Look After Your ensō
You have purchased a beautiful piece that will be with you for a long time.
Here are some tips and guidelines so that you can keep your ensō piece perfect over time.
How to look after your JEWELRY?
A little love goes a long way! When not wearing your jewelry, be sure to store it in the pouch it came in. Always store your pieces neatly, and separately from other jewelry. Tangled chains are the worst! Be sure to close any clasps before putting your pieces away. This helps prevent scratching and maintain color. Remove your jewelry when applying scents, lotions and sprays.
It’s always best to remove your rings and bracelets before washing your hands. This will keep abrasive chemicals and perfumes away from your jewelry. The same is true for hand lotions. Please remember that chlorine-based cleaning products could harm your jewelry.
Jewelry is constantly exposed to wear and tear. For instance, think of a ring on your hand. How many activities do you perform every day using your hands? Or, wearing a pendant swinging back and forth that could possibly come in contact with other objects or get pulled on? Metal expands and contracts depending on the elements, so how can you keep your jewelry in excellent shape? The most important advice we can give to you is consistently bring in your jewelry at least every six months for a free cleaning and inspection. Then, we can tighten any loose gems and give you a full report on your jewelry’s condition.
When Not to Wear Your Jewelry
A piece of fine jewelry should not be worn during exercise, gardening, washing dishes or lifting heavy objects. Additionally, showering with your jewelry on can dull the gemstones, because soaps or other creams may get caught under the gallery of the piece.
Ultrasonic cleaning is a great option for most jewelry pieces, EXCEPT pieces containing:
These gems are considered fragile and can be easily damaged in an ultrasonic, so always have professionals care for your jewelry.
Gold is perfect for everyday wear because it’s the least reactive metal and won’t oxidize or discolor, so you can stand out and shine all the time, even when you’re exercising. However, it’s still a natural product so keep in mind that it’s normal for scratches to occur from normal wear and tear. Do not apply excessive lotion while wearing and be gentle while putting it on or taking it off.
You can buff your gold pieces pieces gently using a soft cleaning cloth. Take care of your jewelry by scrubbing lightly with a soft-bristled brush, warm water and detergent-free soap. Do not clean with chemicals, abrasives, or solvents and avoid excess temperatures. Buff gently with a clean cloth. Rinsing and setting afterward to ensure there’s no residue.
Diamonds and Gemstones
Gemstones tend to loosen after an extended period of time. This is just caused by normal wear and tear, so it is imperative to have them regularly tightened and secured to avoid a potential loss. If you accidentally hit your jewelry with any degree of force, stop wearing it immediately and have it checked.
Take care to protect your jewelry from impact against hard surfaces and avoid contact with abrasive surfaces. Even a diamond can chip if hit with enough force or at just the right angle. Extreme temperatures, perfumes, cosmetics, ultrasonic cleaning and household chemicals can also damage jewelry.
To clean your diamond jewelry, use a soft toothbrush with dish soap and gently scrub the metal and diamonds. Make sure to rinse away any excess residue!
Irradiated diamonds must not be exposed to direct intense heat, as the color of the diamond will change to its original color.
Most single pearls in jewelry are glued. Therefore, it is vital that they are not exposed to heat, which would alter the color of the pearl and destroy the integrity of the glue that holds the pearl. Avoid abrasive surfaces when wearing a pearl as they will scratch and chip. Clean with warm water and laundry detergent, using a soft toothbrush to gently clean the pearls. Pearl necklaces are strung with silk lines. Single knot stringing between each pearl will keep the necklace intact, but restringing is recommended every 3 to 5 years. Again, clean with warm water and laundry detergent using a soft toothbrush, and lay the necklace flat to air dry.
Engravings are done under a microscope by hand, creating various patterns and finishes according to your request. Engraving can wear over time. To preserve the pattern, avoid bands rubbing against each other as well as abrasive surfaces. Avoiding friction will prolong the engraving on your piece of jewelry. We can also restore engraving back to brand new condition if necessary.
Platinum is the most precious metal in fine jewelry and the strongest for holding gemstones. Platinum will last longer than any other precious metal against wear-ability. Additionally, platinum is hypoallergenic. If you are looking for permanently pure white metal, platinum is the choice for you. Despite these positive attributes, proper care is still necessary. To avoid scratching and dulling, keep the jewelry away from abrasive surfaces, coarse natural stones or other metals. We recommend 900-grade platinum for double the hardness, because 950-grade platinum is very soft.
How to look after your SILK?
Hand-washing is always the best and safest method. You can also dry clean. When hand washing, do it separately. Washing with cold water and shampoo or soap is recommended. Do not tumble dry. Do not squeeze, spread out to dry on a flat surface. Iron on the reverse side when damp.
How to look after your VELVET?
Spot clean with a damped soft cloth. Do not clean embroidery. Store in dust bag or wrapped in soft cloth or muslin. Protect from heat and rain. Should it become wet, dry it immediately with a soft cloth.
How to look after your LEATHER?
Regular and gentle buff with a soft, dry cloth will remove most loose residue and buildup. Every dozen or so uses, moisten a cloth with warm water, and wipe the exterior surfaces with the slightly dampened cloth for a more thorough cleaning. Dry with a towel. Resin is strong but it could break if hit by a hard surface. Please use with caution. It is also not very resistant to high temperatures and extreme sun exposure could cause damage.
Avoid contact with oil and alcohol based substances such as (but not limited to) hand sanitizers, perfume and cologne. Please keep in mind that these are made from natural products. Aging and slight color changes or natural markings that come with usage are also part of nature.
Feel free to contact us if you ever have any questions.