Jewellery care goes hand in hand with owning gorgeous custom made Jewellery. With a deep level of sentimentality attached to your Jewellery, there’s no doubt you’ll want it to last throughout the years. That means giving it the special care and attention it needs to ensure the beauty and shine is retained, and it remains in pristine condition.
Being especially custom made, there’s nothing else like your piece of Jewellery. It’s unique and individual just like you. You’ll have an eye to eventually handing it down to your loved ones, and hope that it will continue to be handed down the family line and cherished for generations to come.
What would you do if something happened to it through lack of care? That would be heart breaking.
It’s why caring for your Jewellery really matters, but how do you properly care for Jewellery?
Be Careful What You’re Doing When You’re Wearing Jewellery
You wear your Jewellery with pride and show it off to the world, and so you should. It shows that you’re a person of taste, refinement, and class.
You’ll be surprised how easy it is to forget you’re wearing your Jewellery when you go about your day-to-day life. The next thing you know, you’re washing the dishes with your beautiful rings on, you’re at the gym or local pool with your gorgeous necklace on, you’re working in the garden with your stunning bracelet on.
It would be a tragedy to damage your Jewellery while you were busy engaged in some type of activity. Prevention is better than cure. The best way to care for your Jewellery in these circumstances, is to remove it and keep it safe.
To protect it from damage, never wear your Jewellery:
- In the bath or shower to avoid contacts with soaps and chemicals
- In a pool to avoid loss or damage, or discolouration from chlorine exposure
- When doing physical activities to avoid breakage or loss
- When applying perfume or hairspray as it jeopardises the integrity of the materials
- When applying make-up creams to avoid residue dulling the shine
This may mean creating a new habit of taking your Jewellery off before doing any activities that might damage, or even worse, cause it to fall off and become lost without you even knowing.
Be Careful Where You Take Your Jewellery Off
One woman was walking along the beach with her partner on a moonlit night. She took her new ring off to show her partner, and accidentally dropped it in the sand. With a look of absolute horror, she cried out. It had sunk into the sand, somewhere.
Her partner spent a lot of time sifting through the sand in the dark with his fingers and eventually scooped it up, to her relief.
The lesson she learnt was to be very careful where you take your Jewellery off. In her case, the safest way was to keep it on her finger.
If you’re going to be doing an activity that may risk the safety or integrity of your Jewellery, the best option is to remove it safely in your home and place it in dedicated storage.
Safe And Sound Storage For Your Jewellery
The best Jewellery care includes having safe storage for when you’re not wearing it. A beautiful piece of custom made Jewellery deserves a beautiful home. It’s worth investing in a purpose made Jewellery box lined with soft, tarnish resistant material.
Ideally, it requires a box with several individual pouches within it to separate each item of Jewellery. In this way, you can avoid them getting tangled, scratched or broken.
The best place for your Jewellery box is in your bedroom or in a safe.
Always keep the Jewellery box away from:
- Moist areas
- Areas where there are chemicals
In this way, you’re ensuring the greatest protection when you’re not wearing it.
Travelling With Jewellery
There will be times when you’re travelling with your Jewellery. There are specific Jewellery care tips you may not have thought of when travelling.
- Make a list of the Jewellery you’re taking with you
- Ensure that it’s insured when you travel
- If you’re not planning on wearing it on the plane, store it in your carry-on luggage in a designated Jewellery box. Never store it in luggage that you can’t keep with you
- Thread earrings carefully through a pair of large buttons when not wearing them. By themselves, earrings can easily be lost if not packed correctly
By taking special care of your gorgeous Jewellery, you’ll preserve it, and experience the utmost joy out of wearing it for years to come.
Franco Jewellers Are Trusted For Repairing Jewellery
Should your Jewellery ever become damaged, you can rely on Franco Jewellers to repair it and restore it to new, wherever possible. They will assess what is required and advise you on the cost of repairing your stunning piece.
In the event it can’t be repaired, Franco is a supplier to many insurance companies and can work with you and your insurance company to make the process of replacing your Jewellery as simple as possible.
They will turn a difficult time into something that’s a little easier and less stressful for you.
Franco will also teach you important ways to care for your Jewellery.
Whether it’s having a beautiful piece of Jewellery custom made for you, or Jewellery repair, you’re in the best of hands with Franco Jewellers.
For your one-on-one appointment, contact the caring, friendly Franco team today.
The Engagement Ring Myths And Your Own Love Story
Here’s how to stop listening to all those engagement ring myths and find yourself the best of the best in custom-made engagement rings.
There are so many superstitions and stories about what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to choosing and showing your engagement ring.
It’s about time to set the record straight and help you enjoy the magic of your engagement and the love story you are living every day.
The Classic Engagement Ring Myths
It might be strange to think that there are more than a few myths around engagement rings, but they continue to follow couples down through the years.
Instead of getting to enjoy the magic moments of the proposal and the delight of finding the right engagement ring, too many couples are caught up in the myths and superstitions of what you can and can’t do before and during their engagement.
Here’s a few of the classic engagement ring myths and what they mean. These are the ones that have been passed on through the generations, such as;
- It is bad luck to see your engagement ring before the offer of marriage.
- It’s even worse if you try on your engagement ring before the proposal
- Never try on someone else’s engagement ring
- Never take off your engagement ring. Instead of taking it off completely, you must touch another finger to your engagement/wedding finger and slide the ring onto that finger. If you break contact with the ring, you apparently put a crack in your loving relationship.
- If you want your marriage to be a long and happy one, the bride should only ever try on jewellery from women who have long and healthy marriages otherwise any negativity will travel to her once when she puts on the jewellery.
- Never propose on a Friday or buy an engagement ring on that day
Let’s work our way back through those myths and see any reasons why you should follow any of them.
Engagement Rings And Handy Tips
It’s hard to say where the idea of buying an engagement ring on a Friday could bring any ill fortune. It could be that you might be tired, stressed and not thinking as clearly as possible after a long working week, so it’s better to wait until you’re relaxed.
Finding the right engagement ring should never be a chore or headache. The best thing you can do is get professional advice and have an experienced team take you through the process step by step.
You want to get an engagement ring that works for you and you alone.
Trying on other women’s jewellery is all fine but if you’re superstitious then just hold up the rings that you want to examine rather than put them on your finger. Or, you could put the ‘try on’ rings on your other hand.
If you know women with long and healthy marriages, ask them how those relationships last and why rather than look at their jewellery. There could be great tips you could learn.
The idea of never taking off an engagement ring is probably more to do with losing the ring or dropping it and damaging the setting.
That makes some sense but the whole point should be just to take care of your engagement ring and the best way to do that is to get jewellery insurance.
The Luck That Surrounds Engagement Rings
The first and most important thing to remember about an engagement ring is that someone loves you and wants to marry you.
- The style of the engagement ring does matter
- The size of the diamond is personal taste (and sticking to a budget matters too)
- Having a custom-made engagement ring will satisfy you the most
- Talking to an experienced and professional jeweller will make things easier
The last thing you need when it comes to choosing an engagement ring is to be stressed.
You don’t want to have an engagement ring that you don’t want to wear or you are embarrassed to even show anyone.
There are many stories of the partner going out and getting a ring that is not what the wearer would want to put on their finger.
It’s understandable that the whole excitement and joy of the proposal can be lost if there is talk of the engagement ring beforehand. The point should be that someone is asking the love of their life to spend that life together.
The ring takes second stage to that. It’s more important that you are lucky enough to have someone love you dearly.
The Ultimate In Engagement Rings Are Waiting At Franco Jewellers
Finding the perfect engagement ring can be difficult, but not if you know where to go.
There’s one place that can give you the guidance and the most exquisite range of engagement rings you will find – that’s Franco Jewellers.
See the true experts in engagement and wedding rings, which include the ultimate in custom-made engagement rings.
They will take you through all you need to know about how to live the dream of the ideal ring on your finger.
Outstanding jewellery and a special one-on-one service is ready and waiting for you
Talk to Franco Jewellers today – because you’re worth it.
The Why And How To Clean Diamond Earrings
Is there anything as startling, sparkling and eye-catching as a pair of diamond earrings?
Nothing can really compare to the magic that they give to the face and the stylishness they bring to the lucky one wearing them.
There’s one question that often gets ignored and it is to the detriment of the jewellery itself – how to clean diamond earrings properly?
Do home-made and DIY cleaning methods work or are they likely to do more harm than good?
Do you need to take your precious diamond earrings to a jeweller for a professional clean?
Remember that your diamond earrings are not something to fool around with and there is a very real risk of damaging your jewellery if you are not careful.
Let’s take you through a few ways of how to clean diamond earrings the right way and things to avoid.
The First Step In How To Clean Diamond Earrings Is Simple
The first thing you need to know is that YES, diamond jewellery needs to be cleaned and none more so than your diamond earrings.
Well, the answer is almost staring you in the face when you look in the mirror.
Any diamond jewellery should be sparkling and dazzling to the eye. If it is not giving off as much magic light as it used to then you will know it is cleaning time.
It’s understandable that you don’t pay close attention to your own earrings but probably more to someone else’s, especially if they are of the eye-catching quality.
It pays to have a close inspection of your diamond earrings to see if there is any build-up around the clasp or stone. You will also be able to identify if there is something wrong with an earring before it becomes a major issue such as losing a stone.
Why Would Your Diamond Earrings Lose Their Sparkle?
The thing about diamond earrings is that they are very often worn every day and come into contact with a variety of different things that can affect their ability to shine bright.
- Dirt and grime is very quick to build up
- Face cream is often spread across to the ears
- Hand cream can be transferred to your earrings when you handle them
- Perspiration will often build around the earlobe
- Make-up can also build up especially in powder form
- Even oils and perfumes can dull the look of your earrings over time
Some earrings are easy to leave in, which is very handy but can lead to a small problem.
If you do wear your earrings every day and don’t take them off for a shower, it’s likely that you will still have them in when you are applying your make-up and doing your hair.
Hairsprays, gels and dyes and other products are the likely suspects when your earrings start to become dull and can even mean your diamond earrings look dirty.
If you know why your earrings have a noticeable build-up on them, the next step is knowing how to clean diamond earrings effectively.
Why Cleaning Diamond Earrings Isn’t Hard But Needs Extra Care
Diamond jewellery and especially diamond earrings are not necessarily more delicate than other jewellery pieces.
The thing about diamonds is that they are not indestructible. While they are the hardest substance on Earth, it can be easy to take them for granted.
That’s often why people don’t realise that cleaning your diamond jewellery is important for it to show its best qualities.
There are several ways to soak and clean diamond earrings which include everything from;
- baking soda
- hydrogen peroxide
- window cleaner (yes, some use it)
- and some even think that toothpaste is an option (which it is definitely not).
One of the easiest ways to take care of your diamond earrings is to take them off and leave them sitting in a bowl or cup of warm water (not hot or boiling water) with a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid. (No harsh chemicals should come in contact with your jewellery).
You can leave them there for an hour or even overnight.
Cleaning Diamond Earrings Needs A Gentle Touch
For the cleaning part, this is where the gentle touch is required.
A gentle scrubbing of the diamond and the setting with a baby toothbrush. This is a good option because the bristles themselves are super-soft.
Professional cleaning by a jeweller is a different story. Most jewellers will use ultrasonic cleaners which emit high frequency sound waves which extract the dirt and foreign bodies away from the diamond. Bubbles form by using special chemicals and these cling to the dirt that is discolouring the diamond and the sound waves pull the dirt away and force it up to the surface.
You may not notice the difference with the naked eye between a home-made cleaning method and the professional version, but there should be a difference in the sparkle of the diamond if you look up close.
If you want more advice or the chance to own your very own exquisite diamond earrings, then there’s one team to call.
The Ultimate in Diamond Earrings Are Yours At Franco Jewellers
With Franco Jewellers, you’ll always know that you have true experts looking after you.
For the very best in diamond engagement and wedding rings, cocktail rings, necklaces, earrings or that ‘something special’ and custom-made, it’s all here waiting for you.
Take your chance to enjoy outstanding jewellery and a special one-on-one service.
Talk to Franco Jewellers today – because you’re worth it.