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Jewelry Care Manual

Antique jewelry is not only a beautiful adornment but also a precious piece of history. To ensure that your antique jewelry remains in excellent condition for generations to come, it requires special care and attention. Follow these guidelines to properly care for your antique jewelry:

  1. Wear with Extra Care: While it's tempting to wear your antique jewelry every day, it's best to exercise caution. Avoid wearing your antique jewelry while cooking, gardening, doing exercise or engaging in activities that may expose it to excessive wear, moisture, or chemicals. This will help prevent damage to the delicate components of your jewelry.

  2. Store Properly: Store your antique jewelry in a special jewelry box or a soft pouch to protect it from direct sunlight, humidity, heat, or cold. Avoid storing your jewelry in a place where it can get scratched or bent, and separate each piece to prevent tangling or scratching. Additionally, consider using anti-tarnish strips or fabric to help prevent tarnish on metal components.

  3. Cleaning: To clean your antique jewelry at home, use a damp lint-free cloth to gently wipe away dust and dirt. Avoid using harsh chemicals or modern cleaning solutions, as they can damage the stones, metal, or patina of your antique jewelry. If you are unsure about cleaning a specific piece, it's best to consult a professional jeweler for guidance. For professional cleaning, take your antique jewelry to a reputable jeweler experienced in working with antique pieces.

  4. Avoid Harsh Cleaning Methods: Do not use salt water, ultrasonic cleaners, or steam cleaners on your antique jewelry, as they can cause damage to the delicate components. These cleaning methods are not recommended for antique jewelry and should be avoided to prevent potential harm.

  5. Regular Examination: Periodically examine your antique jewelry for any loose stones, missing prongs, deformed metal, or other signs of damage. If you notice any issues, refrain from wearing the jewelry and bring it to a professional jeweler for repair to prevent further damage. Regular inspections can help catch and address any issues early, ensuring the longevity of your antique jewelry.

  6. Be Mindful of Water Exposure: Some antique jewelry, especially those with foiled closed-back stone settings, should be kept away from water. Avoid wearing your antique jewelry while washing your hands, taking a shower, or swimming, as moisture can damage the stones or the foil backing. Be sure to remove your jewelry before engaging in water-related activities.

  7. Seek Professional Help: If you are unsure about how to clean or care for your antique jewelry, it's always best to seek professional help. Consult a reputable jeweler with experience in working with antique jewelry for guidance, cleaning, and repairs.

By following these care instructions, you can ensure that your antique jewelry remains in excellent condition and can be cherished and passed down as heirlooms for generations to come. Treat your antique jewelry with the respect and care it deserves, and it will continue to bring joy and admiration for years to come.