JEWELRY CARE GUIDE & TIPS
Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.
- Never bend your jewelry. Precious metals are fragile and not made to be bent, squeezed or twisted.
- Always protect your jewelry from sharp blows, scratching, chemicals, sunlight and heat/cold.
- Regularly inspect your gold jewelry for weakness or damage.
- Store your jewelry individually in a soft lined box or pouch.
- Clean your jewelry occasionally using a professional jewelry cleaning solution that is safe for gold and silver.
- Keep your plated jewelry dry and away from oils and chemicals simply wipe clean with a soft cloth and store in an airtight container.
- We do not recommend swimming wearing your jewelry as chlorinated and salt water can cause damage to all metals even gold – especially gold plated jewelry.
- Avoid wearing jewelry (especially rings) while cleaning, gardening, performing sports activities, manual labor, rock throwing, yoga, etc...
- Tarnish is a natural occurrence as a result of oxidation, caused by the exposure of silver (and gold plated jewelry) with certain elements such as oxygen or sulfur as well as with certain acids. To help prevent tarnishing, keep your jewelry dry and stored in an airtight container or ziplock plastic bag.
SAFELY STORE JEWELRY
Proper jewelry storage is often overlooked. Jewelry should never be tossed into a drawer or on top of a dresser as this will cause your jewelry to get scratched and may even damage gemstones.
Store your jewelry pieces in a soft lined jewelry box. Jewelry boxes that feature individually padded slots for rings and posts for hanging necklaces and bracelets are also ideal. Pouches are good too but take care and keep your jewelry pouch somewhere safe so the jewelry does not get crushed.
Sterling silver, should be kept in an airtight anti-tarnish bag, cloth or boxes.
KEEP JEWELRY AWAY FROM CHEMICALS
Exposure to chemicals can damage or discolor precious metals – gold, silver and platinum – and may harm some colored gems. Even everyday substances like hairspray, lotion, abrasive liquids, perfume or other cosmetics can contain chemicals that will permanently damage the surface of your pearls and other delicate or porous gems (like turquoise). Fine jewelry should be removed before diving into a chlorinated swimming pool, salty sea water and before using any household cleaners. Many of these cleaners contain ammonia, which can be too harsh for delicate gems and metals. Chlorine bleach, another common household solvent, can pit or damage gold alloys.
AVOID BENDING YOUR RING
The best way to prevent your ring from deforming or breaking is to take it off when you do any intense work with your hands such as exercising and when carrying heavy objects. Always take off your rings before going to sleep.
WHY DO RINGS BEND?
The main reason most rings bend is exerted physical pressure, usually when you are doing some kind of manual work while wearing your ring. Just the act of wearing a ring and picking ordinary things up with your hands can bend the metal. Sleeping with your rings on will bend the metal. Things you should really avoid doing while wearing rings: going to bed, carrying luggage, heavy boxes, exercising, doing push-ups, punching, weightlifting, hammering, etc...).
WHAT METALS ARE MORE PRONE TO BENDING?
Even though it is a precious metal, yellow gold is one of the easiest metals to bend, and the higher the karat is, the softer and more pliable the gold is.
Another metal that is also soft and can easily bend is silver. Platinum is a harder, less pliable metal, therefore, will be less prone to bending and scratching.
Gold and silver are very malleable metals and can bend easily. Not to mention that when you’re wearing it, your hands may heat up these metals making them even softer. Please take care when wearing your rings.
I HAVE AN OPEN BAND RING, WHAT CAN I DO TO TAKE CARE OF IT?*
Never bend or squeeze an open band ring to resize it. Open band rings are more fragile because they are a "C" shape, not an "O" shape and have an opening that makes them more susceptible to bending. Please be extra mindful when wearing an open band ring. The constant bending of the ring may cause the metal to weaken and eventually break. Always take off your open band rings whenever going to bed, doing any manual labor, and when carrying heavy objects.
* Open band rings include all of our Damian Rings and Invidia Rings
HOW TO CARE FOR GOLD JEWELRY
Gold is lasting and durable but can get scratched or dented if treated roughly. Always protect your jewelry from sharp blows and rough surfaces. Gold is softer than sand. Sand will scratch your jewelry. Don't wear it on the beach or pools! Gold's worst enemy is chlorine. Repeated exposure can weaken gold's structure, eventually leading to breakage. So keep your jewelry away from chlorinated cleaning products and out of swimming pools and jacuzzis.
HOW TO CARE FOR STERLING SILVER
Important information and tips about sterling silver jewelry, how to take care of your pieces and how to help prevent them from tarnishing:
Over time, any sterling silver jewelry piece exposed to air will tarnish. Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals. It’s the other metals, primarily copper, that cause sterling silver to tarnish.
The copper reacts to moisture and sulfur in the air, causing the tarnishing reaction. Silver tarnishes faster in areas with high humidity and air pollution. Chemicals like hairspray, perfume, deodorant, body lotion, bleach, etc., can speed up the tarnishing process. Be also mindful to keep silver away from rubber, vinegar, olives and fruit juice.
Store your sterling silver jewelry in a cool, dark place away from sources of sunlight, heat and moisture. To reduce scratching and tarnishing, store your pieces individually in small zip-lock plastic bags, removing as much air as possible. You may also want to put a small strip of anti-tarnish paper in each bag with the jewelry.Don’t leave silver jewelry in the bathroom unprotected, and do not wear it the shower, swimming pool or hot tub. Humidity and moisture can make tarnish appear faster.
After taking off your silver jewelry, clean it with a dry soft cloth, or polishing cloth, before putting it back into an airtight container.
If the polishing cloth doesn’t remove all the tarnish, wash silver jewelry (without gemstones or pearls) in warm water with a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid. Immerse the sterling silver in the water and gently handwash. Use a cotton swab for tight corners.
If the jewelry contains gemstones or pearls, do not submerge the entire piece into the water. Instead, use a cotton swab with a mild dishwashing liquid to wash only the silver.
Thoroughly rinse your pieces after washing, and completely dry the sterling silver before storing, as moisture is one of the factors that contribute to tarnishing. We do not recommend using toothpaste, baking soda or anything abrasive for cleaning as it may scratch the surface of the silver. Do not use harsh chemicals such as bleach, acetone, etc, to clean your silver because they can make silver dull, and ruin the surface of the metal.
One of the best ways to keep sterling silver beautiful is to wear it!
Make sure to take care of your precious jewelry and keepsakes so that they can last forever.
WHAT IS RHODIUM PLATING?
Rhodium is a precious metal, a member of the platinum family. Rhodium plating, also known as rhodium dip or rhodium flashing, is used to increase the durability, luster and light reflection of a piece of jewelry, as well as to help resist tarnish. White rhodium plating is mainly used on silver-hued metals, such as white gold, palladium or silver.
Since all gold is naturally slightly yellow we will finish our white gold jewelry with a coat of white rhodium to give the piece of jewelry an ultra white appearance. Most of our sterling silver jewelry is also plated with a thin layer of rhodium.
Generally, rhodium will wear off of rings the quickest because of constant wear and friction on objects coming into contact with your hands. Most people will have their white gold rings re-rhodium plated about once a year.
If you want your jewelry re-plated, please contact us at email@example.com
WHAT IS GOLD VERMEIL?
Gold vermeil jewelry is sterling silver jewelry that is electroplated with a thin coating of 18k or 24k gold. To create gold vermeil, the item is first crafted in fine or sterling silver and is then covered in gold using the process known as electrolysis. With proper care, your gold vermeil pieces are capable of lasting for a very long time, and can last for many years.
Because gold vermeil is made with a silver base, and because silver is known for naturally oxidizing, it is only a matter of time before gold vermeil will begin to tarnish. However, this does not have to be a permanent issue. With regular cleaning and proper maintaining, the tarnish can be removed and the vermeil restored to sparkle.
HOW TO MAINTAIN GOLD VERMEIL
Here are easy ways to keep the luster of your gold plated jewelry. As it is a thin layer of gold, extra care should be taken to maximize its lifespan. Please read our tips on how to care for your vermeil jewelry:
- When you aren’t wearing your gold vermeil jewelry, store it in a soft-lined jewelry box, or a soft cloth away from dust and dirt. An airtight box or a small ziplock bag is ideal as it can minimize the oxidization of the silver base.
- Avoid exposure to humidity, water, alcohol, chlorine, all chemicals, oils, lotions, nail polish removers, perfume or hairspray. This will weaken and damage the surface of the plating.
- To prevent tarnishing, wipe gold vermeil jewelry after use. The accumulation of your natural body oils, cosmetics and grime can cause the jewelry to lose its sparkle and to fade.
- Avoid placing your gold vermeil near any heat as this can cause discoloration and deformation.
- Avoid wiping gold vermeil items with coarse fabrics or chemicals as this can strip the gold off. We don't recommend wetting your gold vermeil pieces, but if it really needs cleaning only use a 100% cotton or microfiber soft cloth to very gently wipe the item with room temperature soapy water. Then allow drying completely before storing.
HOW TO CARE FOR PEARLS
Pearls are very soft and need special care. After wearing, gently wipe the pearl with a soft cloth or chamois and store in the jewelry box provided away from other jewelry. Keep away from rough surfaces and scratchy fabrics as pearls are soft and delicate by nature and may be prone to scratching. Only use cleaners labeled safe for pearls. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or steam-clean pearls.
Besides, pearls are easily damaged by chemicals like perfume, vinegar and lemon juice. Heat can turn pearls brown or dry them out and make them crack. Dry air can also damage pearls. Most safe deposit vaults have very dry air and can damage pearls.
Only use jewelry cleaners labeled as safe for pearls. Many of commercial jewelry cleaners contain ammonia, which will cause deterioration.
Do not expose to dish or wash detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners (like Windex). Do not wear when applying cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume, or when showering or swimming
JEWELRY REPAIRS & RESIZING
We encourage you to send your Diaboli Kill jewelry back to us for professional servicing. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.