Caring For Your Konstantino Jewelry
Any piece of jewelry will retain its beauty and last longer if properly cared for. Sometimes, simply cleaning a piece of jewelry can make it look like new. Periodic inspection and maintenance of jewelry helps prevent costly repairs or replacements. Look for loose or chipped stones, worn links, bent prongs, or malfunctioning clasps. If a problem is found, the piece should be sent in for repair to prevent more extensive damage or loss.
Konstantino jewelry should only be repaired at our repair centers. Our facilities are designed for Konstantino jewelry, and highly experienced professional jewelers will handle each repair. To find out how to deliver your piece for repair, please contact CustomerService@Konstantino.com.
It is our experience that a jeweler unfamiliar with Konstantino jewelry can do more harm than good. We will repair any piece of our jewelry, but poor craftsmanship by an unauthorized jeweler is considered damage and may add to the cost of the repair.
How to Avoid Damaging Gemstones
Some gemstones are more fragile than others. In general, you can prevent many problems by not exposing gemstones to chemicals such as chlorine, perfumes, lotions, or extreme heat or light, all of which can cause fractures, breakage, and discoloration. Salt water should be avoided, as well.
All gemstones, including diamonds, can chip, scratch, or abrade under the right circumstances. Avoid wearing rings or bracelets while doing any manual labor. Jewelry should be taken off before strenuous activity or during times when it might be subjected to sharp blows or excessive friction.
Store each piece of gemstone jewelry separately in its storage pouch to prevent excessive tarnishing and scratching.
How to Clean Your Konstantino Jewelry
Over time, lotions, powders, soaps, and natural skin oils can make jewelry and gemstones appear dull. Below are some tips for keeping your pieces clean and shiny.
Cleaning Silver Jewelry
Sterling silver tarnishes in the presence of common everyday items. Because many of these substances cannot be completely avoided, it is recommended that sterling silver be routinely wiped down with the Konstantino polishing cloth that came with your merchandise. When not in use, store your jewelry in the pouch that came with it.
To remove heavier tarnish, wash your silver jewelry with warm water and mild soap and a soft cloth or a very soft bristle brush like a baby’s toothbrush. We do not recommend silver polish or dip style cleaning solutions, which will remove the antique oxidation that we intentionally apply to many Konstantino pieces.
Using gentle dish soap, prepare a small bowl of warm suds and soak each piece before brushing with a soft baby’s toothbrush. When clean, transfer jewelry to a strainer, rinse under warm running water, and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Cleaning Jewelry with Gemstones
Gemstones can attract oils and lotions causing them to appear dull. To clean, soak them in a bowl of water with a touch of gentle dish soap. A soft baby’s toothbrush may be used to scrub around and behind the stone. After cleaning, place your jewelry in a strainer and rinse before thoroughly drying with a lint-free cloth.
Cleaning Jewelry with Organic and/or Opaque Gemstones
Never use an ultrasonic cleaner or chemicals (including bleach or ammonia) on organic gems and opaque stones such as Pearls, Opals, Coral, Turquoise, and Lapis Lazuli. They should only be wiped clean with a damp cloth. In addition, avoid contact with hairspray, lotions, and perfumes, which can be absorbed over time, causing discoloration.