Jewellery Care

Sourced from all over the world, and created using the finest gemstones and precious metals, all jewellery from Imb Design requires a little care and attention to keep it looking its best. Dust, pollution and daily wear all conspire to cloud the brilliance of a gemstone and dull the surface of precious metals.

As with all fine things in life, you should take care to protect your jewellery and always store it in a fabric lined jewellery box, taking care not to drop, bash or scratch.
ALWAYS remove your jewellery when applying scent, lotions and potions, or even better, always put your jewellery on last when getting dressed.

SILVER

Jewellery Design IrelandYou may find that some items occasionally turn black (oxidise) where they come into contact with your skin. This is due to natural acids in one's skin reacting to the additional metals in Sterling silver. Silver in it's pure form is too soft to be of much use for jewellery. sterling silver is the combination of 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% other alloys. You may find that your jewellery is unaffected and then for no apparent reason begins to oxidise. These acids vary depending on the time of year, the month, one's diet or stress levels. How do you stop it ? Normally, it will stop of it's own accord after a short while, and by continued wearing, the oxidisation will wear-off. In the meantime, you can polish or use a "silver dip" solution.

PLATINUM

Platinum RingsIf all the mined platinum in the world were melted down and poured in to an Olympic sized swimming pool it would not cover your ankles. This sort of rarity deserves a little care.
A hardwearing metal, platinum is suitable to be worn every day; good care should still be taken of it to prevent scratches. When scratched, platinum is unique in that the metal is only displaced, not lost.
Platinum jewellery can be cleaned with a mild soapy water solution and a soft bristle brush.
Over time platinum jewellery develops a natural patina which can be easily polished.
As with all fine things in life, you should take care to protect your jewellery and always store in a jewellery box, taking care not to drop, bash or scratch.

GOLD

Gold JewelleryContaining no oxides, gold is the only precious metal that will not tarnish. Having said this, it is a relatively soft metal and care should always be taken with your gold jewellery.
Generally, the higher the carat weight, the softer the metal; due to the alloys used in 9ct gold, it tends to be more resistant to scratching than 18ct or 24ct gold. This is why we recommend that you wear rings of a similar carat together, e.g. your wedding and engagement ring.
Gold should be cleaned regularly in order to maintain its beauty and patina. A soft, lint free cloth is an effective way to keep gold jewellery looking its best.
As a relatively delicate material, gold is particularly susceptible to damage from chlorine. Chlorine can permanently damage or discolour gold jewellery. For that reason, you should avoid wearing gold jewellery when using chlorine or bleach, or while in a pool or hot tub.
As with all fine things in life, you should take care to protect your jewellery and always store in a jewellery box, taking care not to drop, bash or scratch.

DIAMONDS

Diamond RingsDiamonds are remarkably durable, resistant to scratching except by another diamond, and maintain their brilliant fire extremely well. These qualities make a diamond well-suited to regular wear and are perfect for engagement and wedding rings, which are usually worn every day.

But even a diamond isn't indestructible. It can be chipped by a sharp blow or become loose in its setting and fall out. A diamond should be worn with care.

Because diamonds tend to pick up grease and oils, they can become dirty with handling and should be occasionally wiped with a lint-free cloth. Other methods for safe cleaning include warm water, mild soap, and a soft toothbrush or a commercial cleaning solution. It is not recommended to use ultrasonic and steam cleaners.

PEARLS

Pearl RingPearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. To preserve your pearls' radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume. Always put on your jewelry as a final touch, after applying make-up and styling hair.
The pearl's luster can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewelry box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.f worn often, pearls should be cleaned and restrung professionally once a year.

GEMSTONES

Certain basic precautions should be taken with all of your jewelry. However, some gemstones, as outlined in this section, require special care.
Take care to protect your jewelry from impact against hard surfaces and avoid contact with abrasive surfaces. Even a diamond can chip if hit with enough force or at just the right angle. Many stones such as amethyst, emerald, kunzite, opal, pearl, peridot, tanzanite and tourmaline are very delicate and easily abraded. Enamel can also chip or scratch when struck. Gemstones can scratch other gemstones and wear away at precious metals. Therefore, avoid stacking those rings and bracelets that would be vulnerable to such abrasion. Extreme temperatures, perfumes, cosmetics, ultrasonic cleaning and household chemicals can also damage jewelry.
To clean diamonds, use a mild solution of six parts water to one part ammonia and apply with a soft bristle brush.