Jewelry Care & Best Practices
One thing we always asks our clients to consider when creating their dream ring, for instance is lifestyle. For those who are more active, we typically recommend choosing a stronger and more agile metal such as Platinum, and/or a less ornate design.
However, if you choose a design that is more delicate or fragile, or one that consists of many tiny diamonds set in a micro-pave' or pave', or tension-set, here are some general guidelines, tips and best practices to keep your jewelry in great shape.
Avoid wearing your jewelry when;
- Always take your ring off before bed and place it in a safe spot.
- Clothing fiber, bed sheets, or pillow sheets can snag on the prongs and break them. This is especially recommended for delicate designs such as micro pave', pave', and micro-prongs which contain many little diamonds held by tiny little prongs.
- When putting jewelry away, choose a hidden place that you can easily remember to go back to. Carefully place it in a cloth lined box to prevent it from scratching.
Swimming or Showering
- Remove ring when showering and when applying products and lotion. Hairspray, moisturizers, shampoos, and conditioners can not only make your jewelry look cloudy/dirty, but it can also build up between the crevices of your ring and the product particles can lodge between the prongs, thus causing the stones to shift and become insecure over time.
- Additionally, over time chemicals such as chlorine can weaken metals and cause prongs to break.
- Always remove your ring when participating in any sports or activities that require vigorous use of your hands - i.e., gardening, swimming, cleaning, cooking, laundry, gym activities such as weight lifting, even yoga poses can bend your ring.
- In general keep in mind any risk of snagging or bending, or accidental blunt force, is not good for the structural integrity of the ring and repetitive tension on the ring can eventually lead to damage.
- Lifting everyday heavy items such as luggage, strollers, etc.
- Precious metals such as gold, and platinum are soft! It will bend if not worn carefully.
- Avoid chemicals such as bleach and chlorine, or anything highly acidic as these chemicals can break down and discolor or weaken the base metals in a ring.
- Do not clean jewelry with chemicals or abrasives that are not made for precious metals or natural gemstones (i.e. toothpaste). It can scratch metal and harden under stones.
Here are some things to do, or keep in mind:
- Get it serviced professionally. Bring your ring in once every year for routine check-ups and professional cleaning! Our clients can schedule a free cleaning and maintenance check-up by emailing: info@theclassicgem to coordinate a visit, or scheduling time here.
- Be sure to speak with an expert before having your rings serviced in any way. For example, events such as sizing can can increase the chance of losing stones or deforming a ring if not done carefully or by an experienced bench jeweler. When a ring is re-sized the angle of the prongs changes too and this can cause the stones to shift and weaken the structural integrity of the ring.
- Get it insured! While we do not offer insurance in house - we do recommend a few insurance companies that you can reach out to to get the best value and coverage, coupled with first in class customer experience. Reach out to us for more info, and we'd be happy to share!