At Darvier, all of our pieces are designed to endure for a lifetime of enjoyment. Whether your piece is for daily wear or set aside for special occasions, there are some guidelines for keeping your jewelry beautiful and in good condition.
BEST PRACTICE FOR WEAR:
- Avoid wearing your jewelry for activities that can cause impact or shearing (i.e. rock climbing, contact sports, weight lifting, aggressive gardening)
- Avoid wearing your jewelry when you are working with or around chemicals; exposure to things like cleaning products, especially bleach can cause serious damage.
- Remove jewelry when swimming and bathing. Not only is water an excellent medium for losing jewelry; both cleansers and chlorine can cause tarnish and damage.
- To prevent tarnish, it’s a good idea to wait to put your jewelry on after you have applied cosmetics, hair products, lotion, and perfume/cologne.
CLEANING YOUR JEWELRY:
- We do not recommend frequent polishing, as polishing will remove microscopic amounts of metal. However, using a professional grade polishing cloth occasionally on your jewelry is a great way to keep them bright between in-store cleanings.
- Commercial cleaners or homemade solutions can work well to brighten and clean jewelry, but it’s important to be aware of their limitations. Certain solutions and cleaners are appropriate for certain materials and potentially destructive to others. Inlays and certain gemstones, such as opal, pearls and emeralds should not be submerged.
- We always advise caution when cleaning your pieces at home, every material and gemstone has different qualities and vulnerabilities. Please contact Darvier with any questions about the best way to clean your piece.
STORING YOUR JEWELRY:
- It’s always a good idea to store jewelry in a container that prevents it from moving around or rubbing against other pieces. Both metal and gemstones are vulnerable to damage if they encounter hard surfaces or each other in storage.
- We always recommend keeping an inventory of fine jewelry and any associated insurance documents in a firesafe case or someplace safe from theft and fire.
- We think a traveling case for jewelry is an excellent purchase. It prevents tangles, damage, and loss while traveling with your jewelry.
IN HOUSE CARE:
- We offer free Ultrasonic cleaning and hand brightening for the life of your piece.
- We strongly recommend bringing in your jewelry bi-annually to be inspected for wear and to ensure that gemstones are secure. Periodic stone tightening is expected over the life of jewelry, particularily pieces worn daily.
- The metal around stone settings and in pieces worn daily wears naturally over time. For rings, you can expect that prongs and shanks will need to be built up periodically over the lifetime of the ring. Most accessories experience less wear; although pendants can require the replacement of bails – the metal loop that attaches the pendant to the chain.
- Depending on use, rhodium plating wears off within 6 months to a year. If you use rhodium plating in your piece, it is a regular part of its maintenance to re-plate periodically.
We urge you to call us if you have any questions regarding the care of your jewelry. We are always happy to advise you.
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