1. Wearing Your Jewelry All the Time
Whether it is a necklace you received as a youngster or your engagement ring, jewelry is generally so sentimental that we are tempted to wear it all the time. Engagement rings are the most common offenders on this list but even though they are worn every day, that doesn't mean they must be worn all the time. It goes without saying – avoid wearing your precious jewelry during hard work and around harsh chemicals, such as bleach. We advise that you refrain from wearing your jewelry while sleeping, washing dishes, painting, working with your hands, and wearing latex gloves. Use your best judgement on this, but if in doubt, always take your jewelry off!
2. Showering or Swimming in Your Jewelry
Not only should you avoid wearing your jewelry all the time, you should definitely take it off before swimming or showering. Water is a natural abrasive - just think of rivers that have carved their way through canyons of stone. Overtime, the same thing happens with your gold and other precious metals. Showering won't wear down your gold as quickly as chlorine or salt water, but it is best to use caution around any and all liquids.
3. Cleaning Your Jewelry in an Ultrasonic Machine
Ultrasonic machines are great because they thoroughly clean your jewelry. However, they are not suitable for all types of jewelry! You should avoid putting pearls, cameos, emeralds, opals, coral, and other soft stones in an ultrasonic machine. Repeated use of ultrasonic machines also has a tendency to loosen settings, making your pieces fragile. We recommend LAVISH, a foam cleanser that is safe to use on opals, lapis and pearls (and all other gems and metals). Diamonds and quartz can also be cleaned with a bit of household ammonia (e.g. Windex) dissolved in warm water.
4. Submerging Your Jewelry in Cleaner for Too Long
Those little containers of jewelry cleaner are great, but it's important not to submerge your ring in the solution too long. Prolonged exposure to a tarnish remover can actually make silver jewelry tarnish more! Prolonged exposure of gold to cleaners can discolor the metal as well as wear it down over time.
5. Pressing on the Stones While Taking Off Your Rings
There is a right and a wrong way to take a ring on and off. It is very important to pull from the sides of the shank. Often times, especially when the ring is too tight, people have the tendency to remove the ring by pressing with one finger on top of the stone and the other on the bottom of the ring. Over time this will loosen your stone and make it susceptible to falling out.
We hope you will avoid these common mistakes that are sure to ruin your jewelry. If you purchase your jewelry from Sixth Avenue Fine Jewelers, we offer a 3-year warranty on our bridal semi-mounts, granted that you take the time to get your stone cleaned and checked every 6 months.
We create one-of-a-kind heirloom pieces, and if you treat them as such they will maintain their value and beauty when passed on to the next generation.