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Fine jewelry is a precious possession that is designed and crafted to last generations, but proper care is required to assure the lasting qualities of your jewelry. As a standard rule, once per year is recommended for visiting your jeweler for repair “check ups,” and stop in to get your jewelry cleaned twice a year. 

These simple, basic guidelines for the care and cleaning of your fine jewelry:

  • Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.
  • Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined jewelry case, or in a box with compartments and dividers. If you prefer to use ordinary boxes, wrap each piece individually in soft tissue paper.
  • Don't jumble your jewelry pieces in a drawer or jewelry case. Pieces can scratch each other.
  • Be careful when removing your jewelry to wash your hands. Do not leave your jewelry on the rim of a sink where it can easily slip down the drain.
  • There are many types of small machines on the market that will clean jewelry in a matter of minutes using high-frequency sound. These machines are called ultrasonic cleaners and are available in many different models and prices. Your local jeweler can tell you if an ultrasonic cleaning machine is right for your jewelry wardrobe and, if it is, recommend an appropriate model.

Prevent Jewelry Loss & Repairs

See your jeweler at least once a year to have your jewelry checked for loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear. Visit your jeweler every six months to have your jewelry professionally cleaned. See our guide to Jewelry Repairs >

Insure Your Jewelry

It is devastating to lose a piece of jewelry that holds special meaning and memories. Make sure you don’t lose the value of the piece as well. Always care for your fine jewelry by getting it insured. See our guide for jewelry insurance >

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