Basic Jewelry Care

At DE COUER, our finest jewelry is crafted to last a lifetime. However, with normal wear, you need to give some extra TLC to your jewelry to keep it looking as good as new. To help you with it, we've put together a Basic Jewelry Care Guide with some easy steps for you to follow.

We hope that you'll find these guidelines helpful!

Remove Jewelry During Daily Tasks 

When performing manual tasks including household chores, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewelry include cooking, gardening, cleaning the house and other similar chores.

Remove Your Jewelry Before Bathing 

Remove all jewelry before showering. Bathing soap may cause a film of foam to settle on your jewelry, making it appear dull.

Wear your Jewelry After Applying Makeup 

Cosmetics, hairspray, perfumes and lotion can contain chemicals that can often cause damage to your jewelry. Putting jewelry on after applying using these products will limit exposure of chemicals to your jewelry and any other potential damage.

Don't Wear Jewelry when Swimming or in the Spa 

Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result, it is a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.

Clean Your Jewelry With Care 

Cleaning your jewelry regularly can keep it looking good. You can either purchase commercial cleaners from a jeweler or make a cleaning solution yourself with mild soap.

Use Warm Water to Clean Jewelry 

Using warm water is the best bet when cleaning your jewelry. Hot water can sometimes cause a reaction with cleaning fluids, resulting in discoloration. Sterling Silver is especially susceptible to this problem. Should this occur, the problem can be remedied by buffing and the application of a tarnish remover.

Avoid Cleaning Damaged Jewelry 

Never clean any jewelry that is damaged, cracked or broken, since the additional handling is likely to exacerbate or worsen the problem. If you find that a piece of jewelry is damaged, it should be set aside for repair as soon as possible.

Inspect Your Jewelry Regularly 

Just like anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. When having your jewelry professionally cleaned, it's a good idea to have each item checked and inspected for any possible problems. Addressing signs of damage, or loose gemstones will prevent any further damage or loss and keep all of your pieces in excellent shape for years.

Prevent Damage to Your Jewelry 

Prevention is the best way to avoid the necessity of repair. A regular inspection is the best way to minimize potentially costly repairs. You can perform a simple inspection every two to three months to ensure that the condition of your jewelry is good.

Look for Reviews and Referrals 

When deciding on a jeweler to perform your jewelry repairs, look for reviews of their work and ask for referrals when appropriate. Furthermore, taking a few moments to ask questions of the jeweler is a wise investment that should pay off with a good jewelry repair experience.

Jewelry Repair Pricing 

When jewelry repair pricing is being quoted, it's wise to ensure that these figures are being quoted from a price-book rather than off the top of someone's head. When a jeweler takes the time to publish their prices, it's clear that they have extensive experience and have thoroughly researched their investment of time and materials to complete the job correctly.

Observe the Jewelry Take-in Procedures 

A clear description of how an item is to be repaired is the key to a successful repair. Closely observe the jewelry take-in procedure when the repair is being explained. The issues with each piece being repaired should be well documented using descriptions and drawings to ensure that the repair will be done correctly the first time.

Keep Your Jewelry Secure 

Store your jewelry in a container and prevent pieces from moving around. While fabric-lined jewelry boxes are ideal, you can also use a simple shoebox and pieces of fabric.

Prevent Your Jewelry from Tarnishing 

Sometimes, jewelry tarnishes went not worn for very long. To maintain the luster of your silver and gold jewelry, place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewelry.

Inventory Your Jewelry 

Unfortunately, jewelry can get lost or stolen. Taking a regular inventory can be incredibly useful when making an insurance claim or filing a police report. A photograph, a written physical description of each piece along with its cost is ideal.

When Travelling with Jewelry, Use a Travel Case 

Travelling can be tough on jewelry. It’s wise to use a travel case to protect your favorite pieces. Traditionally made of fabric or leather, a jewelry travel case can carry jewelry of all types and can easily roll up to a size that's easily storable in most suitcases, makeup cases or business cases.