Jewelry Care and Maintenance: Your Guide to Keeping Your Precious Pieces Shining Bright

Jewelry, whether it’s a cherished heirloom or a recent purchase, deserves to be treasured and kept in impeccable condition. At Holm & Omari, we understand the importance of maintaining your jewelry’s brilliance and longevity. In this guide, we’ll share practical advice on how to clean, store, and maintain your jewelry, with a focus on different materials and gemstones.

Cleaning Your Jewelry


Silver Jewelry

Polishing Cloth: Silver jewelry tends to tarnish over time due to exposure to air and moisture. To bring back its shine, use a silver polishing cloth. Gently rub the cloth over the jewelry to remove tarnish and restore luster then rinse and pat dry.


Gold Jewelry

Mild Soap and Water: Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water. Soak your gold jewelry for a few minutes, gently scrub with a soft brush, rinse, and pat dry.


Gold-Plated, Oxidized, or Anodized Jewelry

Gentle Cleaning: These finishes are more delicate. Avoid abrasive cleaners. Use a soft cloth and mild soapy water for cleaning. Pat dry to prevent water spots.


Storing Your Jewelry


Proper storage is essential to prevent tangling, scratching, and damage to your precious pieces.

1. Individual Compartments: Store each piece separately in soft pouches or jewelry boxes with individual compartments to prevent scratches.

2. Anti-Tarnish Strips: For silver jewelry, use anti-tarnish strips in your storage containers to minimize tarnishing.

3. Hang Necklaces: Hang necklaces to prevent tangling. You can use hooks or special jewelry organizers.

4. Keep Away from Direct Sunlight: Sunlight can fade gemstones and damage delicate materials. Store your jewelry away from direct sunlight.


Maintaining Gemstones


1. Diamonds: Diamonds are known for their hardness, but they can still accumulate dirt and oil. Soak them in a mixture of mild dish soap and warm water, then gently scrub them with a soft toothbrush. Rinse and pat dry.

2. Pearls: Pearls are delicate. Avoid contact with chemicals, including perfume and hairspray. Wipe them with a soft, damp cloth after wearing them to remove oils and sweat.

3. Colored Gemstones: Gemstones like emeralds and opals may require special care. Consult a jeweler or refer to specific care guidelines for these stones.


General Tips


1. Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect your jewelry for loose stones or signs of wear. Promptly address any issues to prevent further damage.

2. Professional Cleaning: Consider having your jewelry professionally cleaned and inspected annually to ensure it’s in top condition, contact us for consultation.

3. Avoid Harsh Chemicals: Remove your jewelry before swimming in chlorinated pools or using household cleaners. Harsh chemicals can damage both metal and gemstones.


By following these practical tips from Holm & Omari, you can enjoy your jewelry for years to come. Remember, each piece is unique, so adapt your care routine to suit the materials and gemstones in your collection. With the right care, your jewelry will continue to shine brightly and tell your story for generations.