HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR KINGDOM BEADS JEWELRY
Kingdom Beads jewelry is exceptionally fine crafted and if properly cared for can be enjoyed and even passed down for generations. Perfumes, dust, air pollutants, perspiration, and other natural elements can affect and dull the appearance of your precious gemstones or precious metals. Due to this, it is a good practice to use a cotton cloth to wipe down your jewelry after wearing.
Additionally, to better preserve your gemstone jewelry, consider having them professionally cleaned and inspected once a year. Regular or periodic maintenance, will help prevent costly replacements and repairs. Inspect your jewelry, looking for loose or chipped stones, worn links, bent prongs, or malfunctioning clasps.
Should a problem be identified, contact Kingdom Beads immediately for repair options to prevent more extensive damage or loss.
How to Clean Your Kingdom Beads Jewelry
Did you know that over time, perfumes, perspiration, dust, perspiration, and other natural elements can make gemstones and jewelry appear dull. Below are some tips for keeping your pieces clean and shiny.
To Avoid Damaging Gemstones
Some gemstones, by nature tend to be more fragile or delicate than others. Take care to protect your precious gemstone jewelry from impact against hard solid surfaces and avoid contact with abrasive surfaces. Even a diamond can chip if hit with enough force or at just the right angle. Gemstones can scratch or scuff other gemstones therefore, avoid stacking bracelets or rings that would be susceptible to such conditions. Generally, you can prevent many problems by not exposing gemstones to common elements such as:
- Household cleaning chemicals
- Extreme heat or light
- Salt water
- Ultrasonic cleaning
All gemstones, including diamonds, can chip, scratch, or abrade under the right circumstances. Avoid wearing rings or bracelets while doing any manual labor, including housework. Jewelry should be taken off before strenuous activity or during times when it might be subjected to sharp blows or excessive friction.
For most gemstones, it is best to clean them using dishwashing soap with water. However, due to the fragile nature of rubies and emeralds, they should only be cleaned with a dry cotton cloth – diluted dishwashing soap should not be used.
When not in use, always store your Kingdom Beads jewelry in the packaging you received when purchased. Store each piece of gemstone jewelry separately in its storage pouch to prevent excessive tarnishing and scratching.
Cleaning Crystalline Gemstone Jewelry
Crystalline gemstones, such as topaz, citrine, or amethyst tend to attract lotions and oils and which can cause them to appear dull. To clean these stones, soak them in a bowl of water with a touch of gentle dish soap. A soft toothbrush may be used to lightly scrub around and behind the stone. After cleaning, place your jewelry in a strainer and rinse thoroughly before drying with a lint-free cloth.
Never use ammonia on your crystalline gemstones as it discolors organic gemstones and damages and dulls silver, so do not use it on these materials.
Cleaning Organic and Opaque Gemstone Jewelry
When cleaning your organic gems and opaque stones such as: pearls, opals, coral, turquoise, and lapis lazuli, never use chemicals (including bleach or ammonia) or an ultrasonic cleaner. Your gems and stones should be wiped clean with a damp cloth only. Also, avoid contact with hairspray, lotions, and perfumes, which can be absorbed by the gems and stone over time, which can result in stone discoloration.
Pearls require proper care to retain their beauty and luster. They should be kept away from perfumes, cosmetics, perspiration, chlorine, vinegar, ammonia, and dirt. We recommend you put them on last, after hair products and perfume. Pearls should be removed before exercising to protect them from perspiration. After wearing, gently wipe them with a slightly damp cloth.
Wash pearls periodically with mild soap (not detergent) and a soft cloth. Rinse pearls in clean water and wrap them in a thin, damp cotton towel to dry.
To prevent scratches, pearls should be stored away from other objects in the storage pouch provided. However, do not store them in an airtight package such as a plastic bag. Opals and pearls require humidity. When storing them, make sure the environment is not too dry or they may crack.
Avoid using an ultrasonic cleaner, steamer or other “at home” jewelry cleaning chemicals (including bleach, ammonia, baking soda and aluminum foil) on gemstones. They should only be cleaned with diluted mild dish soap and warm water (see above for clean instructions).
Caring for Pure Form Mixed Metal
Bronze is a metal alloy consisting of approximately 60% copper and 40% tin.
Copper is knownt to have restorative and medicinal properties. In some customers, copper can cause a greenish discoloration to the skin when in direct contact. It is harmless and can be easily washed off with soap and water.
To reduce the potential for bronze and brass reactions on the skin:
- Do not wear in water and dry quickly if the piece gets wet
- Do not wear during exercise or in the case of extreme heat
- Do not apply excessive lotions while wearing
- Regularly clean bronze jewelry with a polishing cloth
- Store in anti-tarnish bag provided at purchase
- Use a polishing cloth to remove fingerprints prior to storage.