Expert Tips On Jewelry Care & Service

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:

Jewelry Inspecition

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!

White Gold Ring

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!

Jewelry Box

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!

Ring Dish

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!

Jewelry Appraisal

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!

Caring For Your Jewelry

Whether you have just recently got engaged, received something sparkly over the holidays or just want to keep your existing jewelry shining bright, take a look at our tips on how to best care for your jewelry:

Jewelry boxes can collect dust and can quickly become disorganized – take a moment to wipe down your jewelry box and use a lint roller to roll up and pesky dust particles.

  • Organize your jewelry by category and make sure to store properly – remember, anything silver should be stored in an anti-tarnish pouch!  We recommend storing costume jewelry separately from fine jewelry, this can prevent additional tarnishing and helps you remember what’s fine jewelry vs costume
  • Find any jewelry that may not fit your style anymore?  We offer restyling – let us transform your outdated jewelry into something new and modern.  Another option is to bring your jewelry to be evaluated by our buyers – who knows what some of your jewelry can be worth!  We offer trades or cash for jewelry, scrap gold and more!

When was the last time you looked closely at your jewelry?  There may be some wear or damage to your precious jewelry that can easily be fixed.

Take your precious goods to any Michaels Jewelers location to have it inspected every 3-6 months to make sure all prongs are tight and clasps are working properly to avoid losing stones or your jewelry all together.  There’s nothing worse than losing a cherished piece of jewelry.

Does your white gold look dull?  We offer Rhodium plating that will make your jewelry look brand new! Is your watch not running?  We can replace batteries on the spot!  Michaels Jewelers is a full service jeweler who can take care of any jewelry repair and restoration needs.

 

There are 3 easy ways to clean your jewelry:

1. Bring your jewelry to any Michaels Jewelers location for a complimentary cleaning & inspection.  Professional cleaning systems are far superior than any home treatment plus you get the benefit of having a professional inspect your jewelry for any issues (see above), plus its FREE!
2. Invest in an at-home cleaning system.  Our Michaels Jewelers Care Kit has all the essentials needed to make your jewelry truly shine.  At a $14.95 price point – receive an all purpose cleaner, 4 ply polishing cloth, anti-tarnish pouch and anti-tarnish strips.  Michaels Jewelers New Cleaning Solutions can be used on any jewelry – from silver to semi-precious and porous gemstones.  If you do not have a Michaels Jewelers Care Kit or New Cleaning Solution,  be careful and read the label on any jewelry cleaner to make sure that it is compatible with your jewelry
3. For For an easy DIY cleaning, soak your ring for a few minutes in mild dish soap and warm water, then scrub carefully with a soft toothbrush

 

Click below to see how our care kit works!

Michaels Jewelers’ Care Kit

 

If you ever have any questions related to your jewelry care, reach out to our professional jewelers who would be happy to help!
 

Spring Jewelry Cleaning Tips from the Pros!

Now that Spring is officially upon us, almost everyone has started their Spring cleaning, but don’t forget about cleaning your jewelry!  Come in today for a full professional cleaning and inspection at Michaels Jewelers.  Our free service utilizes the latest in ultrasonic and high pressure steam cleaning and our thorough inspection will insure your gemstones are tightly mounted to prevent loss.  If you can’t make it into one of our stores soon, here is a safe way to keep most of your sparkly gems shining at home:

  1. Fill a small bowl with warm water and add a small amount of gentle dish soap.  The best choice is one made with natural ingredients in order to avoid harming your jewelry with chemicals. Gentle hand soaps or shampoos may also be used but be sure not to use one which contains moisturizers as this could leave a film on your gemstones
  2. Place your jewelry in the bowl for a few minutes to allow the warm water to penetrate and loosen any dirt, dust, and grime that has built up there
  3. Use a soft bristled toothbrush to gently rub any grime from your jewelry.  Scrub lightly, poking the bristles into the hard-to-reach crevices.  Most mountings have openings behind your gemstones.  Use the brush to reach through these openings to the backs of your gemstones
  4. Rinse your ring in cool water
  5. Lay your jewelry out on a paper towel or clean cloth to dry
  6. Stop by any Michaels Jewelers location and have one of our Associates check your jewelry to ensure there aren’t any loose stones and use the proper form of cleaning.  If you have any questions on which method is best for your jewelry, don’t hesitate to ask.  Remember, Cleaning and Inspection is FREE!