Whilst Diamonds are the hardest natural material on Earth, this does not mean that are indestructible. Even though they can take a fair bit of abuse from wear and tear - they can still be scratch, chipped or broken.
The same applies for all other gems (Moissanite, Sapphire etc). We recommend the following tips to best care for your ring and protecting your stone/metals from detrimental damage.
First ensure it is a perfect fit. If the ring is too loose, then it is likely to spin/move and possibly misshapen or knocked as a result. Bent rings are also more prone to losing stones, especially if the claws/metal has been damaged.
Be aware of your surroundings and what surfaces your ring has contact with. Over the lifetime of a ring, it is inevitable that it will scratch however we recommend to be very mindful of the environment your ring is in . Gardening work, lifting weights/heavy objects, putting away the dishes etc will cause more surface wear than standard every-day wear so it is best to remove during such activities. Pavé settings/pointy claws are also more likely to snag or catch on certain materials extra precaution should be taken to ensure the setting retains its integrity.
Wearing your Louise Jean pieces every day, as intended, can lead to dirt accumulation, that’s just life. Since much of the jewellery we wear has sentimental value, it’s worth putting in a little time and effort to maintain its sparkle. Cleaning from time to time will remove the buildup of oil and dirt and will keep it looking as good as the day you got it. So how can you keep your Louise Jean jewellery looking its very best? Here are some tips to keep your jewellery sparkling.
The first step is preventative maintenance. Making sure your jewellery fits perfectly helps to avoid any unnecessary handling. When jewellery is handled, the oils from your fingers adhere to the surface and affect its appearance. If you feel your ring is spinning and moving Louise Jean can help make sure your ring is the correct size. Showering with your ring, applying creams and tanning lotions or washing hands frequently create a film on your jewellery. This also goes for applying makeup with your fingers while your ring is on, cooking, etc. Essentially anything touching the ring can add to the dirt. Thankfully removing dirt buildup is simple and can easily be done at home with a few simple items you probably have laying around the house. A simple plan to keep your jewellery looking beautiful is to soak it in a mild degreasing solution, once or twice a week. We have created a more detailed cleaning guide here.
There are some significant differences you may not know about gold that will affect the overall look and durability of your jewellery. In its purest form, gold is incredibly soft; this is not ideal for jewellery for everyday wear. A solution for jewellers was to alloy gold with other metals to increase its strength and resistance. The purity of gold is measured in Karats with 24 Karat gold being the purest. Karats are units of measurement that indicate the percentage of pure gold in your jewellery. Be sure you don’t get confused with the term Carat (pronounced the same) which is a unit of measurement for the weight of gemstones. At Louise Jean, we have chosen to work with 14K and 18K metals as they offer the perfect balance between strength and purity. While 9K is an economical option for jewellery, it only contains less than half pure 24K gold content and can tarnish on those with reactive skin (due to it's higher silver/alloy content). Exposure to chemicals and perspiration can mean your 9K jewellery may appear dull or discoloured - making it less ideal for everyday wear. 9K is sometimes opted for in Male Wedding bands for a softer appearance.
We no longer use a gold plate, gold vermeil or gold fill in any of our pieces. Our intention to create quality and forever jewellery does not align with these gold options. We encourage you to make intentional & ethical choices when purchasing your gold jewellery.