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CARING FOR YOUR PRODUCT

With a little care, your investment will continue to be an object of admiration, and look as beautiful as the day you purchased it.

Tips on how to take care of your jewelry
Having your jewelry cleaned at least once a year by a professional will help keep it looking its best at The Tanzanite Shop we will also inspect it for possible wear and tear. Between professional cleanings, however, there are some things you can do to keep your jewelry looking great.

Diamonds?
Use a soft-bristled non-metallic brush, a mild cleaning liquid -- we recommend Palmolive -- and water solution. Gently scrub away any grime, especially around the prongs or setting where build-up is likely. Even a clean looking diamond often has a thin layer of skin oil and will shine better after a cleaning. Avoid touching the diamond as much as possible.

Gemstones?
Cleaning gemstones is easy. Simply soak the piece in a bowl of warm, soapy water for several minutes and then use a soft, non-metallic brush to remove any grime. If you use a jewelry cleanser, make sure it is non-abrasive. Don’t use harsh chemical cleaners, and don’t clean the item in the sink – we’ve heard too many horror stories of jewelry falling down a drainpipe! Keep in mind some gemstones may have been treated or enhanced by heating, oiling, irradiation or diffusion. Heated and irradiated stones generally don’t require special care when cleaning, but diffused stones could be harmed if scrubbed too hard. Also, the oil on an emerald can be stripped away by cleaning, making the emerald change appearance. If this happens, simply bring it to your jeweler for re-oiling.

Metals?
For mountings, you can use rubbing alcohol to dissolve some of the stickier grime. However, don’t use alcohol on any kind of pearl jewelry. Soap and water and a soft brush will take care of most of your cleaning needs. Make sure the brush is very soft when used on metal, especially gold, since it can be scratched relatively easily. Use a soft cloth that won’t leave fuzz or threads behind to dry and buff your jewelry once it's cleaned

Storing jewelry
All jewelry should be kept in closed jewelry boxes and far away from heating vents. Be especially careful with amethysts, colored topazes and pearls as UV-rays make their color less intense. Rubies and garnets should also be protected from the sun.

You should also avoid extreme temperature drops. For instance, ruby can completely lose its color when heated. Never store your jewelry in the bathroom (especially silver jewelry) because all the metals and stones can be harmed by moisture.

Ring Resizing
While we can resize most rings, different metals are easier to resize than others. Plain gold bands are the easiest rings to resize. White gold plated with rhodium and perhaps other layers of metals can be more difficult, as it may be a challenge to match the original plating. Silver, because it is often rhodium-plated, can also be tricky. Stainless steel and titanium rings are difficult or impossible to resize. Making rings smaller may be easier. Some rings cannot be enlarged because they contain an inset stone that would be stressed and possibly crack if the hoop were enlarged.

How the ring is resized depends on how large a change is needed. If the adjustment is only a ¼ or ½ step (US sizes), machines exist that can actually stretch or compress the band, assuming there are no stones. Rings whose cross-section vary widely, and rings with stones, require a machine that uses rollers to lengthen the part of the band without stones.

If a greater change in size is required, the shank will be cut and a section removed or a new section soldered in place by a torch or a laser. Since many rings are manufactured with a join in the first place, we will merely open the shank at the same point. If a ring has been enlarged previously, we will remove the previously inserted piece and insert a longer piece to ensure uniformity. The quality, however, will depend on the jeweler’s skills and how closely the metal of the new piece matches the original alloy.

When picking up a resized ring, examine it closely. You should not be able to tell it was resized at all. The shank should have a consistent shape and color, and there should be no pit marks or other depressions to reveal the location of the join. And, of course, it should fit your finger!