Tips to care Platinum Jewelry

>> Thursday, November 27, 2008

Platinum Jewelry is a pleasure to wear. Platinum is Hypo Allergeic. Platinum is more pliable than gold and as such lends itself to a variety of design options that other metals simply do not. Platinum is more durable. Platinum's purity makes it the perfect alloy for people with sensitive skin. Platinum is more pure than gold and has been mixed less metal than other alloys used to create jewelry, it does not cause allergic reactions. People who suffer from allergic reactions when they wear gold jewelry in their ears or who experience rashes on their fingers when wearing gold jewelry should consider platinum.

Most platinum pieces are 95% pure - 950 parts per thousand. You can look for guaranteed quality marks such as 950 Plat, 950Pt, Pt950 or Plat. Some jewelry containing platinum and other group metals is marked with the platinum content and the content of the other metal - 600 Plat. Any jewelry that contains less than 50% pure platinum content cannot be marked as platinum. Platinum jewelry can be purchased from reputed jewelry stores and online shops too. Discerning buyers looking for sophisticated yet fashionable jewelry can opt for the subtle beauty and elegant understatement of platinum jewelry.

1. Store platinum jewelry separate from other jewelry items so that they do not scratch or get scratched by your other jewelry items. Place your jewelry in a jewelry box.

2. Clean your platinum jewelry periodically. This will ensure its fine appearance and will help it last.

3. Clean platinum in the same way you clean other fine jewelry - using a pre-packaged jewelry cleaner or by soaking it in a mild solution of 50% ammonia and 50% warm water and then gently rubbing it with a soft cloth. Note that harsh chemicals such as ammonia should not be used on gemstones other than diamonds because it may damage them .

4. Polish and clean your platinum jewelry by a qualified jeweler twice a year and more often if scratches appear. Remember that all metal can be scratched.

5. Be aware that over time platinum develops a natural patina that many people prefer over the "just polished" appearance of platinum. When this happens to your platinum jewelry you may take it to a jeweler and have the item polished for that "high gloss" look or simply tell them not to remove the patina if that is your preference.

6. Do not wear your platinum or other fine jewelry when doing home cleaning, gardening, or other types of heavy work or manual labor. Jewelry is designed to be decorative, not indestructable.

7. Do not wear your platinum or other fine jewelry when working with bleach or other harsh chemicals. Although the chemicals may not affect the platinum, they may discolor diamonds and other gemstones and can cause an allergic reaction with your skin if trapped between the ring and your finger.

8. Platinum rings or chains can be cleaned with a mild soap water solution and scrubbed with a soft bristle brush.

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