Caring for your jewellery:
Do: seek advice from the jeweller before using cleaning solutions. Most jewellery can be gently soaked in warm soapy water and then using a web cotton bud or paint brush to remove grease and debris. But some stones – for example, opals, turquoise, emeralds and pearls – may be damaged accidentally so seek advice from your jeweller before plunging your precious pieces in water. Ultrasonic devices are excellent for gold, platinum and silver jewels, also for diamonds and many of the harder gemstones, but cannot be used of antique pieces or fragile stones.
Do: ask your jeweller to check the settings on your gemstone jewellery regularly; also the clasps and silk thread on your pearl necklace and the links on necklace and bracelets.
Do: treat your jewellery with respect. Remove it before you go to bed or before doing chores such as gardening or cleaning the house. Most jewellery is not made to withstand robust forms of activity and some chemicals can harm both metals and the gemstones!
Do: store your jewellery individually in their boxes so that chains don’t become tangled and your diamonds don’t scratch precious metals or other more fragile gemstones.
Do: wear and enjoy it!
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