Tis the season to Be Jeweled! Lamar Wedding Center has partnered with Collette Marie Jewelry, a NYC-based designer who makes unique, customized handcrafted jewelry… But you don’t have to be headed to the altar to enjoy our Special Occasion and Everyday Collections or browse our lovely selection of evening bags.
To that end, we wish to share some FAQ’s about jewelry care.
Tips for Taking Care of Jewelry:
In general, it is necessary to take reasonable care of all jewelry to retain its beauty and value. Jewelry gets dirty and dull from everyday wear, cosmetics, perspiration, natural skin oils and the environment.
Do not wear jewelry in a chlorine swimming pool or expose it to any harsh chemicals that may dull stones and plating. Chlorine and hot tubs are jewelry’s enemy!
Apply cosmetics, hair sprays and perfume before putting on jewelry. Your jewelry is the last thing you should put on when dressing. When you remove it, wipe carefully with a soft cloth to remove any traces of contaminants.
Most jewelry can be cleaned using warm water and mild dish detergent, rinsing carefully and buffing with a lint-free cloth. Your jewelry will look like new again with just a little bit of care and common sense.
Do not clean your jewelry in the kitchen sink or bathroom sink — it is very easy to drop a soapy, small piece of jewelry down the drain.
Under no circumstances should pearls and other soft, opaque stones (opals, turquoise, etc.) be cleaned with commercial jewelry cleaners, sonic cleaners or chemicals. This includes Swarovski pearls.
Pearls may be carefully wiped with a soft cloth or gently cleaned by using a mild detergent, rinsing and buffing gently. Do not soak pearl strands in water, as the silk thread may stretch or weaken.
It is best to keep pearls and other soft stones separate from other jewelry and in a soft pouch so that they don’t get scratched.
Remember that Swarovski is crystal glass. That means that it should be cleaned occasionally to keep its brilliance. Swarovski recommends that, from time to time, you should carefully and gently polish each piece with a soft lint-free cloth. Or you may wash your jewelry using warm water, a mild dish detergent and a soft-bristled brush. Rinse thoroughly with clean warm water to remove detergent residue prior to drying. Make sure your jewelry is dry before wearing or putting it away. Swarovski jewelry containing pearls should not be exposed to water. Clean these pieces by buffing with a soft cloth.
Lay cultured pearl strands flat to dry. Hanging a strand might stretch the threads.
Always read labels and care instructions for jewelry and jewelry cleaners!
By Collette Marie/Lamar Wedding Center Jewelry Department