Jewelry Care & Repairs
Each of my pieces are entirely handmade, making each piece truly special and it should be cared for that way. To ensure longevity of your jewelry please follow the guidelines and suggestions below. For more information on a specific piece that you purchased through our shop, please do not hesitate to reach out via email at sclearyyjewelry.com
- Remove all jewelry before swimming, exercising, sleeping, gardening and cleaning
- Remove all non-fine jewelry when showering or washing hands
- Store all jewelry in a dry and cool place
- Do not expose jewelry to any harsh chemicals like cleaning solutions, perfumes, sunscreen, lotions, hand sanitizers
- Clean jewelry after exposure to any of the above, or every few months with a soft polishing cloth
- Use caution with delicate pieces with stones, especially pieces with pearls, opals, emeralds, amber and turquoise
Non-Fine jewelry is jewelry that is gold filled or sterling silver. These pieces should be removed before washing hands, showering, applying any cosmetics, lotions, sunscreen and hand sanitizer. Remove before swimming, gardening and exercising. This will ensure longevity and prevent tarnishing. Remove before any heavy impact type activities as this can damage stones and softer metals like sterling silver.
While solid gold is more durable it is not impervious to damage. Remove before cleaning and gardening, swimming and exercising. Chemicals from pools and hot tubs, and some water can damage stones and tarnish gold. Common house hold cleaners can damage all jewelry, even solid gold pieces. Most bracelets, earrings and necklaces that are solid gold can be worn daily, however more delicate pieces should be removed before sleeping. Cosmetics, lotions and sunscreen can build up and should be cleaned if exposed.
Sterling Silver will tarnish with exposure to oxygen and moisture. Be sure to keep in a dry place. To remove tarnish, simply use a Sterling silver/gold safe polishing cloth. I prefer Sunshine and include one in all orders. Avoid contact with stones as the cloth can still cause damage to softer gems. Avoid commercial jewelry cleaning solutions as this can be too harsh on pieces with gemstones and will remove intentional patinas and often leaving an undesirable film. Avoid contact with stones when using polishing cloths.
If pieces get dirty, clean with a soft polishing cloth. If you do not have a polishing cloth, use a soft toothbrush, warm water with blue Dawn dish soap. Focus on areas where dirt can accumulate like underneath open settings and prongs. Be sure to rinse well and fully dry with a soft cloth. This is not recommended for pieces with soft stones such as pearls, opals, coral, amber and turquoise as this can damage and even discolor the stone.
Store all jewelry in a cool, dry place. Jewelry boxes are ideal. If you do not have a jewelry box, keep in a sealed baggies or the box jewelry came in. Do not leave jewelry in the bathroom as this area is exposed to more moisture. Avoid storing multiple pieces together to ensure pieces do not tangle. Avoid storing softer gems with pieces with diamonds as the diamonds can scratch the softer stones.
Engagement rings and wedding rings with settings should be serviced every 6 months to a year. Prongs can loosen over time, especially pieces that are worn daily so having them checked regularly will ensure longevity and prevent stones from falling out. Necklaces and earrings with prong settings can be checked every 2 years. This should only be done by a professional. Over many years some prongs may need to be re-tipped or replaced. If you notice a stone is loose in any setting, stop wearing and bring to a professional to be assessed. Feel free to contact me via email for yearly cleaning or to check a setting on any piece I made.
If your piece requires repair or arrives in unsatisfactory condition please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Items which need repair within 60 days of purchase will not incur a repair fee. After this window, there will be a fee depending on materials and the extent of the repair. I DO NOT repair any jewelry from other jewelers.