Orsini General Jewellery Care Guidelines
Often advice on caring for your jewellery is often overlooked in the excitement of a new purchase. In order to keep the splendor and beauty of your jewellery it deserves your care. Normal everyday use of cosmetic products, moisture and natural oils in your skin coming into contact with your jewellery may lead to reducing the luster of your gemstones and diamonds, as well as of gold surfaces.
The luster of jewels, especially gold jewels (without gemstones or diamonds) can be maintained easily using specific, non-abrasive products specially meant for cleaning jewellery. We have these products available for you to purchase. These products are safe as long as they are properly applied, though it is advisable to take extra care with products containing ammonia, alcohol, acids or chemical substances that may prove to be too aggressive.
For a number of reasons, the cleaning process may be more risky for jewellery set with gemstones or diamonds; thus, it is advisable to bring these into store for professional cleaning.
Especially when dealing with gemstones of an organic nature (like coral or jet) or with a porous structure (like turquoise, opal and chalcedony), the general rule is to avoid contact with external agents, such as fragrances, creams, sudden changes in temperature, moisture, chlorine, smoke, etc., that may cause irreversible damage.
We recommend that you take the time to place them separately in individual soft and clean sachets or cases, in a dry place safe from harm. Never leave your jewellery jumbled together in a draw, as this could cause chips and scratches to occur. Keep your chains fastened so that they don’t get tangled up. Natural stones do not need any particular treatment or maintenance but, being delicate, they must be properly cared for to avoid knocks that may chip or break them, as well as contact with external agents that may harm them. Please always remember to remove your jewellery if carrying out any activities that may place your jewellery at risk of knocks. For example, house cleaning, washing dishes, sports activities, gardening.
A good rule of thumb would be to avoid contact with cosmetic products, fragrances, soaps, detergents, chlorine or chlorinated water, prolonged exposure to the sun, proximity to heat sources and sudden changes in temperature that may damage the surface of a gemstone irreversibly.
When purchasing white gold please remember that white gold started out as yellow gold. White gold is blended with other white alloys to make it white, because of this the colour isn’t bright white it can have a slight yellow tint. It is standard practice to rhodium plate white gold so that it looks bright white and at its best. This plating will wear off over time. We recommend that you when you bring your ring in for its annual check that you get your white gold ring re rhodium plated, it deserves to look its best.
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