Yax Jewelers

Diamonds and Fine Jewelery Since 1917


Diamond Jewelry Care


     Use either a mix of ammonia and water or a commercial jewelry cleaner to clean your diamond jewelry. Gently dip your jewelry into the cleaning solution and use only a soft brush to clean underneath the setting.


     Diamonds can scratch your other jewelry. We recommend you keep your diamond jewelry in a lined case or jewelry box with dividers. Even though diamonds are extremely hard, they can be chipped if given a hard blow. Do not wear your diamond jewelry when doing rough work or when using chlorine bleach or other chemicals. Some chemicals can pit and discolor the mounting. Have Yax Jewelers professionally clean and check your diamond jewelry at least once a year for loose prongs and wear.


Pearl Jewelry Care


     Clean your pearl jewelry with mild soap and water when you take it off. Traces of perfume, hair spray, or any acid-based cosmetics should be removed, as these can cause damage to the pearl's nacre. We recommend you wrap them in tissue or keep them in a chamois bag, as pearls are susceptible to scratches by other jewelry. Remember that pearls are the only organic jewels and are considered a gemstone. Treat them gently. Have Yax Jewelers professionally clean and check your pearl jewelry at least once a year. Pearl strands may need restringing.


Gemstone Jewelry Care


     Discuss with your jeweler how to care for your particular gemstone jewelry. Some jewelry is suited to home cleaning with a mild soap and a soft brush. Other jewelry should be wiped clean with a soft cloth to remove cosmetics or perspiration, and professionally cleaned every six months by your jeweler. Store all gemstone jewelry so that they do not touch each other. Certain gemstones are harder and can cause scratches to other softer gemstones.


     Your jewelry should be the last item you put on, after makeup, hair spray or perfume. All of these leave a residue on your jewelry. Do not wear gemstone jewelry when doing rough work, when exposed to salt water or using chemicals, especially chlorine bleach. Have Yax Jewelers check your gemstone jewelry at least once a year for wear or damage.


Gold Jewelry Care


     Clean your gold jewelry with mild soap and water and a soft brush. Keep your gold from contact with chlorine. Repeated exposure to chlorine will damage the integrity of your gold jewelry, causing breakage. Dry and polish jewelry with a chamois or soft cloth after cleaning. Gold can be scratched easily, so store it in a lined case or jewelry box with dividers. Yax Jewelers can professionally steam-clean and check your gold jewelry for damage and wear.


Platinum Jewelry Care


     Clean your platinum jewelry with mild soap and water and a soft brush, just as would clean gold. Even though platinum is one of the hardest metals and very durable, it does scratch. Your Yax Jewelers jeweler can re-polish your platinum jewelry to eliminate any visible scratches. Store all platinum jewelry so that they do not touch each other. Have Yax Jewelers professionally steam-clean and check your platinum jewelry once a year for damage and wear.


Sterling Silver Jewelry Care


     Sterling silver jewelry should be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution, allowing the water to bead up, then patting dry with a soft cloth. Do not dry silver with paper or tissue. These can cause scratches. As with other jewelry, do not allow contact with chlorine or other chemicals. Store your silver in a cool, dry place away from light, which causes tarnishing. Keep the jewelry from touching each other to avoid scratches.