We maintained the highest standards in design, materials and craftsmanship, creating jewelry that can be passed down from generation to generation. With some simple, basic care, you can help preserve and protect your ANGELA ITALY jewelry for years to come.
Over time, fine jewelry can become a treasured family heirloom if it is cared for properly. Dust, pollution and daily wear all conspire to cloud the brilliance of gemstones. The surface of gold can become dulled. Bumps and chafing can damage prongs and clasps and cause the loss of a stone or an entire jewel.
Professional cleanings are recommended as often as once a year.
Here are some jewelry care tips to help you maintain the stunning appeal of your fine jewelry in between professional cleanings:
1. Store your jewelry in a clean, dry space.
This seems like an obvious tip, but at the end of the day, we’ve all been guilty of tossing our jewelry in a drawer or on the nightstand. It’s best to carefully place your jewelry in the original packaging or in a jewelry case. If you don’t have a jewelry case, make sure to wrap each piece of jewelry in a soft tissue or paper before placing it in a drawer. This will prevent scratching and tangling.
2. Avoid shocks and damaging chemicals.
It is advisable to remove jewelry before going to sleep, before practicing any sporting activity, when washing hands or using corrosive products. Avoid contact with perfumes, alcohol, cosmetics, ammonia and chlorine. Keep jewelry away from excessive heat and avoid exposing it to sudden temperature changes.
3. Use mild cleaners for regular cleanings.
One of the best jewelry cleaning methods involves warm water, mild dish soap, and a soft brush. However, ultrasonic jewelry cleaning has become popular for jewelry lovers looking for a more thorough approach to cleaning their jewelry.
If you’re considering ultrasonic cleaning, it’s best to leave your jewelry in the care of trained jewelers who understand how to use this technology safely. Ultrasonic cleaning can sometimes shake gems loose or chip gemstones if used incorrectly. Plus, organic gemstones like pearls, coral, ivory, and amber should not be cleaned ultrasonically. The same applies to gems impacted by heat and temperature changes like tanzanite, moonstone, opal, turquoise, and topaz.
4. Insure your jewelry.
Accidents happen. It’s impossible to predict when disaster will strike, whether a burglar cleans out your jewelry box or a fire rips through your home leaving nothing behind. That’s why it’s always a good idea to insure your jewelry. In the tragic event something happens to your precious pieces, you have peace of mind knowing your investment is protected.
A jewelry appraisal is typically one of the first steps to insuring your jewelry. You’ll need to visit a certified appraiser who will determine the value of your piece or collection. We can also help you find a certified appraiser in your area.