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Caring for your Jewelry
While our jewelry was created to last a lifetime, there are some factors that can contribute to the everyday wear and tear of your fine jewelry. At Helms Jewelry, we can help you keep your valued treasures looking shiny and new. If you have questions about cleaning, storing, wearing, or repairing your jewelry, ask the jewelry experts at Helms Jewelry, and we will be happy to help!
Proper Diamond Care
Diamonds are forever, as long as you take good care of them. Bridal jewelry, such as engagement rings and wedding bands are typically worn daily, and can appear like they've lost their sparkle if not cleaned on a regular basis. Lotions put film on diamonds and reduce their shininess. Don't wear diamond jewelry while doing rough work. Avoid chlorinated pools and hot tubs. Avoid touching diamonds with your fingers, as smudges can affect a diamond's luster and fire. If you have questions, feel free to contact one of our diamond experts at Helms Jewelry, and we will be happy to provide all the information you need to help you keep your diamonds in great shape.
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Proper Gemstone Care
With gemstone jewelry, you should generally avoid sudden temperature changes. If you have a very active lifestyle, you may want to refrain from wearing your gemstone rings and bracelets throughout the day. Some gemstones are very brittle, especially emeralds, whereas rubies have a hardness second to that of the diamond (which is 4-5 times harder). For color or clarity enhanced gemstones, ask a Helms Jewelry professional about cleaning and repair for your gemstone jewelry. For more information about each particular gemstone, read our gemstone guide.
Cleaning Your Jewelry
Gemstone jewelry should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth. Be careful using ultrasonic cleaners, as only certain gemstones can handle the ultrasonic vibrations. Diamond cleaners usually contain ammonia and water. Using a soft brush you can remove dust or dirt from under the setting. Silver jewelry can be cleaned with a silver polishing cloth, with or without special silver cleaning solution. If you would like to have your jewelry professionally cleaned, bring it in to Helms Jewelry and we will have your jewelry looking shiny and new!
Storing Your Jewelry
Because of the high value and rarity of certain jewelry, some people like to store their jewelry in a safe when not in use. If you have individual gemstones, a soft pouch is good for keeping them from coming in contact with other hard surfaces. Store silver jewelry in a cool, dry place, preferably in a soft piece of felt or cloth. Ask one of our sales representatives about getting a jewelry box for all your valued treasures.