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CARING FOR YOUR FINE JEWELRY
Diamonds and Precious Metals
Diamonds may be the hardest substance known to man, but they still can be damaged, abraded or scratched. Use the following guidelines to ensure your jewelry retains its beauty for years to come:
- Don’t jumble your diamond jewelry with other pieces, because diamonds can scratch other jewelry and each other.
- Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined jewel case or in a box with compartments or dividers.
- Don’t wear your diamonds when doing rough work. Even though a diamond is durable, a hard blow can chip and damage it.
- Diamonds look best when they are clean, revealing the diamond’s fire and brilliance.
- Clean your diamonds regularly using commercial jewelry cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the solution, and use a soft brush to dislodge dust or dirt from under the setting.
- Keep jewelry away from chlorine bleach or other chemicals that can pit or discolor the mounting. Do not wear your diamond jewelry in chlorinated pools or hot tubs. The chlorine will not harm your diamond, but will discolor and possibly pit the mounting.
- Sign up for our “six month reminder program” for diamond ring inspection. We will mail you a postcard reminding you to bring in your diamond ring for worn prong and loose diamond inspection. In addition to the inspection, your ring will receive our professional cleaning and polishing service. All at no charge!
Caring For Precious Gemstone Jewelry
Unlike diamonds, many gemstones have limitations on how they should be cared for and cleaned. The first three points of advice listed above regarding the care of diamond jewelry apply to gemstone jewelry as well. However, beyond those tips:
- It’s important to give extra care and attention to jewelry featuring certain high risk gemstones like Emeralds, Opal, Pearls and Tanzanite. Certain cleaning solutions and polishing techniques can have a negative effect on these stones and other “at risk” stones. At Dondero’s, we will identify your stones and give you the best options for “at home” cleaning and maintenance. In addition, we will do an on-site inspection and cleaning of your gemstone jewelry at no charge to you.
Caring For Your Silver Jewelry
At Dondero’s, one of the most common questions that we hear regarding jewelry care is: How do I stop my silver from tarnishing?
- Unfortunately, silver does tarnish when exposed to oxygen, which leaves a dark, black buildup. To combat this, you can store silver jewelry in an airtight plastic zip lock bag.
- To slow down the tarnishing process, there are tarnish prevention strips you can purchase and store with your silver jewelry.
- Regular polishing will easily remove the tarnish. You can purchase a silver polishing cloth at Dondero’s. Silver jewelry should be brought into our shop annually for cleaning and to remove tarnish.
Dondero Diamonds and Fine Jewelry is a full-service fine jewelry store specializing in engagement rings and wedding bands, loose diamonds, custom-made one-of- a-kind jewelry and engagement rings, diamond and gemstone jewelry, and jewelry repair. Dondero’s offers fine jewelry at the most affordable prices, and carries a huge selection of bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings, and watches by MOVADO and CITIZEN.
Since 1948, Dondero’s has been family owned and operated in Vineland, New Jersey. Owners Kevin Kleiner and Ken Dondero, along with their entire staff, share this philosophy:
“Everything we do is for the benefit of our customers and no job or sale is any more or less important than any other”. It is our commitment to this philosophy that has allowed us to grow over the years. Our customers expect us to “do it all”, and to do it better than anyone else. This is what we strive for every day we open our doors. This is who we are.”