Jewelry Care Guidelines: Preserving and Protecting Your Precious Orofortuna Jewelry
To ensure the longevity and beauty of your precious Orofortuna jewelry, following the Jewelry Care Guidelines is essential. By skillfully employing these instructions, you can maintain your jewelry’s brilliance while safeguarding it for years to come.
Gold Jewelry Care Guidelines:
Our 18K white gold jewelry is coated with a layer of rhodium, providing a bright white finish. Over time, the rhodium plating may wear off, revealing the natural yellowish-white tone of the metal. If desired, you can have your jewelry professionally re-plated by contacting Orofortuna Jewellery. Restoring its original luster is possible with this option.
Black rhodium plating is also available for select products. Regular refinishing is recommended to maintain its appearance.
Due to its iron-based composition, meteorite jewelry requires special care. Our skilled jewelers have applied a protective layer to shield the material from moisture. However, this layer may wear away over time due to natural wear and tear. Therefore, it is crucial to treat your meteorite ring with special attention.
– Keep your meteorite ring away from moisture by removing it during activities such as dishwashing, swimming, or water-exposing tasks.
– Store your ring in an air-tight container when not in use to prevent moisture and dust buildup.
– Avoid exposing the ring to harsh chemicals like hairspray, makeup, or body lotion.
To prevent rusting, regular waxing or oiling of your meteorite ring is recommended. If you notice any signs of rust, try the following cleaning methods:
Cleaning Method 1: Soak the Ring in Alcohol
- Place the meteorite ring in a small bowl of rubbing alcohol. Allow it to soak for 30 minutes, periodically gently scrubbing the meteorite with a toothbrush.
- Let the ring dry on a paper towel or cloth, and then air dry for at least 20 minutes. The alcohol will evaporate on its own.
- Finally, seal the meteorite with oil. Gently scrub the meteorite with a dry toothbrush and a small amount of gunmetal oil. Remove excess oil with a clean, dry paper towel or cloth.
Cleaning Method 2: Use a Lubricant like WD-40
- Spray a thin layer of WD-40 on a soft cloth or use a jewelry polishing cloth to thoroughly wipe your ring.
- Gently scrub any rusted areas with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Leave a slight residue of the WD-40 or jewelry polishing cloth on the ring and let it absorb overnight.
- After letting it sit overnight, rub a thin layer of ring wax onto the meteorite to provide additional protection.
Tantalum Jewelry Care Guidelines:
To clean tantalum jewelry, dampen a soft cloth with warm water and detergent-free soap. Gently rub the jewelry, ensuring proper rinsing. When not wearing it, store your tantalum pieces in a soft cloth bag or ring box to protect them from daily exposure.
Forged Carbon and Titanium:
During activities that may subject your titanium jewelry to abrasions or hard knocks, it is advisable to remove them. To clean your titanium piece:
– Create a mixture of warm water and a few drops of mild detergent (such as hand soap).
– Dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and scrub the jewelry’s surface to remove dirt and oil.
– Use a cotton swab to clean hard-to-reach grooves.
– Avoid using abrasive cleaners, steamers, or ultrasonic machines.
With daily wear, platinum is prone to small scratches, resulting in a matte appearance. You have the option to have the platinum surface professionally repolished to restore its reflective polish if desired.
Silver Jewelry Care Guidelines:
Sterling silver jewelry may tarnish or dull due to exposure to humidity. Store your silver in an air-tight container whenever possible. To remove tarnish and maintain brightness, gently rub the piece with a silver jewelry cleaning cloth. Rinse thoroughly in warm water and dry carefully. For extensive tarnish, use a liquid silver cleaner or seek assistance from a jeweler. Avoid chlorine and bleach as they accelerate tarnishing.
To care for your vermeil pieces, remove them before activities like showering, swimming, sweating, or contact with hard surfaces. Remove vermeil jewelry before applying makeup, lotion, perfume, or hand sanitizer. Store them to prevent rubbing against hard surfaces. Clean vermeil jewelry by gently wiping it with a soft, dry cloth. Note that Orofortuna Jewellery cannot repair vermeil jewelry at the moment.
Avoid exposing enamel to temperatures exceeding 122 degrees Fahrenheit or strong chemicals like acids, amines, mercaptans, and bases. Minor scratches can be repolished.
Handle and wear emeralds gently. Remove your emerald ring during activities like showering or dishwashing. Avoid cleaning the ring in ultrasonic or steam cleaners, or with acetone. Steer clear of strong soaps, jewelry cleaners, and other cleaners as well. Refrain from wearing your emerald ring alongside other rings or during activities involving pressure or impact. Clean your emerald by using room temperature running water, mild hand soap, and a soft toothbrush. Dry the ring with a soft cotton cloth. Proper care will maintain its natural beauty.
Regularly check your jewelry to ensure secure settings, especially worn-out prongs that can become loose. Professional inspections every six months are recommended, especially after incidents where your jewelry is damaged. These inspections ensure secure gemstones and overall structural integrity.
Pavé setting styles are delicate and require proper care for longevity. Avoid wearing jewelry in conditions where friction or abrasion may wear down the metal beads holding the stones. Refrain from applying strong pressure or scratching pavé settings. Regularly inspect pavé-set jewelry every six months, especially after damage or scratches, to identify loose stones. Lost pavé-set gemstones can be replaced for a fee. Orofortuna Jewellery offers this service, complimentary with the purchase of an Orofortuna Extended Service Plan. Contact for terms and conditions.
Obtaining a comprehensive insurance policy is strongly recommended to cover your fine jewelry against theft, loss, and potential damage during daily wear. Add jewelry to your existing homeowner or rental insurance policies or opt for a standalone policy from companies like Lavalier.
Protect your jewelry by avoiding impact against hard surfaces during sports or manual tasks. Even diamonds can chip with enough force or at the right angle. Keep jewelry away from abrasive surfaces, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, perfumes, cosmetics, and household chemicals. Refrain from wearing rings during activities involving gripping hard objects, as pressure may cause delicate metal rings to bend or break.
Home & Professional Cleaning:
Air pollution, dirt, and daily wear can dull your jewelry’s surface and diminish gemstone brilliance. Professional cleanings are recommended at least once a year, depending on wear frequency. Between professional cleanings, you can use Orofortuna Jewellery’s gem & jewelry cleaner or create a mild solution using six parts water and one part ammonia. Apply it with a soft bristle brush, rinse with lukewarm water, and dry with a soft cloth. Avoid ultrasonic cleaning at home, as it can loosen gemstones. Pearl and emerald jewelry require special care and should be cleaned differently. Pearls and emeralds can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution, then allowed to dry. Dry pearls can be wiped with a soft, lint-free cloth.
By following these Jewelry Care Guidelines, you can ensure the longevity and beauty of your precious Orofortuna jewelry. Proper care and attention will preserve and protect your jewelry for years to come, maintaining its ethical brilliance. If you require assistance with any specific care instructions or services like rhodium plating or gemstone replacement, please contact Orofortuna Jewellery.