Care Advice

Jewellery Care

Jewelry requires gentle care to ensure its everlasting beauty. That's why Phioro offers complimentary cleaning and inspection for your fine jewelry once every 18 months. In the meantime, there are a few care and cleaning suggestions that you can use to make certain that your jewelry keeps its sparkle and shine.
Over time, dirt, makeup and other substances can build up on the surface of your jewelry, taking away from its natural beauty. Generally, most jewelry can be cleaned with mild liquid detergent mixed with warm water. (Some exceptions include pearls, emeralds and opal.) It's important to clean your jewelry with a soft brush to prevent any scratches. It is also a good idea to separate your jewelry to avoid nicks and scrapes.

Gold Care

Gold is another metal that needs gentle care. Soap film easily builds on the surface of gold, so it's best to remove your gold jewelry before showering or using household cleaners or chemicals. Chlorine has also been known to weaken gold, causing it to break more easily. Placing your gold jewelry in a solution containing a few drops of ammonia, mild detergent and warm water will bring back its shine. Rubbing alcohol can also be used to remove grease and body oil from gold jewelry.

Pearl Care

Cultured pearls are soft and vulnerable, requiring delicate care in order to maintain their beauty. When getting dressed, cultured pearls should be the last item put on and the first item taken off. Makeup, hairspray, perfume, and other chemicals are very harmful to cultured pearls. They can be gently washed in a mild soap or wiped with a damp cloth to remove daily build up and dirt. They should also be separated from other jewelry to avoid nicks and scratches.
As with any gemstone, it is recommended to have your cultured pearls cleaned and inspected by a professional on a regular basis. Restringing your cultured pearls may be recommended by the jeweler as a result of the inspection.

Coloured Stone Care

Every coloured stone has its unique colors and qualities, and therefore, care is different for each one.
Natural gemstones may have been color and/or clarity treated by: heating (generally); oil/wax/resin (emeralds); diffusion (sapphires, rubies, topaz); or fissure-filled with a glass-like byproduct (rubies, sapphires). Although most treated gemstones are stable, some may require special care in jewelry repair. Our trained professionals are knowledgeable in repairing jewelry that contains treated gemstones. Gemstone jewelry should only be gently cleaned by rinsing in warm water and drying with a soft cloth.
Tanzanite is 6 1/2 on the Moh's Scale, making it a very brittle stone. Delicate washing in warm water with mild soap is suitable, but it should never be exposed to vigorous activity, ultrasonic cleaners and excessive temperatures. Extreme temperatures can actually change the color of some stones.
Also, unlike other color stones, opal is not internally solid but rather gelatinous. It ranks about a six on the hardness scale and is very susceptible to scratches and cracks. Impacts should be avoided as well as ultrasonic cleaners, excessive heat, hot water and steam. It is recommended to clean opals with baby oil or olive oil to prevent them from drying out.
Steam cleaners should also be avoided for garnet, amethyst, peridot, tourmaline and citrine.  

Diamond Care

Diamonds are the hardest minerals known to man, but even they require delicate care. To maintain its brilliance, a diamond should be cleaned regularly. It can be cleaned in a solution of half ammonia and half cold water. Soak your diamond for 30 minutes and dry it with a lint-free cloth. Interestingly, placing your diamond in a glass of plain vodka has also been known to effectively restore its sparkle. Everyday activity can loosen a diamond setting, so be sure to have your diamond jewelry checked every six months.