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The following will provide information on how to best care for your jewellery, maintaining its beauty for the years to come.
All rings require care in order to maintain their brilliance, beauty and durability. Rings possessing gemstones such as Diamonds, Coloured Stones, Pearls, etc should be checked regularly to ensure the security of the gemstones within the ring settings, as general wear and tear can cause gemstones to come unfastened within the setting of the ring. Rings with finer settings and bands are more susceptible to have their gemstones come loose due to their fine construction. The shape of settings and bands can be easily distorted as a result of accidental knocks and bumps upon hard surfaces. To prevent damage of your rings and gemstones, we recommend you do not wear them whilst involved in physical activities such as, house work, manual labour, gardening, gym or playing sport.
Gregory Jewellers offer complimentary Ultrasonic cleaning and checking for all Gregory Jewellery. It is recommended to have your jewellery cleaned and checked every 6 months by Gregory Jewellers or as you feel necessary.
EARRINGS AND PENDANTS
Earrings and pendants with gemstones should be checked every 6 months to ensure the gemstones have not come loose within the settings. Earring backing clips, pendant loops and hinges should be checked for disengagement and signs of wear and tear in order to prevent any unexpected loss. All earrings should be ultrasonically cleaned regularly to prevent build up of debris within settings and clips, which may cause infection or discomfort to the ears. It is recommended to wear your earrings and pendants subsequent to applying makeup, hairsprays and perfumes as such products can reduce the polish and erode your gemstones. It is recommended not to wear earrings or pendants whilst playing sport.
CHAINS AND BRACELETS
Chains and bracelets need to be properly maintained in order to avoid any unexpected breakage or damage, particularly with finer chains and bracelets as the links are far more delicate. In order to prolong the life of your chains and bracelets, avoid wearing them whilst performing manual work or physical activity, as they become susceptible to becoming caught.
Perspiration and body acid can deteriorate your fine jewellery quite rapidly and may cause some discolouration. It is recommended to avoid contact with chemicals such as, perfumes, lotions, hair spray, toothpaste, bleach and chlorine as they can stain and tarnish the gold colour. It is recommended to check for signs of wear and tear every 12 months, paying close attention to the clasp. Extra care is required with long length chains as they are prone to becoming caught, causing breakage.
Chains and bracelets crafted utilising higher carat gold, such as 18ct, wear longer and retain their colour and brilliance over a longer period of time, as opposed to lower 9ct, as the content of pure gold is elevated.
Rigid Omega, worm, snake or wire chains do not have the same flexibility as open free link chains; therefore they must be worn moderately to avoid becoming bent or creased as this can cause unrepairable damage. They should not be worn whilst lying down, sleeping or playing sport. Avoid wearing heavy pendants on them as it will distort their shape.
When not worn they should be kept flat with their clasp connected and placed in a flat chain box or a flat pouch to prevent any malformation.
The claw setting is commonly used within rings showcasing a main centre stone. It can also be used for the setting of small side gemstones. It is a very secure setting where the claws fasten over the gemstone edges, holding it firmly in place. It has minimum coverage and allows for maximum visibility of the gemstone. Claws being the most exposed part of the ring are most likely to be affected by wear, therefore require regular checks to ensure they are in good condition and free from, bends, abrasions or cracks. Claws can be bent out from their original alignment if caught or knocked accidentally. Finer claws are more prone to wear and accidental damage in comparison to thicker claws.
Pave is a type of gem setting derived from the French word meaning “Pavement”. It is a setting style referring to the method through which the gemstones are emplaced within a piece of jewellery. This technique involves setting small gemstones very closely, as to allow for little or no metal to be seen between them. Stones are held in place by miniature claws otherwise referred to as ‘beads’.
Due to the delicate nature of this setting, it should be worn with immense care and strenuous physical activity should be avoided.
Micro-pave is the same setting technique as Pave with the exception of being performed under a microscope in order to achieve a finer bead which is almost invisible. It is a setting style which should be worn with the outmost care and is recommended for occasional use only
BEZEL AND SEMI-BEZEL
Bezel setting is the oldest setting in history, derived from the French word “Biseau” Ideally for centre stone settings, Bezel is a style where the gem stone edges are completely encased with metal which offers maximum protection and it is suitable for all gem stone shapes. Semi-Bezel, where two opposite sides of the setting are open, allows greater vision of the gem stone. Bezel tops can wear down subsequent to prolonged use and stones can become loose, therefore they require regular cleaning and checking. Either type is a secure and durable setting, suitable for everyday wear.
CHANNEL AND FLUSH
Channel set gem stones are set level with the surface and are secured by two parallel edges. The channel setting is commonly used for smaller gemstones. It provides maximum protection against wear, however any sharp, sudden blow or alteration of the ring’s shank can damage gem stones and forfeit the durability of the setting.
Flush setting also known as Hammer Set is a technique where the gem stone is set flush with the surface of the jewellery piece without any visible claws. This style of setting is typically reserved for smaller gemstones.
The Invisible setting is a variation of the channel setting used exclusively for square gemstones, which has no visible claws, beads or channels between the gemstones and gives a continuous diamond look. The diamonds are held in place by limited amounts of metal inserted into the pavilion of the diamond which has a very fine groove. Of all the diamond setting styles, the invisible setting would have to be the most difficult for a gem setter to complete. Due to the limited amount of metal inserted into the groove, this setting requires the maximum care and is recommended for occasional wear.
Restoration of this setting technique to its original form may not be possible. All Settings should be checked every 6 months to 1 year to ensure optimum security of your diamond and gem jewellery. Checking of your jewellery can be done at any Gregory Jewellers store. Due to the delicate nature of this setting, Gregory Jewellers cannot guarantee any gemstones will not come loose over time.
Tension setting is the single most exposing setting of diamonds, where by a diamond is suspended by two band ends. It is least commonly used and one of the least safe settings and will require regular checking. This type of setting requires special alloys of metal that are strong enough to create and withstand the necessary pressure to hold the stone firmly. Tension settings are only appropriate for very hard stones such as diamonds. It is not recommended for everyday use.
Diamonds are the hardest natural mineral found, yet they can fragment or fracture if hit with a sharp blow on edges or at the wrong angles. To prevent chipping or cracking your diamonds or causing damage to the settings, do not wear your jewellery if you are doing any laborious work such as house work, gardening, gym or handling any heavy objects. Diamonds are formed naturally from pure carbon and attract ample amounts of oil and grease. You will notice they will quickly reduce their sparkle and their brilliance will be replaced with a foggy appearance, therefore it is recommended to undertake regular ultrasonic cleaning in order to maintain this brilliance and sparkle. Gregory Jewellers offer complimentary Ultrasonic cleaning for all Gregory pieces.
Try to avoid wearing your jewellery in the shower, pool or allowing your diamonds to come into contact with cleaning chemicals such as bleach, soap, chlorine and hand creams, as they may cause an adverse reaction on the metals and leave a cloudy appearance on the diamonds. If your jewellery does come into contact with such chemicals, it is recommended to rinse it off with clean warm water. Avoid extreme temperature changes, such as rinsing diamonds under hot water, followed immediately by cold water or even hot saunas to cold showers, as sudden temperature changes can affect the diamond adversely and cause internal cracking or shattering your diamond.
Diamonds supplied by Gregory Jewellers are purchased from legitimate site holders which are not involved in conflict funding.
Precious and Semi-Precious Coloured Gemstones are natural minerals, however they do not exhibit the resistance and durability of a Diamond, thus becoming much more susceptible to damage. Most coloured gemstones have been treated through radiology and heat as a standardised practise within the jewellery industry, which does not require legal disclosure, in order to enhance their appearance.
Coloured stones should not be continuously exposed to direct heat and sunlight as this may reduce, or alter their overall colour and appearance. Sudden temperature changes should be avoided as this can have adverse effects upon your stones. Gemstones should not be subjected to harsh chemicals, such as bleach, chlorine, detergent, hand creams, perfumes and hair sprays. These chemicals can slowly erode the finish and polish of the gemstones. It is highly recommended to wear your coloured jewellery, following the application of all cosmetics and perfumes. Coloured gemstones require extra care when cleaning as some gems can react to particular cleaning methods such as ultrasonic cleaning or particular cleaning chemicals. It is recommended to have your gemstones jewellery cleaned professionally at Gregory Jewellers.
Gregory Jewellers do not recommend coloured Gemstones for rings which are worn every day. Gemstones such as Natural Emeralds, Tanzanite, Opals and Topaz, which are very brittle, should be worn with extreme care and should not be cleaned in ultrasonics.
Cultured Pearls whether South Sea, Tahitian, Akoya or Fresh Water are all organic and are produced in water from live Oysters and Mussels, but once Pearls are harvested their worst enemy is water. Pearls are constructed by layers of thin calcium nacre applied by the oysters and mussels, making them very brittle and porous. If water penetrates through the drill holes of strands it can eventually destroy the pearls nacre structure layers, altering the shape and colour of the pearl. Strands are usually strung on nylon and silk strings which are resistant to wear but can deteriorate after prolonged use. It is recommended to have your strand restrung every 1 or 2 years in order to avoid unexpected breaking or stretching of the string. Pearl rings, earrings and pendants should also be checked once a year to ensure pearls have not come loose from their settings.
Do not store your pearls away in sealed bags or place under prolonged sunlight or lights as this can cause dehydration, discolouration and damage to the pearl. Cosmetics and cleaning chemicals should not come into contact with your pearls. Your pearls should be worn subsequent to the application of cosmetics and perfumes.
Pearls can be cleaned using a soft jewellery cloth which may be moistened with mild soapy water. Never immerse your pearls in water or place them in an ultrasonic cleaner. After every wear they should be cleaned and packed in their box, away from other jewellery which may easily scratch or damage them.
In its purest form (99.99%), gold is referred to as 24 carat (ct). Pure gold is one of the very few natural metals resistant to acid, rust and discoloration. It always retains its shine and is re-useable but too ductile for jewellery manufacturing. Therefore, it is alloyed to increase its hardness. Commonly, in Australia, gold is alloyed to produce 18ct, consisting of 75% pure gold and 25% other metals and 9ct, consisting of 37.5% pure gold and 62.5% other metals. Other common carats used in international markets are 14ct, 22ct and 24ct. As the cartages of gold increases, so too does its durability and resistance to wear. Gold with lower pure gold content tends to discolour due to oxidisation. Most 9ct and some 18ct, yellow and rose gold jewellery has a gild or light gold plated surface to increase the resistance to discoloration.
WHITE GOLD AND PLATINUM
Gregory Jewellers offers a choice between white gold and platinum metals. White gold is a mixture of pure gold and selected silver coloured metals, creating an alloy which transforms gold from its true yellow colour to the lighter, whiter colour, commonly known as white gold. Depending on the caratage of gold, it will have differing ratios of pure gold content to that of silver coloured metals. All quality white gold jewellery has rhodium plating applied to achieve a harder and whiter surface finish. The rhodium produces a resistant coating against wear and discoloration, however, can wear off over time as jewellery is continuously worn. Re-plating is recommended in order to maintain colour.
Most Gregory Jewellers’ white gold alloy has a high palladium content which is best and most valuable for white gold. Palladium is a rare earth metal mined from the same ore as platinum and rhodium. It shares similar properties to platinum and produces a whiter, white gold as well as a harder, denser white gold.
Platinum on the other hand, in its pure form is a natural white colour metal. While platinum can also be alloyed to lower purity, Gregory Jewellers use a 95% pure platinum mix which is of the highest industry standard. Compared to 18ct white gold, platinum is denser making like for like items heavier in platinum and more resistant to wear and tear. Platinum never requires rhodium plating, but will require polishing if it is to remain bright.
Silver is another precious metal that is used for jewellery. It is usually much less valuable than other precious metals due to its vast mining supply. It has very similar characteristics to Gold and is mined from the same ore. It is usually alloyed to 92.5% for jewellery. Its ductility and hardness makes it very ideal for contemporary jewellery, it can however oxidise to dark colour after use which will require regular cleaning.
Please refer to your manufacturer’s manual for care of your watch.