by a jeweller at least once a year for loose prongs, worn mountings and general wear; do have it professionally cleaned periodically. Between visits to your jeweller, it's important that you check your jewellery pieces each time you wear them, just look them over for any wear or damage, such as clasps that are not fastening securely, prongs that may be cracked, bent or loosened, and chains that may be kinked. If you find any of these conditions, a visit to your jeweller is suggested.

A FEW 'GOLDEN RULES':


  • Remove your gold jewellery when using chemicals and engaging in manual work. Gold will scratch abrade reducing its lustrous appearance.
  • Remove your gold jewellery when swimming - Chlorine will affect its lustre.
  • Gold is softer than sand. Sand will scratch your jewellery. Don't wear it on the beach!
  • Always store your gold jewellery separately in a soft stable-temperature environment. Ideally, keep your jewellery in the box with which it was supplied.
  • To give your gold jewellery a deep clean it can be immersed in a very weak (just a pinch), sodium bicarbonate/boiling water solution for a few seconds. Carefully dry the jewellery immediately with a soft cotton cloth. (*Do not do this if your jewellery contains gemstones).




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