How Do I Clean Silver?
Some cleaners which are ideal for sterling silver may be too harsh for the set gemstone. If gem-set, use a soft toothbrush to gently clean the surfaces of the gemstones. Ultrasonic cleaners are not recommended. Natural body oils, soap and regular daily dust can build up on your jewellery.
If more serious cleaning is required, then use a good jeweller’s rouge or jewellery cleaning dip. They can damage pearls and gem-set jewellery. A mild soap in water is usually enough to clean it. Remember the backs! Gently pat the jewellery dry. However, if your silver is gem-set see below for advice on specific gemstones to be sure what is safe to use.
Every diamond is immensely old
Every diamond is immensely old. They formed long before dinosaurs roamed the earth. Every diamond is unique. No two diamonds are alike. Today a handful of diamonds are renowned for their incredible histories, magical lore and sheer size. The very word Diamond comes from the Greek word adamas meaning unconquerable.
They have come to own grand names to mark their significance and behind each of these spectacular diamonds lie a rich magnificent story of history, discovery and mysticism. The youngest diamond is 900 years old and the oldest is 3.2 billion years old. Diamond exists in many colors. The rarest of them being red and was first mined in India more than 2800 years ago. The famous Kohinoor diamonds is one of them.
Care for Antique Gemstones
Gemstones are a valuable part of any piece of antique jewellery. Common sense is the best preventative measure when caring for any antique gemstone. Although the metal components of ornaments often receive the most attention, gemstone care is equally as important.
Hairdryers should never be used to dry freshly-cleaned gemstones, and no pieces should ever come in contact with chlorine. It is crucial to protect antique jewellery as a whole, in order to maintain as much value as possible over time.