How to Care for Diamonds

July 20, 2018 @ 4:00 PM

How to care for diamonds: 

Diamond is the hardest material found on earth, but that doesn't mean it's indestructible. Your shiny new diamond ring might be resistant to scratches but be careful when it comes to chips and cleaves. One good knock and your diamond could break, or even worse, fall completely out of its setting. Your diamond is made to last a lifetime and with proper care and maintenance, it can exceed generations. Use these tips as a quick guide on how to care for your new diamond!  

Handling a diamond:  

Avoid touching your diamond. Oils from your skin easily adhere to diamonds, making them magnets for dirt and ......

...
Read More

How to Care for Colored Gemstones

July 19, 2018 @ 4:15 PM

How to Care for Colored Gemstones:  

Besides diamonds, colored gemstones are an extremely popular choice amongst jewelry lovers worldwide. There are hundreds of different gemstones out there, but we'll focus on the most popular ones in this post: rubies, sapphires, emeralds, amethyst, and blue topaz. Unlike diamonds, these gemstones must be treated with extra special care to ensure their longevity, but don't stress – it's easier than you might think! 

Caring for colored gemstones: 

Believe it or not, some gemstones are very particular to how they are stored and cleaned. For example, amethyst should never be left in direct sunlight or the natural......

...
Read More

How to Care for Silver and Platinum

July 19, 2018 @ 10:30 AM

Purchasing silver and platinum jewelry can be a worthwhile choice due to the longevity of both metals. But as many sterling silver and platinum owners know, tarnishing can be a real problem if the jewelry is not maintained correctly. Sterling silver tarnishes when exposed to oxygen or sulfur, turning the once bright finish dull and dark. Platinum jewelry doesn't tarnish like silver, but it does take on a signature patina over time. Luckily the tarnish and patina can be easily removed, so don't fret! Follow these simple tips to make sure your silver and platinum stay bright and shiny! 

How to care for silver:  

The easiest step in keeping your silver tarnish free? Wear it! With ......

...
Read More

How to Care for Gold

July 17, 2018 @ 4:15 PM

Gold is a timeless metal that is never meant to go out of style. If treated right, your gold jewelry should last a lifetime. The key to caring for gold jewelry is knowing that gold is very soft. The higher the karat value, the softer the gold due to the amount (or lack) of alloys. For example, 10K gold contains a high percentage of alloys, like copper and silver, that help strengthen the piece. 24k gold contains a lower percentage of alloys and is much softer due to the high gold content. Since gold is so soft, it can be prone to dings or scratches. Be mindful when wearing gold rings, bracelets, or watches to avoid damage. 

Here are a few things to remember when dealing with gold jewelry: 

  • S.........
  • ...
Read More

How to Care for Pearls

July 16, 2018 @ 5:00 PM

If you're a fan of jewelry, chances are you own a strand or two of cultured pearls. But do you know how to properly clean and care for the delicate gemstone? This guide breaks down the do's and don'ts on how to maintain the timelessness of your pearls and keep them looking new for decades to come. 

As most know, pearls are formed by oysters secreting a substance called nacre around an irritant, such as a grain of sand. The nacre builds layer upon layer and soon, a pearl is formed. On the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, pearls rate between a 2.5 and 4.5 out of 10, meaning they are very soft and vulnerable to scratching. Additionally, pearls can lose their shine or luster if exposed to chemicals, sweat, or other abrasives....

Read More