If you’re going swimming, make sure you take off your jewelery first. Chlorine is a strong chemical and it can damage the luster and life of your precious jewelry pieces. Even ocean swimming is not good for jewelry. The salt is damaging. Lengthen the jewelry’s life, and ensure it keeps its beauty by removing any precious items before entering the pool.
Cleaning jewelry is as important as storing your valuable pieces properly. However, before you start cleaning it, check to make sure none of the stones have become chipped, damaged or loose in their settings. If you clean jewelry in this state, the damage could be worsened. If you do discover damage, take the affected pieces to a professional jeweler or gemologist for cleaning and repair.
Using an illusion setting may be an original choice, if you like the effect of a larger, more brilliant diamond. This involves plating your ring with a mirror before setting the diamond. The diamond will appear larger because it is reflecting in the mirror. Repairing illusion settings, though, can be more costly. To maintain the integrity of the setting, only use a slightly damp cloth to gently clean the piece. Afterwards, dry off the whole piece with a cloth. Neither costume nor fashion jewelry should be exposed to steam cleaning or cleaning with harsh chemicals. Synthetic or man-made gemstones are a budget-friendly alternative. These stones can have an appearance quite similar to natural ones. One way they differ is the cost, since they are not so rare; the cost is substantially lower than the stones which are naturally mined.