At Heritage Jewelers we want your jewelry to last forever.
There are many things you can do to prevent jewelry from getting damaged.
Wait till you have applied makeup, perfume and hairspray before putting on jewelry.
Remove all your jewelry before going into a swimming pool, or hot tub.
Wrap your jewelry in a tissue or cloth separately while storing it. Avoid using leather cases or plastic bags.
When doing household work always remove your jewelry.
Cleaning your jewelry on your own is a good idea, but make sure you never use bleach as it can destroy your jewelry. Also never clean already damaged jewelry as doing so could possibly worsen the damage. Use mild water and mild soap and an old toothbrush. Do NOT use toothpaste. We also sell cleaner made especially for gold or silver jewelry.
Check your jewelry for wear and tear on a regular basis.
It is best to bring your jewelry to us for free cleaning and inspection yearly. Micro-Pave Settings should be checked at least every three months.
Bed covers can pull prongs loose - best idea is not to sleep in your jewelry.
Chlorine & Gold Not a Good Mix!
Chlorine can be very harmful to karat gold of any kind. But the jewelry made of white gold, now so very popular, is especially susceptible to damage from chlorine. Even minuscule amounts of diluted chlorine will erode the nickel alloy in white gold and possibly lead to damaged prongs and settings.
Going swimming in a pool with chlorinated water can also be detrimental to your gold rings, white, yellow or pink. In a single season, the chlorine can dissolve enough gold to loosen or destroy the tiny prongs holding your gems.
It also pays to be careful of chlorinated chemicals used daily in your home including: Bleach, Detergent, Soaps and Cleansers. Dawn Dishwashing Detergent is especially bad for gold. Evaporation can increase the level in these products and leave concentrated deposits on your gold rings causing prongs to become brittle and porous.
*Jewelry is delicate and was never intended to be worn 24 hours a day.