Victorian Engagement Ring in Rose Gold with old mine-cut diamonds
Many of us have vintage and antique jewelry that is of the more expensive type. They may be pieces we've bought for ourselves, been gifted, or inherited from a family member, but they're all investments and fabulous additions to our wardrobes. They're one of a kind and deserve special care to keep them looking pristine and in good condition.
|vintage engagement ring with 1.35 ct natural Burma Ruby, circa 1970's|
I asked Flashback Summer sponsor VintageDiamondRing.com to share their top five tips for caring for these precious pieces, and this was their advice:
1. Do the basics to take care of your jewelry.
Take your pieces to a jeweler to be inspected, cleaned, and repaired if necessary. Try to find a jeweler that has experience with vintage and antique jewelry to routinely check them.
2. Store your fine jewelry away from plastics.
Gems are harder than plastics and might scratch them if bumped against each other. To keep your celluloid and bakelite safe and shiny, store them separately from your nicer pieces.
|1940s old mine cut diamond engagement ring in yellow and white gold|
3. Don't wear your vintage and antique pieces during rough or dirty activities.
This one is kind of a no-brainer, but avoid wearing your rings and jewelry during gardening, working out, or other rough times to prevent dirt, damage, and general wear and tear.
4. Store different gemstones in different places.
Rings with emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and semiprecious stones such as aquamarines and garnets are softer than diamond rings. If they come in constant contact (such as from being loose in a jewelry box drawer), they may rub on each other and get scratched.
|Art Deco ring with French cut diamonds and square cut Kashmir sapphires, circa 1930's|
5. Seriously consider whether or not to polish antique and vintage rings.
Especially when it comes to antique rings, a patina has built up over the years. Polishing destroys this patina. Consider whether you really want your pieces with character to look new, or whether you want them to retain the aged look we love in older pieces.
Vintage and antique jewelry is special and irreplaceable. Especially if the piece has sentimental ties to family members, an engagement, or other significant life event, it's important to take good care of these pieces for future generations to enjoy.
|antique Art Deco ring with .70 old European cut diamond in platinum, circa 1920's|
I know I'll be following this advice when taking care of my few pieces of fine jewelry like my wedding ring and two of my grandmother's rings! Not to mention... I went to VintageDiamondRing.com and drooled for a while... and sent my husband the link. You know, for future reference.
Do you have any special jewelry pieces? Do you have any tips for taking care of or storing them that you've found useful?