How To Clean And Care For Your Jewelry



Protect your jewelry when it is not being worn by separating it from other jewelry, using a different compartment for each item.

When gems are not properly stored they can damage each other. Diamonds, for example, may scratch rubies, sapphires, or emeralds, and they may even scratch other diamonds.

Cultured pearls also need special care because of their softness. Be sure to clean and dry your pearls before storing them in a separate chamois pouch safe from potential harm.


Rings that are worn regularly need periodic cleaning to remove the film caused by cosmetics, soap, and skin oil that may cloud the ring’s beauty. Diamonds especially have an affinity to grease and tend to collect oils from your skin and dishwater.  Be sure to remove your rings before preforming routine household chores and clean them regularly using a recommended cleaning product for the type of metal and gemstones you have.

Also, make sure to avoid activities that might subject your gemstones to sharp blows such as gardening, working with hand tools, or playing sports, which may damage your gemstone. Diamonds are also susceptible to damage from an impact and can actually chip or crack.

To be safe, put jewelry on only after you apply hairspray and cosmetics as the chemicals present in either may cause damage to your jewelry, especially to cultured pearls. Wait at least five minutes after you apply perfume or hairspray before putting on your jewelry.  Also, be sure to wipe your pearls with a soft chamois or flannel cloth after each wear to remove your skin’s oils and salts. Some colored gemstones, such as kunzite, may fade when worn in sunlight or in a tanning booth.

Also, keep in mind that while many watches are water resistant, very few are actually waterproof. If moisture or dust has penetrated the case of your watch, have it checked only by a properly trained technician. Attempts by an untrained repair person may seriously damage the watch and invalidate factory warranties.


Gemstones such as amber, coral, emerald, jade, kunzite, lapis-lazuli, opal pearls and turquoise should never be put in a commercial jewelry cleaner as chemicals of some jewelry cleaning products may damage these and other gems. Please check with us to find out if your jewelry is okay for this type of cleaner before using it.  A mild soap and water solution used with a soft brush is an effective way of cleaning for many home jewelry care needs.


Once a year, bring your fine jewelry back to Van Sipma’s for an examination and thorough cleaning. We will check all the prongs for gemstone security along with clasps to make sure your items are securely fastened. If needed, we will recommend restringing pearls to protect against an inopportune string failure. When we clean your jewelry, we will also check the stone itself for any damage that may warrant recutting or repolishing.

It’s important to understand how your fine jewelry should be worn, stored and cleaned and what to look for in order to protect it from harm. The care you provide your fine jewelry on a daily basis will reward you with years of pleasurable wear.

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