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Gem and Jewelry Care

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Are you paying enough attention to the care of your precious gemstones and jewelry?  Unfortunately, most people overlook the proper care of their jewelry, resulting in unnecessary devaluation. While specific cleaning techniques exist for different gemstone varieties, some basic tips include:

For its protection, always remove your jewelry when engaging in activities where there is a risk of impact or exposure to chemicals (e.g. sports or housework). If you cannot remove your rings when using strong cleaning products (i.e. Ammonia based), protect your jewelry (and your skin) by wearing rubber gloves. While rings and bracelets are most affected by daily wear, earrings, necklaces and even pendants are subject to chemical damage, especially if worn while make-up, fragrances and hair products are applied.

If you own pearl or bead necklaces, you should have a jeweler restring them at least every two years (or annually if you wear them frequently).  Try not to remove your jewelry by pulling on their gemstones. Apart from exposing the stones to sweat, oil and dirt, you also risk loosening the gemstones in their settings. 

Always check for loose gemstones and clasps before wearing your jewelry. 

To avoid your gemstones and metal jewelry scratching each other, never store your jewelry in piles. Alternatively, store them in separate sections of a jewelry box or wrap them separately in velvet, paper or silk.  While some specific cleaning tips for the more common gem varieties are listed below, the safest method of cleaning most jewelry is to use a mild warm soapy water solution and a soft brush, patting dry with a soft cloth.

Sleeping - Please, do not ever sleep while wearing your fine jewelry. Sleeping with jewelry on is the biggest cause of loosing stones.  As you toss and turn, you will not notice when your "prongs" get snagged on sheets and clothing. You will subconciously tug and tug on the sheet, which bends the prong(s) allowing movement of the stone(s).  Gold is a soft, precious metal, it does not take much effort to bend prongs enough to allow a stone to fall out of the setting.

Water - Please do not wear your fine jewelry in water.  Swimming, showers, hot tubs, we don't recommend jewelry be exposed to water.  Jewelry should be treated with care.  When getting dressed, put your jewelry on last. At the end of the day, take your jewelry off first. Store your jewelry in a cloth-lined box or pouch and keep it away from other jewelry, which might scratch them.

Chemicals - Do not wear your jewelry while cleaning anything.  It will deteriorate the gold or precious metal, cleaning materials can ruin fabulous jewelry for a lifetime!

Enamel Jewelry

If you are purchasing enamel charms that will be soldered onto a charm bracelet, please make sure your jeweler attaches the item with caution. Just as some gemstones are sensitive to heat, enamel can be sensitive to heat and when not handled with care may be damaged.
Standard Gemstone Treatments.

We sell many types of gemstones. From rough stones that have been polished to color-enhanced diamonds. Many of the treatments are regulated by the FTC. Definitions of them are listed below. If you have any questions about the jewelry you are purchasing from us, please contact us

Assembled: the tag code for products made of multiple layers or combinations of manufactured and/or natural materials fused, bonded or otherwise joined together to increase stability and/or imitate the apperance of a natural gemstone, create a unique design or generate unusual color combinations

Bleaching: The use of chemicals or other agents to lighten or remove a gemstone's color. Coating: The use of such surface enhancements as lacquering, enameling, inking, foiling, or sputtering of films to improve appearance, provide color or add other special effects.

Dyeing: The introduction of coloring matter into a gemstone to give it new color, intensify present color or improve color uniformity. Enhanced: Many stones are enhanced for color. It is a permanent process routinely done.

Filling: As a by-product of heat enhancement, the presence of solidified borax or similar colorless substances which are visible under properly illuminated 10X magnification. Gamma/Electron irradiation: The use of gamma and/or electron bombardment to alter a gemstone's color ; may be followed by a heating process.

Heating: The use of heat to effect desired alteration of color, clarity, and /or phenomena. (Residue of foreign substances in open fractures is not visible under properly illuminated 10X magnification.

Infilling: The intentional filling of surface breaking cavities or fractures usually with glass, plastic, opticon with hardeners and/or other hardened foreign substances to improve durability, appearance and/or weight. Imitation stones are man-made stones.

Lasering: The use of a laser and chemicals to reach and alter inclusion in diamonds. None: some stones have NO treatment. Oiling/Resin Infusion: The intentional filling of surface breaking cavities of a colorless oil, wax, natural resin, or unhardened man-made material into fissured transparent/translucent gemstones to improve appearance. (i.e., oil, man-made resin, cedar wood oil, Canada balsam, paraffin, etc.)

Irradiation: The use of neutron, requiring an environmental safety release from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), with the combination of any other bombardment and/or heat treatment to alter a gemstone's color.

Bonding: The use of a colorless bonding agent (commonly plastic) within a porous gemstone to give it durability and improve appearance.

Synthetic: gems that are "lab" or synthetic have the same properties as natural gems but are grown in labratory conditions.

Diffusion: The use of chemicals in conjunction with high temperatures to produce color and/or asterism-producing inclusions.
Buying Gold Jewelry.

Jewelry is a precious item and should be treated with care

All of our jewelry meets the requirements set forth by the National Gold and Silver Stamping Act and the FTC. With the increased popularity of white gold we have found it necessary to reinforce the fact that gold, in nature, is yellow. It is alloyed to make it different colors (pink, rose, green or white).

All of the white gold or silver looking jewelry on our site is typically rhodium plated. All of our stamped jewelry (10k, 14k, 18k or higher) meets both the FTC and National Gold and Silver Stamping Act regulations. If the item is stamped or stated to be 14k gold, it is 14k gold. It if is a 14k white gold item, please note that white gold is an alloy of gold and contains some white metals such as nickel, silver and palladium. White gold can be 18k, 14k, 10k or any karay. 18 karat white gold is made by mixing 75% gold with 25% other metals such as nickel, silver and palladium. So the amount of gold is the same, but the alloy is different. White gold is by practice rhodium plated. It may not be disclosed that an item has been rhodium plated. Why? Because the piece, by weight and fineness (18k, 14k, 10k, etc) is gold. The plating, while adding to the look of the piece, does not change the quality of the piece. It only prolongs how long the white will look white. Again, white gold does not exist in nature, it is an alloy of yellow gold. To keep a white gold ring looking its best it should be re-rhodium plated approximately once a year. If the wearer has a high acid content in their body chemistry, or wears cosmetics or lotions or uses soaps with metallic oxides, it may have to be plated more frequently.

Some items on our site may not be rhodium plated, the white gold will have a yellower appearance than rhodium plated items. However, again, most items are rhodium plated. If you truly want a white look, the only way to do so is to buy platinum which will be white forever. If you have a question about a particular item contact us first (
Are ALL items stamped? Not necessarily.

A client had a good question.. are all our items stamped? Most of the charms are marked either 14k or 585 (marking for 14k). Some of our custom made charms like our BE Ribbon line are not marked as they are custom made. Also some of the charms that are very detailed or enameled all the way around are marked on the bail of the charm. Some of our customers choose a split ring option so they can put it on their charm bracelets so the bails are removed (thus the marking removed).

Our silver charms are usually marked .925 which is the sterling silver symbol. Some of the same applies for those.

Also, we sell many custom made earring jackets. These are 14k (or SS) and may not be marked as they are from our custom line.

Our Standard Policies are subject to change due to legal or other requirements or at the discretion of Generous Gems owners. The information contained in this site is copyright protected. It may not be used without prior written consent from Generous Gems or its partner companies. The designs in this site are also trademark protected. Under trademark law designs that come close to, or are deliberate imitations to or similiarities of the use and design of our designs and images infringes on trademark law and may be prosecuted in court. LBK Limited, LLC. 

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