A diamond is one of the most durable materials in the world. However, like many luxury goods from watches and shoes to automobiles, both diamond and other gemstone jewellery benefits from a little bit of maintenance and TLC. The following pages contain information on how to protect, preserve and care for your Bradleys jewellery. Your item is designed to last a lifetime and by following the steps outlined below, one day future generations will be able to cherish it just as much as you do.
A little thought at the start of your day can help keep your jewellery looking pristine. Chemicals in everyday products such as hairspray, nail polish remover, cosmetics and perfume can damage the nacre of pearls and corrode settings. For this reason, the GIA suggests jewellery should be last thing on and first thing off. Exercise common sense and remove jewellery before engaging in activities such as gardening, playing sport or when at the beach. The chemicals you come into contact with whilst swimming or cleaning may affect your jewellery. Opals require particular care and attention as they contain water – avoid heat (including hot water) and strong light as this can dry them out and affect the play of colour. Pearls worn every few days should be restrung once a year to avoid breakage.
Well loved and oft-worn jewellery can accrue dirt over time. Rings in particular can attract soap and dead skin behind the stone. To clean transparent crystalline gemstones, soak in warm water with a gentle soap and carefully rub with a soft toothbrush. Organic gems, such as amber and pearls, are porous and easily scratched. Clean with an unused makeup brush and warm, soapy water: never use chemicals. Opaque gemstones are also porous, and should be treated similarly. When dealing with strung pearls, do not wear until completely dry as this can stretch the string. Instead, lay on a towel to dry. Single-crystal gems such as diamonds and rubies can be cleaned with a touch of ammonia in water to remove grime and add sparkle. Ultrasonic cleaners are highly effective for diamonds, rubies and sapphires, but are best avoided for many other gems.
Thrown together, your jewellery will be liable to scratches and abrasions. It is best to store your jewellery in a cool, dark and dry place and separate each item so that they don’t tangle or scratch against each other. Ideally keep it in the soft lined Michael Isaac box it came in or a pouch. Opals and pearls need to draw moisture from the air, so avoid storing them in an airtight container. Instead, use a soft pouch. When travelling, exercise common sense and pad your jewellery.
You’ve chosen Michael Isaac for quality, craftsmanship and refined design, it would seem a natural next step to pay equal consideration to your insurance arrangements. First and foremost, this should demand at least a read through of your current contents insurance policy. You should come to understand whether your jewellery is covered, as well as your coverage level; you also need to be aware of the limit of your policy for any single item – should your item be above this level, it will need to be specified on the policy for coverage. Beyond this however, you also need to appreciate that gold rises in value, and along with it, will be a rise in value of your gold Michael Isaac jewellery. Ultimately this can leave you underinsured, which emphases the importance of regularly having your jewellery valued (we recommend every 12 months), and updating your insurers accordingl