Care of Crystals
The crystal jewelry is traditionally crafted and therefore very delicate. The metal is plated and each crystal is individually set . As a result, special care is required. Please follow the advice below.
- Store your jewelry in the original packaging or a soft pouch to avoid scratches.
- Polish your jewelry frequently with a soft cloth to maintain its original, lustrous finish.
- Remove jewelry before washing hands, swimming, and/or applying products (e.g., perfume, hairspray, soap, or lotion), as this could harm the metal and reduce the life of the plating, as well as cause discoloration and loss of crystal brilliance.
- Put on jewelry last when dressing and take off first when undressing.
- Avoid contact with water.
- Avoid hard contact (i.e., knocking against objects) that can scratch or chip the crystal.
Care of Pearls.
Pearls are very soft and need special care. They never should be tossed on top of or next to other gems in a jewelry box. Store them in a jewelry pouch.
Wipe your pearls with a soft cloth after wearing them.
Pearls are porous and easily damaged by chemicals like perfume, cosmetics, and hair spray. 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.
When taking off a pearl ring, grasp the shank, or metal part, rather than the pearl. This will prevent the pearl from loosening and coming into contact with the skin oil on your hand.
Simple rule: Last on - First off.
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner.
Never steam-clean pearls.
Never use (or expose pearls) to wash detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners (like Windex), vinegar and lemon juice.
Never use scouring pads or abrasive materials to clean pearls.
Do not wear pearls when their string is wet. Wet strings stretch and attract dirt, which is hard to remove.
Do not hang pearls to dry.
Take your pearls off when showering or swimming.
Avoid wearing pearls with rough fabrics like Shetland wool.
Have your pearls restrung once a year if you wear them often.
Cleaning your Pearls.
After you wear pearls, just wipe them off with a soft cloth or chamois, which may be dry or damp. This will prevent dirt from accumulating and keep perspiration, which is slightly acidic, from eating away at the pearl nacre. You can even use a drop of olive oil on the cloth to help maintain their luster.
If pearls have not been kept clean and are very dirty, they can be cleaned carefully using water and a very mild soap. Some liquid soap can damage pearls. Pay attention to the areas around the drill holes where dirt may tend to collect. Use a damp cloth. Do not immerse your pearls.
After washing your pearls, lay them flat in a moist kitchen towel to dry. When the towel is dry, your pearls should be dry.
Following these recommendations will ensure you keep enjoying wearing them for years to come.