Dana Busch on Caring for Your Jewelry
A fine jeweler explains how to care for your jewelry
by Dana Busch
I describe my jewelry as “limited edition works of art for the body” because my jewelry is more than just another accessory. My clients value the attention to craftsmanship and detail, the quality of the materials, and the limited production of each style, knowing the piece they have purchased is a work of art designed to be worn rather than hung on a wall or set on a table.
Dana Busch - Cluster Drop Earrings with Blueberry Azurite and Malachite, Green Tsavorite, Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli & 24Kt Gold Vermeil
The following care instructions are designed to insure your investment in one of my limited edition works of art for the body for many years to come.
- Always store your jewelry in its own box or pouch to prevent it from getting broken, bent, scratched, damaged or tangled with other items.
- In addition to storing your items in their own containers, always keep your jewelry in an arid climate as heat and humidity can damage both gemstones and metals. For this reason you should never store you jewelry in a bathroom where it is routinely subjected to heat, humidity, and damaging chemicals produced by soap, hair products, and cleaning supplies.
- All gemstones should be treated as you would an item made of glass. They are fragile and can easily break or shatter if they come in contact with a hard surface, are dropped, or bump other hard materials.
- Never wear your jewelry while bathing, swimming, cleaning, working-out, or performing any strenuous activity. Do not wear your jewelry to bed.
- Apply all lotions, perfumes, and hair products, including hairsprays first and allow them to dry completely prior to putting on your jewelry. The chemicals and oils in these products can damage both gemstones and metals.
- Never put your jewelry in a jewelry-cleaning machine or submerge it in any kind of jewelry cleaning solution. Instead, gently wipe the surface of your piece with a soft microfiber cloth.
- Due to the delicate nature of the work, jewelry should only be worn in the way it was intended. For instance, necklaces should only be worn as necklaces, etc.
- Rubber earring backs should not be left on the earrings when they are not being worn. Instead, please put the rubber backs in the plastic bag provided to keep them supple. Always twist on and twist off the rubber backs. Never push them on as this may result in a bent or damaged ear wire.
Dana Busch - Cluster Drop Earrings with Copper Mosaic Turquoise, Sugulite, Chrome Diopside, Turquoise, Peridot, Pyrite & 24Kt Gold Vermeil