Caring for Your Jewelry

As members of the American Gem Trade Association and responsible members of the jewelry community, we are required by law to issue full disclosures as required by the Federal Trade Commission:

Full disclosure that all gemstones are treated in standard, trade accepted ways, unless otherwise noted.  Natural gemstones without any treatment will be shown in the description of the item of jewelry.  Industry standard codes of treatment will be clearly noted on each invoice.

Jewelry and Gemstone Care Guidelines:
Most colored gemstones routinely undergo heating or other treatments to further enhance their natural beauty. These enhancements are generally permanent. However, extra care should be taken with all colored gemstone jewelry. If cared for properly, it can last a lifetime. Here are some tips:

* Never expose any gemstone jewelry to salt water, chemicals, perfume or hairspray. These substances may slowly erode the finish and polish of the gems. Do not subject gemstone jewelry to sudden temperature changes.
* Opals, emeralds and tanzanite require extra precautions.
* Do not use commercial cleaning solutions, ultrasonic steam cleaners, cold or hot water to clean these gems. Use only a soft cloth and lukewarm water. Opals are especially sensitive to temperature variations, which can cause cracking. Remove your opal jewelry before washing dishes, handling frozen foods, or in very cold weather.
* Store your gemstone jewelry in cotton, never plastic. Keep each piece separate as these gemstones are easily scratched by other pieces.
*If you are ever in doubt about how to care for your jewelry, even if it wasn't purchased from us, please feel free to contact us. We will do our best to guide you.