We’ve seen a significant surge in demand for home improvement and skin care merchandise during the pandemic. There’s another interesting category that has seen an increase in demand: fine jewelry. Stuck indoors, needing a diversion or a sense of escape, or simply wanting a serotonin boost, consumers have turned to these pricey baubles.
If you’re one of those people with sparkly new investment pieces and can’t wait to wear them out (or even just at home), it’s important to know that giving them the TLC they need will not only maintain their showroom glow, but also keep you safe, especially in these times.
The occasional professional jewelry cleaning gives your precious pieces a spa-like treatment through an ultrasonic cleaning device that removes any film and dislodges dirt between the gemstones and metal. The second step is to buff and polish through a high-speed wheel, taking away scratches and restoring the jewelry to their original luster. And lastly, the jewelry is exposed to steam which further removes impurities and makes them as radiant as can be.
Protecting your jewelry and keeping yourself safe on a daily basis require only a few things: a mild dish soap, lukewarm water, and the most gentle hands. When caring for precious pearls, wiping them with a soft cloth after every use enhances the organic gem’s brilliance.
Here are a few pieces you can add to your fine jewelry arsenal, and some maintenance and safety tips.
Whisenhunt’s vintage jewelry is a true testament of love. All their pieces are handmade. The White Agate earrings with White and Blue Crystals, granulation details and Japanese seed pearls set in silver and dipped in yellow gold, have gone through a tedious and meticulous process, making them one-of-a-kind pieces.
The Vintage 18k gold and diamond necklace is from the 1960’s, and may be converted into two bracelets. It’s a stunning and versatile piece that might just be one of your new favorites.
Earrings and necklaces are highly susceptible to oil and dirt, making them look dull and cloudy. They may be submerged in a lukewarm water and mild dish soap mix. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to give them a gentle clean.
The Diamond and Pearl Tassel ring set in 18k white gold has full cut, rose cut, and baguette diamonds. This classic design has a tassel of gold chain with pearl ends.
The Vintage two-tone Aquamarine and diamond ring set in 14k gold and 14k white gold is a vintage piece from New York with a unique setting.
Make it a habit to remove your rings when washing your hands with mild soap and water. For antique pieces with delicate settings like Whisenhunt’s, make sure that stones are still secure.
Mercelli’s stunning craftsmanship and timeless designs have delighted their clients earned through the years. This classic ring with a lacework scaloppine design, diamonds, pink sapphires, and an oval pink sapphire center stone set on 18k rose gold and white gold, is a remarkable piece that’s sure to stun from a distance and up-close.
The Prinsipesa ring, made with yellow sapphires, blue sapphires, and diamonds in 18k gold, is another beautiful and versatile piece of fine jewelry to add to your ring collection.
While alcohol-based hand sanitizer is safe for jewelry, it collects residue on your rings. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild soap mix when you clean your rings at home. Avoid the use of hot water, as the heat causes the metals to react with the chemicals.
Diamonds may be a woman’s best friend, but exquisite, timeless pearls hold a special place in a woman’s heart. Philippine South Sea pearls by Jewelmer are statement pieces that add sophistication to any ensemble. Elevate your look with the Caravelles Bracelet and Louvre Ring, or make it playful yet elegant with Mon Secret Bracelets and the Les Classiques Ring.
As living gems, pearls require delicate care. The best and most exciting way to keep this gem’s luster is to wear it often. Not only does wearing pearls elevate every look, but the pearl’s regular exposure to the body’s natural oils keeps its surface lustrous. A small glass of water may be kept inside the jewelry storage to allow adequate humidity.
Jewelry has always been a form of self-expression, and these days, a form of escape. Consumers may not be able to go out and travel like they used to, but wearing jewelry can still make them feel good. After wearing your jewelry on your trips to the grocery store or your quick, socially-distanced brunch out, make sure to sanitize them to keep them in tiptop shape. And more importantly, cleaning them keeps you safe.
Jewelmer and Mercelli are located at the R1 Level of Power Plant Mall.
Whisenhunt is located at the R2 Level of Power Plant Mall.