Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for and protect your jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your pieces sparkling for years to come! Take a look at our tips to best care for your jewelry:
1. Did you know jewelry should be cleaned & inspected by a professional every 3-6 months?
Oils from lotions, soap & even touching your jewelry can cloud the appearance of your precious jewelry and in many cases can mask visibility to damage. Our professional cleaning systems are far superior than any home treatment and allows our experts to properly inspect your jewelry for things such as loose prongs or clasps and chips or cracks in your gemstones. By having your jewelry cleaned & inspected on a regular basis, you can ensure your jewelry is well maintained & sparkling bright!
2. Did you know your discolored white gold can be easily fixed?
You may notice over time that your once bright white gold is starting to look a bit yellow. Without proper care or even just natural wear, discoloration can occur. Gold is naturally yellow and to achieve white gold, it is mixed with alloys to develop that bright white color. If you have any discolored white gold jewelry, it can be easily fixed by having your jewelry plated with Rhodium. Rhodium is naturally white metal and can make your jewelry look brand new!
3. Properly store your jewelry
We often find jewelry that has been tangled with knots, tarnished or damaged and could have easily been avoided. Invest in a simply jewelry box to properly organize & store your precious jewelry. Get in the habit of cleaning your jewelry before stowing away to prevent oils and dirt from setting. Keep your sterling silver in anti-tarnish pouches which keeps air exposure out. Lastly, give each piece of jewelry it’s own place – this way they wont rub against each other causing wear or damage & you’ll always know where to find them!
4. Take your jewelry off when you take your shoes off!
Every day tasks can be rough on your precious jewelry. Working out with weights can shift prongs and warp your rings, harsh cleaning chemicals can tarnish your metals & lotions and soaps can make your gemstones appear cloudy. Invest in ring dishes or a safe container (for the gym or traveling) so that you have a safe place to store your jewelry – get in the habit of keeping your jewelry in one place, the only thing worse than dirty jewelry is missing jewelry!
5. Have your jewelry re-appraised every 5-7 years
Most insurance companies require an up to date appraisal. The market changes daily and the value of your jewelry vary – you don’t want to over pay on a premium for your jewelry or worse, find out that your jewelry is worth more than your insurance covers. Our Certified Gemologist Appraisers from the American Gem Society have over 35 years experience in appraising jewelry
Trust Michaels Jewelers to take care of all your jewelry service repair and needs. Our master goldsmiths offer a full range of professional jewelry repair, refinishing and refurbishment services to recapture the pleasure your jewelry was meant to bring!