Caring For Your Jewelry

 Do not use ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machines for any of your precious gemstones, pearls, crystals and metals. Scratches, chips and discoloration are not worth what seems to be a quick and effortless way to clean your investment of beautiful jewelry.

Cleaning and polishing by hand is recommended to maintain your jewelry’s true beauty. Salt water, chlorine in swimming pools, soap and perspiration take their toll on all fine jewelry. Additionally; perfumes, hairsprays, lotions, dust and more can build up quickly compromising the brilliance of your investment. Make it a practice to adorn yourself with properly cared for jewelry only when you are completely dressed and finished using all grooming products.  

Certain gemstones and crystal shapes are more fragile than others. Therefore, make it a practice to always handle your jewelry with care!  Attaching a bracelet or necklace over a soft surface is safer than a hard floor in the case where you may accidentally drop your piece.

Each piece of your precious jewelry should be stored individually in the correct environment so that you may delight in wearing it forever. There are many types of jewelry boxes, pouches and traveling containers with individual compartments.  Be sure to look for the type that are properly suited to delay any tarnishing! This will greatly diminish the number of times you will have to clean your beloved jewelry. If you are unsure of how to care for your particular DesigningCrystal piece, please contact us.

Swarovski Crystals

Easily cared for, your crystals should be cleaned with a damp, lint free cloth. When storing your crystal designs, be sure that the crystals are not allowed to jostle against each other, especially when traveling. The tarnish resistant tissue we use to package your purchased jewelry is perfect to protect and cushion crystals as well as all of our designs.

Gemstone Care

Gems are among the most durable of nature’s creations. With a little care, they will be as beautiful for generations to come as they are today. To keep your gems sparkling, clean them when dust and fingerprints have dimmed their brilliance. It is safe to clean your gemstones in a bowl of water with a few drops of ordinary dish detergent. Using an old toothbrush or other soft brush, scrub gently where dust and soap can collect. Then just rinse and pat try with a soft cloth.

Cultured Freshwater Pearls

Organic gems like pearls are porous so they need special care. You should not steam-clean pearls. If you wish to preserve the luster of your pearls, you can use a drop of olive oil on them. Do not expose genuine pearls to extreme heat and never store them in an airtight environment. Pearls need fresh air so that they don’t become brittle and possibly crack over time. A soft, lint-free breathable cloth pouch is the best environment to maintain the beautiful luster of your pearls. Any sterling silver that may be incorporated within a pearl designed piece, should be cleaned with the appropriate polishing cloth, avoiding the pearls.

Swarovski Crystal Pearls

Unlike other, lesser quality imitation pearls, the finishing on Swarovski pearls is not as readily susceptible to damage caused by perfumes, lotion, or perspiration, and the pearls themselves are resistant to scratches. To give your crystal pearls the longest life possible, be sure to wipe them clean with a slightly damp, lint-free cloth after wearing. This will help to prevent residual build-up. If necessary, you can clean them occasionally with water and mild dish soap and rinse immediately with fresh water. Do not soak the pieces.

Sterling Silver

Polishing cloths designed for Sterling Silver are best when restoring your silver to its original bright shine. Oxidation (a darkening of the silver) is a natural process that occurs depending on humidity levels sterling silver is exposed to. However, (if properly cleaned and polished) sterling silver will easily look like new with every wearing. In some cases there will be small beads of sterling silver within a design too difficult to polish with a cloth. Beware of harsh liquid cleaners! However, there are safe liquid cleaners that will brightly shine your silver again. Read all labels carefully! Use a soft toothbrush dipped in a mild silver liquid cleaner to restore these smaller pieces of sterling silver. Never leave the silver liquid cleaner on for more than 60 seconds! Rinse immediately and finish with a polishing cloth.

An Alternative Way to Clean Your Jewelry

To clean in places that a polishing cloth will not reach, take a small bowl that will hold about a quart of water and line it with aluminum foil. Add hot water and a tablespoon of Tide washing powder (not liquid or with bleach) and stir. Place your jewelry in the solution for about 1 minute and rinse with clean water and air dry. This works great on Sterling Silver too and it will not hurt any gemstones.