Caring For Your Jewellery

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Caring For Your Jewellery

If you are the proud new owner of a piece of jewellery, congratulations!....Let's hope you and your jewellery will have a long and happy life together but, like all relationships, a little routine maintenance goes a long way.

Your jewellery has (hopefully, if you've been to a good jeweller) been lovingly crafted from all natural materials in their finest form, so it is only right that it is looked after properly in order to prolong its life and gorgeousness.

Below are some guidelines on how to prolong the life of your jewellery and how to protect, preserve and care for your jewellery. Some of the guidelines relate to Christopher Stoner jewellery or jewellery of a similar high quality and craftsmanship; others are less specific and relate to jeweller in general terms.

All good, quality jewellery should be designed to last a lifetime and, by taking a few simple precautions, yours will be able to be handed down to future generations. 

Storing Your Jewellery 

Protect your jewellery from scratching, denting, chemicals, direct sunlight and excessive heat/cold by storing it appropriately. Pieces of jewellery can become scratched when they come into contact with one another. Each piece should be stored individually, preventing tangles and reducing scratching and damage. We recommend that you store your jewellery pieces individually in good quality jewellery boxes. The box you received your jewellery in when you bought it should be fit for purpose and is the perfect place to store your item.

Keep your jewellery somewhere dry, with low humidity. Damp, hot conditions may tarnish metals and damage certain gemstones stones over a period of time.

Prolonging Your Jewellery’s Life 

Consider your daily activities when choosing your jewellery. We recommend removal of your jewellery when gardening, playing sport or at the beach. 

Harsh chemicals may damage your pieces, therefore avoid wearing your jewellery when swimming or cleaning. 

Avoid contact with perfume, hairspray, nail varnish remover and other chemicals. 

Jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off for this reason. 

We advise cleaning your jewellery regularly with professional products, ensuring that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. See our article How To Clean Your Engagement Ring for more advice.

Protecting Your Precious Gemstone Jewellery 

Take care to protect your jewellery from impact against hard or abrasive surfaces. Even a diamond can chip if hit with enough force and at the right angle. Gemstones such as emerald, kunzite, opal, pearl, tanzanite and tourmaline are very delicate and easily abraded. 

Before putting on your piece of jewellery, examine it for a moment. Check that the stones are secure by gently shaking your piece of jewellery close to your ear. If you hear a rattle, even the tiniest of sounds, then get it checked over by a good jeweller. Also, check that the settings of the stones have not moved; gently rub your piece of jewellery against a thin cloth to ensure that claws are not catching.

Complimentary Cleaning 

If you are lucky enough to have had a piece of jewellery made by us, then you will receive complimentary annual cleaning for the life of your jewellery. Just bring it into our Harrogate showroom once a year for a professional ultra-sonic clean and polish. Not only that, but whilst your jewellery is being cleaned, you can enjoy a glass of champagne, and we will ensure that the settings, clasps, chains and precious gemstones are safe and secure. 

We offer the service completely free of charge, drop in with the jewellery and we do the rest. 

For further advice on caring for your precious stones, please just give us a call - we'd be happy to chat through any concerns of questions you may have.