Jewelry Care
Fine Items, Fine Care
Adornments Jewelry Studio Interior

Our unique jewelry is designed and crafted to last a lifetime. However, proper care is required to assure the lasting qualities of your jewelry. Adornments Jewelry Studio offers the following guidelines and tips for the care and cleaning of your fine jewelry.

General Care Tips

  • Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place.
  • Keep your sterling silver jewelry in the anti-tarnish pouch provided with your purchase. This will dramatically cut down tarnishing, and thus your pieces will not need to be polished as often.
  • Don't jumble your jewelry pieces in a drawer or jewelry case since sterling silver and gemstones can be scratched.
  • Don't leave your jewelry near or on the rim of a sink, toilet or other area with a drain, since it could easily fall and slip down the drain.

Colored Gemstones

There are endless types of colored gemstones, some of which require specific care and cleaning procedures. Although it would be impossible to discuss all of them on this page, there are some general care and cleaning rules which apply to all colored gemstone jewelry.

  • Many natural gemstones are treated or enhanced from the time they are extracted from the earth by one or more traditionally accepted practices. These treatments and enhancements can affect how you should clean and care for your colored gemstone jewelry. Feel free to consult Adornments for more information on caring for treated or enhanced gemstones.
  • After wearing, wipe your precious gemstone jewelry thoroughly with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth. This will enhance the gemstone's luster and ensure that your jewelry is clean before storage.
  • Store gemstone pieces individually in soft pouches. Please inquire at Adornments about the availability of these.
  • Do not expose your gemstone pieces to salt water or harsh chemicals, such as chlorine or detergents. These chemicals may slowly erode the finish, the polish, or change the color of the gemstone.
  • Hairspray, perfumes, and similar toiletries may cause jewelry to tarnish or become dull, as can perspiration. Apply all cosmetics, perfumes and colognes before putting on colored gemstone jewelry. Make sure to wipe your gemstones after wearing to remove any chemicals, oils or perspiration.
  • Do not subject gemstone jewelry to sudden temperature changes.
  • Be extra cautious with ultrasonic cleaners. Some gemstones are fragile and can actually be damaged by ultrasonic cleaners. Please consult Adnorments Studio regarding the best cleaning procedure for your particular gemstone jewelry.

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver, like other precious metals, can oxidize with time. Properly maintained silver jewelry, however, improves with age and develops a lush patina. Treat your silver well, care for it properly and it will reward you with a long life and lustrous appearance.

  • Clean your silver jewelry with a mild soap and water solution, allowing the water to bead up, and then patting dry with a soft cloth. For more stubborn tarnish, use a jewelry cleaner designed for silver use, such as Hagerty's Silversmith's Wash, or Hagerty's Silver Foam, which are available at Adornment's and other fine jewelry stores.
  • Store your silver in a cool, dry place, preferably in the anti-tarnish pouch provided with your purchase.
  • Store pieces individually so that they don't knock together and scratch.
  • Do not rub silver with anything other than a polishing cloth or a fine piece of felt. Be aware that tissue paper (nose tissue and/or toilet paper) or paper towels can cause scratches because of the fibers in these products.
  • Make sure your silver is not exposed to air and light during storage; this can cause silver to tarnish. Don't wear sterling silver in chlorinated water or when working with household chemicals.

Cultured Pearls

Cultured pearls are precious jewels and should be treated as such. They're also the products of living creatures, formed when an irritant is introduced into a mollusk. The mollusk secretes a substance called nacre which covers the irritant and produces the pearl. Nacre gives pearls the rainbow of colors and luster that makes these gemstones so treasured, but its delicate nature also makes pearls particularly susceptible to damage. For this reason you should be extra careful with your cultured pearl jewelry.

  • Apply cosmetics, hairsprays and perfume before putting on any pearl jewelry. When you remove the jewelry, wipe it carefully with a soft cloth to remove any traces of these substances. An easy rule to help you remember is to place pearls on last after makeup application and to remove them first before removing any make up. This will help you develop the habit of putting on your pearls last, after all makeup, perfume and other preparation, and to remove them first when your day has concluded. Wipe your pearls with a soft cloth before storing them.
  • You can also wash your pearl jewelry with mild soap and water. Do not clean cultured pearls with any chemicals, abrasives or solvents. These substances can damage your pearls.
  • Do not toss your cultured pearl jewelry carelessly into a purse, bag or jewel box. A pearl's surface is soft and can be scratched by hard metal edges or by the harder gemstones of other jewelry pieces.
  • Place cultured pearl jewelry in a chamois pouch or wrap them in tissue when putting them away. Pearls need to breathe, so do not seal your pearls in a plastic bag (such as a food storage bag).
  • Cosmetics, perspiration, oils and ordinary wear weaken and stretch the threads on which the pearls are strung. Adornment's can provide professional re-stringing services whenever needed.