Bad Things Happen to Good Jewelry!

Real People - Real StoriesHere are some valuable tips to help you protect your jewelry.

  1. Dirt buildup may increase the wear of your jewelry. Visit the Jewelry Judge Ben Gordon at least once a year to have your Fine Jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected for worn or cracked prongs, faulty clasps, or other potential problems.
  2. Salt water and jewelry do not mix. Ocean water can damage some gemstones and metals.
  3. Exposure to chemicals can damage and discolor precious metals – like gold, silver and platinum – and may harm colored gemstones. Remove jewelry before going into chlorinated pools or hot tubs, and while using household cleaners.
  4. Remove Jewelry before swimming as fingers often constrict in water, making rings more likely to fall off.
  5. Avoid heavy blows to your diamond. Diamonds can chip if struck at the right angle.
  6. Keep jewelry in unlikely places. Jewelry boxes are an obvious place for thieves to look.
  7. When traveling, keep valuable jewelry at home or store it in the hotel safe.
  8. Don’t place or store your jewelry near vents, grates, sinks or drains.
  9. Pearls are easily damaged by an array of personal products like cosmetics and lotions.
  10. Most burglaries happen in broad daylight. Always keep doors and windows locked during the day.
  11. If you bump or snag your jewelry, have it inspected for potential damage that may be unnoticeable to you.
  12. Always take time to place jewelry in a secure place, not in a pocket, on a counter, or in a public area.
  13. When not wearing your jewelry, place each item in a separate, soft, compact container. If cluttered together, jewelry can become scratched.
  14. One of the best ways to keep valuable jewelry collections secure is to store them in a burglary and fire-resistant safe.

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