At Brilliance, we believe the key to preserving and protecting your diamonds, gemstones, and fine jewelry is to follow the recommended guidelines for cleaning, storage, and maintenance. Twice a year, we invite you to take advantage of our care and maintenance services for all fine jewelry. Contact a Brilliance diamond and jewelry expert to learn more about this complimentary service.
Each type of fine jewelry has its own individual guidelines of care according to its metal and gemstone composition. Below, we’ve compiled some recommended tips from our master jewelers for keeping your prized pieces as beautiful as the day you purchased them.
The hardest, most durable gemstone found in nature, the diamond ruggedly resists scratching and exposure to the elements. Combined with its natural resilience, the diamond’s unrivaled sparkle and beauty make it a natural choice for the wedding and engagement rings that are used to commemorate a lifetime of love and loyalty.
Although they’re highly resistant to scratching, diamonds should still be treated gently. Avoid banging your diamond jewelry or engagement ring against a hard surface, which can result in the stone chipping or coming loose from its setting. To maintain the stone’s brilliance, you can use a mixture of warm water and a mild jewelry cleanser. To make your own safe and effective solution, mix one part ammonia with six parts of water, then submerge your diamond jewelry in the liquid for 10-20 minutes. A soft-bristled brush can be used, but avoid making contact with the setting of your diamond, as the metal can become scratched. It is not advisable to place diamond jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner, as this may cause the stones to loosen.
We recommend that you take your diamond pieces to a professional jeweler at least twice a year for a thorough cleaning and inspection; this will help to restore your stone’s original brilliance and ensure that the prongs are still tight enough to secure the diamond.
When you’re not wearing your diamond jewelry, store it in a separate cloth pouch or lined case to keep it from coming into contact with other fine jewelry and to eliminate dust and surface residue.
Solid gold will not rust, but frequent use can cause it to lose some of its original luster and accumulate smudges and dirt. To help maintain your gold jewelry’s radiant shine, we recommend cleaning it periodically with a mixture of gentle detergent and warm water. Never expose your gold jewelry to harsh soaps, lotions, or chlorine.
It’s okay to use a brush to remove dirt, as long as you choose one with soft bristles to avoid scratching. After cleaning the surfaces of your gold piece, including the setting and clasp, you can polish your jewelry using a dry, soft cloth, such as the one included with every order shipment from Brilliance.
Proper storage is another key to preserving your gold’s beauty. When you’re not wearing it, store each piece in a separate plastic bag or cloth pouch to reduce the occurrence of oxidation and to prevent the gold from getting scratched by other pieces. Twice a year, we recommend that you take your gold pieces to a professional jeweler for an expert inspection and cleaning to keep your gold looking lustrous for years to come.
The rarest and most precious metal used in fine jewelry and engagement rings, platinum should be carefully cleaned and maintained to keep it looking its best. Whenever you notice your platinum piece starting to look dull or dirty, let it soak in a gentle jewelry cleaner—never use harsh chemicals or soaps—and then polish it with a soft, dry cloth.
It’s a good idea to take your platinum pieces to an expert jeweler twice a year to have them thoroughly cleaned and inspected. An optional polish will keep your platinum looking glossy, or you may opt to let the metal “age” naturally and develop the matte patina that many consider to be one of platinum’s best attributes.
Unworn platinum jewelry should be kept in a separate container—either a tarnish-free jewelry box, soft cloth bag, or sealable plastic bag—to prevent scratching.
Its relative softness requires that silver jewelry be treated with extra care to prevent scratching and tarnishing. Keep your sterling silver pieces looking beautiful by following our expert recommendations for care, cleaning, and storage.
Dirt and smudges can be easily removed from silver by dry-polishing the surface with a soft cloth. Avoid coarse towels or fabrics, which can cause scratches. Although soft detergents mixed with warm water are fine, don’t expose your silver to harsh soaps or chemical-based cleansers.
Ensure peace of mind by taking your sterling silver to a professional jeweler twice a year for a comprehensive cleaning. Every few months, you may choose to have your silver piece coated with a layer of rhodium to restore its initial brilliance.
When your silver jewelry isn’t being worn, prevent tarnish, dullness, and scratching by storing prized pieces in their own soft cloth bag, sealed plastic bag, or non-tarnish jewelry box. Be sure to avoid warm, moist rooms, such as bathrooms and kitchens, opting for a cool, dry area instead.
Mined from deep within the earth’s crust and carefully cut and processed by master gemologists, fine gemstones should be treated with care. If your stone starts to look dull or dirty, use a soft, dry cloth to gently polish its surface.
Periodically, you may choose to soak the stone in a mixture of gentle detergent and warm water, and then use a soft-bristled brush to wipe away dirt and oil deposits, avoiding the metal setting to prevent scratching. Finally, rinse the gemstone and dry it with a soft cloth.
Although there are a large number of ultrasonic jewelry cleaners on the market, these are not recommended by professional jewelers, as the harsh chemicals can compromise your more sensitive stones. It’s always best to clean your precious gemstones the same way they were mined—by hand.
Many types of gemstones are extremely resilient and resistant to scratching, but they can still become loosened or chipped when banged against hard surfaces. Avoid wearing your fine gemstones in potentially destructive situations, and store them securely in an individual pouch or bag when you’ve removed them.
Grown in nature under delicate conditions, pearls are a soft, sensitive gemstone that should be treated with extra care. Avoid using an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, as the harsh chemicals can compromise the quality of the porous stone. Instead, clean your pearls by hand using gentle detergent, warm water, and a soft cloth. You may also want to take them to a professional jeweler every few months for a thorough cleaning.
Pearls are the most radiant when they’re being worn, as the natural oils of your skin serve to enhance their natural luster. Avoid exposure to hairspray, powder cosmetics, and perfumes, as these can contain chemicals that can damage the pearls. When they’re not in use, you can preserve the beauty of your pearls by storing them in a separate soft cloth pouch or sealable plastic bag to prevent surface damage.