Simple care on your side is important for keeping the jewellery in good condition for the long run.
Cleaning: For cleaning it is good to use dishwashing soap [bio if u can] diluted in warm water and applied with an old toothbrush or even better, an electric toothbrush.
Deep cleaning of hard to reach areas can be done in the jewellery studio, or by other jewellers who has an ultrasonic cleanser.
If you wish to take my work to other jeweller for cleaning, you are requested to consult with me first!
Please do not ever let anyone immerse porous gems in the ultrasonic! The never immerse list includes, but is not limited to opals, turquoise, amber, and corals.
Please check with me, or with someone with the relevant knowledge, for every non-crystalline stone whether it is suitable for ultrasonic cleaning.
Protecting the jewellery from physical damage: it is always better to remove rings before doing rough work, even washing dishes. Some stones are very fragile and some like diamonds will never scratch, yet even a diamond may chip or crack if hit hard enough.
High karat gold will not normally brake, but may bend or collect dents and scratches.
At the beach, the sand is hard enough to scratch gold and even some stones, while at the same time it is all too easy to lose jewellery to the ocean.
Chemicals: Chlorine is no friend with gold; some stones may also suffer from too much chlorine, household cleaning
detergents may contain chlorine.
Swimming pools have very low chlorine content, but after years of swimming in chlorinated pools, some gold may start to
show cracks and thin parts may break.
Some white gold alloys are more susceptible to chlorine damage. Chlorine is more active when hot, therefore chlorinated
hot tubs will damage jewellery more quickly!
The extremely toxic metal mercury (Found in old thermometers) will damage gold jewellery, possibly beyond repair! It creates amalgam by binding with the gold, removing the mercury is possible by heating the gold jewellery, but this should NEVER be attempted out side a proper laboratory facility!
(Mercury fumes are highly toxic, and may cause irreversible severe physical damage or death.) Even when removed safely…
the mercury leaves behind porosity in the gold. Sometimes it may be possible to physically remove and replace the
Other potentially damaging chemicals are not normally the sort of stuff one is exposed to. Still, people who work with
chemicals should not wear their jewellery to work.
Porous stones are usually much more sensitive to chemicals, while crystalline gems are generally more resistant.
Chemical reactions are often temperature dependant, therefore some gems, which otherwise can withstand the high temperatures
(needed for certain jewellery repairs), may still develop surface damage.
A chemical reaction with dirt sometimes happens with diamonds (the so-called ‘burned diamond), which is repairable
at the cost of re-cutting, if the stone is large enough. Sapphires behave differently, and may suffer from the usually benevolent boric acid.
These details concerning the care and protections of your jewellery may not concern you just now, but it is your responsibility under the Sale Agreement to take care of the work you bought from me. If you give your jewellery in for repair, it may be a good idea to talk over these things with the repairing jeweller.
For information regarding a specific stone in your jewellery, please contact me and I will try to answer with what I know, or otherwise direct you to where you could look it up.
Interesting information about opals is also available through my Opals Info and Care paper.
If you can, try to bring-in your jewellery for checkups every few years.