Cleaning your jewelry, let’s keep it sparkly!
Keeping your jewelry clean is important. Dirty jewelry can create a place for bacteria to grow, which in turn can cause skin irritation and allergies. Also, your cherished piece of jewelry will not have the same sparkle and shine as it did the day you received it so why not keep it looking as it should?
How often should you clean your jewelry?
For jewelry that is worn every day, cleaning it yourself once a week is best. That helps to keep everyday oil and buildup down. Your jewelry professional should clean your jewelry once every 6 months because they will be able to use their professional-grade equipment and products to restore the brilliance of the jewelry item, and also check the integrity of your jewelry for damage. Stones become loose, prongs become worn, and clasps can become weak. At J. Rankin we will always clean and inspect your jewelry free of charge, prevention is important!
How do I clean my jewelry at home?
First, never use harsh cleaners such as bleach or chlorine as they can break down the base metals of your jewelry. Abrasive products such as toothpaste or baking soda can scratch your gold and silver so stay away from those. It is best to use warm water with a drop of mild liquid soap and clean with a soft toothbrush. You can do this every day if you like! Then make sure you rinse well. Dry off with a soft cloth, not a paper towel, as it will leave dust behind. We also have jewelry cloths free of charge at our store for you at any time.
Don’t wear your jewelry when...
Take off your jewelry, especially rings, when gardening and weight lifting, and remove all jewelry when in the hot tub, swimming pool and at the beach.
Salt water and chlorine can damage your jewelry, plus cold water makes your fingers constrict causing your rings to become loose and fall off. Not what you want to happen to your wedding rings during your honeymoon in Maui!
Have you thought about doing a custom design for your engagement ring?
Custom designing gives you everything you want and leaves out what you don’t, and gives you a unique ring to match the two of you. Contrary to what most people think, custom designs are not much if any more costly than any other ring in stock.
When meeting for the first time to create your design, a great place to start is with an idea in mind. Pictures from Instagram, Pinterest or from a website you prefer are helpful for the designer to know what your tastes are. The center stone, if you want one, is a great place to begin the process. Not only is the center stone shape and size are important, but you may choose to have something other than a diamond. Diamonds are generally the choice because they are the hardest stones on the market and traditional, but there are so many options now. Many gemstones may work well in your ring, and there are many that are not such a good idea. Some are just not suitable for engagement rings because they’re not strong enough to be worn everyday. This is a good discussion to have when designing the ring. Whether you choose diamonds or an alternative, we will have options to show you in the shop, for you to see up close and personal.
At the first meeting we can sit down and begin the designing process by getting to know your personalities, tastes, dislikes and likes. Each ring we design is engineered with integrity and the elements you are attracted to. An engagement ring can look like whatever you want it to. You can choose almost any stone, cut it into any shape, put in any setting and combine as many metals as you want; the possibilities are literally endless. Taking your ideas and creating your design is what we do, do not feel as if you need to be the expert! If you have just a couple of elements to use, not really feeling as if you have the complete design idea, we are here to guide you. Also, we can use gold and stones you may already have or have been given, or repurpose an older ring that needs attention.This can not only cut costs, it adds a unique and personal element. This can not only cut costs, it adds a unique and personal element.
When you have decided on the design, center stone and metal type desired, we will create the ring in a wax form. In this form, the ring can be tried on to see if the size, shape and elements are perfect. We can also set the stones into the wax for a great visual. Love it? Then it goes to be cast, stones set, and polished—and you go home with your perfect ring!
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