- Cleaning Your Jewelry
- Refinishing Your Jewelry
- Storing Your Jewelry
- Avoid Extreme Temperatures
- Inspect Your Jewelry Before Putting It On
- Where Should You Store Your Valuables?
- Care Of Pearls
The simplest way to clean most jewelry is with warm soapy water and a soft brush. Be sure to clean the backs of all transparent or translucent gemstones really well because this allows the facets of the gemstone to reflect light properly. A very expensive Diamond can appear to be worth a small fraction of its value when dirt prevents the real brilliance of the Diamond from being seen. The true color of many gems becomes muted, because light return is diminished when dirt accumulates on the bottom of the gem. Be aware of the fact that several gems such as Emeralds, Pearls and Opals require a little more TLC than other gemstones.
By all means avoid using any abrasive cleaners on your jewelry. Abrasives can scratch many gemstones and may remove the original finish from your jewelry. Never use anything with chlorine in it to clean your jewelry, chlorine reacts with gold and will ruin your gold jewelry. Never mix cleaning solutions, mixing chlorine and ammonia can be lethal. Don't boil your jewelry on the stove and certainly don't boil it with ammonia. Why would you want ammonia fumes in your home? Occasionally someone boiling their jewelry forgets about the pot on the stove and brings their burnt jewelry with damaged gemstones to us for repair. A stove is no place for jewelry.
At Geiger's Jewelers we have always offered free jewelry cleaning services and most other quality jewelry stores do as well. When your jewelry gets to the point that soapy water or a store bought jewelry cleaner will not do the job, it's time to take it to a professional. Our ultrasonic cleaners and steam machines will make the dirtiest jewelry sparkle again, and the cleaning service is FREE!!!
If your jewelry is dull, discolored, worn, or badly scratched, it can be refinished and restored to its original condition by our professional jewelers. Refinishing your jewelry is a simple process, that can usually be performed while you wait at one of our stores. Our jewelers can make your worn jewelry look new and worth much more than it does now. Do you have lots of thing you don't wear anymore? You will be pleasantly surprised when you see what refinishing can do for your old jewelry.
All jewelry made from platinum, gold or silver tarnishes over time from the process of oxidation. A film or thin layer of discoloration develops on the exterior of these metals. When a metal such as copper oxidizes it turns green. When yellow gold, white gold or platinum jewelry tarnishes it does not totally change color like copper, instead it becomes very dull and changes color ever so slightly. Silver dulls and turns black usually requiring continuous cleaning unless it is plated with a finish to retard the oxidation process.
Rhodium is the most common plating material used to plate Sterling Silver because it provides a bright mirror like finish and it is also silver in color. An article of yellow gold jewelry can be made to look like it is white gold by having it Rhodium plated. New platinum and white gold jewelry is commonly Rhodium plated to provide a brighter finish. We provide Rhodium plating services at an average fee of $15 to $30 per item, based on the size and value of the item which needs to be refinished. Now that white gold is so popular, refinishing your yellow gold jewelry with a Rhodium finish (which can be removed again) means you do not have to buy new jewelry to be in style.
A Rhodium plated item may retain its finish for a lifetime or for only a short period of time, depending upon factors such as the type of metal being plated, the amount of wear the article is subjected to, each individuals body chemistry and the thickness of the plating. The good news is that if the rhodium finish on a piece of jewelry wears off over time, it can be re-plated to look brand new and the process is not very expensive.
And don't forget, if you really don't like the style of some of the older pieces of jewelry you have, we also can remodel them into contemporary creations for a fraction of the cost it would be to buy a similar new item.
Many necklaces are lost because of clasps that have broken or simply worn out with age. Do you have a necklace or pendant that is a couple of years old? When was the last time you inspected the clasp and the loops that connect the clasp to the chain to see if they are wearing thin. Gold is a relatively soft metal and wears out in areas that are subjected to a lot of friction over time. Are the links on your bracelet getting very thin? Check all of the links carefully and pay special attention by the clasp because these links tend wear out sooner than the others in a bracelet or chain. The good news is that we can rebuild old loops and links on your jewelry that have worn thin and make them like new again!
Are all of the gemstones in your jewelry secure? Are any of the prongs holding the gemstones missing or worn thin? You can usually tell if a gemstone is loose by touching it from side to side, if it moves it definitely needs to be tightened. Loose Diamonds are in danger of being lost because they are much harder than gold. When a loose Diamond moves in a mounting the gold setting wears away until the Diamond falls out. Inspect your gemstones regularly, every month or so depending on wear, to be certain they are secure. If you are not sure if a gemstone is loose, please bring your jewelry into one of our stores and we will inspect it for you, free of charge. Our jeweler will check that your prongs are all intact and that they are not wearing thin. In addition, we inspect for cracks or unusual wear and will provide you with a complementary professional cleaning. We will never charge you to inspect or clean your jewelry so please feel free to stop by.