Tips and Things your jeweller want you to know !

1.  Wearing Your Jewellery All the Time

 Jewellery is usually so sentimental that we are tempted to wear it all the time, whether it is a necklace you received as a child or your engagement ring. Engagement rings are the most common offenders on this list, and in this case it is because by default, they are worn everyday. Even though they are worn everyday, it doesn't mean you have to wear them ALL the time. 

Don't wear your Jewellery while sleeping, washing dishes, painting, working with your hands, wearing latex gloves. Use your best judgement on this, but if in doubt, take your Jewellery off. Keep reading to learn about the importance of where you store your Jewellery. 

2.  Showering or Swimming in Your Jewellery

 Not only shouldn't you wear your Jewellery all the time, you should most definitely never wear your Jewellery when swimming or showering. Water is a natural abrasive. Think of the rivers that over time have carved their way through canyons of stone. Overtime the same thing happens with your gold and other metals. Showering won't wear down your gold as quickly as chlorine or salt water, but it is best to use caution around any liquids. 

3.  Storing Your Jewellery in Different Places

 So you aren't supposed to wear your Jewellery all the time, but when you aren't, where should you put it? It happens so often with my clients when they have a nice piece of Jewellery that they have to take off for work or different occasions at home that they lose the Jewellery! Why do they lose it? Because they put it in a different spot every time. Just like people have a designated spot for their car keys, you should always have a designated spot for Jewellery that you wear often. When you come home at the end of the day, place your engagement ring and other valuables in this spot to prevent the chance of loss.

4.  Keeping Your Jewellery Out in the Open

In an ideal world, having fine Jewellery sitting on your kitchen counter in a Jewellery dish shouldn't be a big deal. However, that storing spot that you decided to always put your Jewellery should be in an inconspicuous and safe location. Unfortunately if you get robbed by a very skilled individual, there is little you can do to protect your investment, so it is always important to have Jewellery insurance to help prevent against theft. 

Read More: The Right Way to Care for Your Diamond Jewellery

5.  Cleaning Your Jewellery in an Ultrasonic Machine

 Ultrasonic machines are great because they really thoroughly clean your Jewellery. However, they are not suitable for all Jewellery! You should avoid putting pearls, cameos, emeralds, opals, coral, and other soft stones in an ultrasonic machine. 

 

6.  Submerging Your Jewellery in Cleaner for Too Long

 Those little containers with Jewellery cleaner and a brush that you dunk your Jewellery in to clean are great, but it's important not to submerge your ring in the solution too long. Prolonged exposure in a tarnish remover can actually make silver Jewellery tarnish almost to a black color. Prolonged exposure with gold can discolor the gold as well as wear the gold down over time. 

 

7.  Taking Rings off by Pressing on the Stones

 There is a right and a wrong way to take on and off a ring. It is so important that when you take your rings on and off, you pull from the sides of the shank. So many people, especially when the ring is too tight, 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. 

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Things your Jeweller wants you to know !

 

Just like many people have a hair dresser, they also usually have a jeweler.  This relationship is built up over many years and revolves around trust and loyalty.  In my years as an antique jewellery dealer, I have been part of some of my customers' most important moments, from their wedding, to their first child, to their 5th wedding anniversary.  These relationships are special and are an important part of any jewellery business.  The better the jeweler can maintain these relationships, the more loyal the customers become.  There are a few things, though, that jewelers wish you would know in regards to this relationship.  

1. Basic Fine Jewellery Knowledge

Jewelers have an extensive knowledge of their craft and are more than happy to share this information with their customers.  However, jewelers will admit they prefer when their customers have a basic understanding of the fine jewellery they are purchasing.  They don't expect you to know every little detail, but being able to understand basic jewellery and diamond lingo will help you be able to articulate what you are looking for.  Fine jewellery is expensive so it's important to be a somewhat educated consumer.  

2. Fine Jewellery is Expensive

This works in two different ways.  First, it is important to be aware of the incredible investment your jeweler has made in setting up their shop.  Some customers will walk by a case and ask why there is so little in the case, or if the jeweler has more options, not realizing they just walked past over $100,000 or more worth of inventory.  Jewelers will happily search out or make custom items for their customers, but it's important to realize the large investment these jewelers have made to stock their cases.  This is especially so for small scale jewelers.  Second, it's important to set a realistic budget for your expectations before you are ready to purchase.  There are different levels of jewellery for every budget, but you can't expect to get top quality stones and metals for a low quality budget.  Talk to your jeweler about different options in your price range.  

3. Fine Jewellery Etiquette 

Jewelers are people who cherish the relationships they build with their customers, but at the end of the day, they run a business.  It's one thing to bring in a fine jewellery item you purchased from somewhere else and ask your jeweler's opinion.  It's another thing to continually bring in items you have purchased from other places and ask if you have been ripped off.  Generally this will irritate your jeweler,  because oftentimes they have the same exact item in their case for the same price or less.  Show your jeweler loyalty, and they are sure to do everything they can to get you the best deal.  

4. Fine Jewellery Isn't Indestructible 

Similar to cars, jewellery is a wear item.  Fine jewellery requires occasional check ups, cleanings, and maintenance.  Most jewelers will professionally clean and inspect your items you've purchased from them for free.  Many also offer warranties on their items.  However, don't expect to be able to wash dishes or garden in your rings without the potential for damage.  Diamonds are the most durable of all the precious stones, but if you bang it at the right angle on a hard surface, it will crack.  Don't rush into your jeweler and accuse them of selling you a defective ring when you just stepped on it.  Sometimes a small stone will fall out for no apparent reason, which your jeweler should repair.  Jewellery insurance is available for other damage that is caused by hard wearing.