Diamonds may be the hardest substance on earth, but they are not indestructible. The same goes for other gems as well. A hard blow can cause diamonds and other gems to chip, crack and some gems even to shatter.
Never wear your jewelry when doing rough work. This is so important. You are now the owner of a beautiful handmade Chinchar/Maloney work or art and you want to take care of it. Some examples of activities that are not safe for your jewelry are: gardening, working in the kitchen, cleaning the house, doing outdoor jobs/activities and any heavy lifting work.
Rings in particular tend to collect dust and soap behind the stone, especially if worn daily. To clean diamonds and transparent, crystalline gemstones, soak them in water with some dishwashing soap. If needed, use a soft toothbrush to scrub gently behind the gemstone. Finally, rinse and dry with a clean soft cloth. With opals, avoid strong heat and strong light which can dry opals out over time. Cleaning opals with some diluted dish soap is fine but do not let them soak. Professional cleanings are good occasionally. We're happy to do this for free aside from shipping costs. If it's not us doing the cleaning, please talk to the jeweler who is about the particular gemstone before they use an ultrasonic cleaner.
Store each piece of gemstone/diamond jewelry separately so that harder stones don’t scratch softer ones. Almost every gemstone is much harder than the metal it is set in. Gems can scratch the finish on your gold if you throw your jewelry in a heap in a drawer or jewelry box. For your ChincharMaloney jewelry it is a good idea to wrap them in a piece of cloth or tissue before putting them in the jewelry box.
Regularly inspect your jewelry to make sure the settings and any pave diamonds are secure. All settings can and do weaken over time. Promptly contact us if you notice any signs of damage or loosening of the prongs and wear of mountings. It's a good idea to have your jewelry examined at least once a year by Chinchar/Maloney. We do this for a small fee of $85 where every setting and mounting is checked and tightened. In addition to performing any necessary repair work, we will expertly clean and polish your jewelry at no additional cost. Contact us if you are interested in this service.