Maintenance of jewellery

Maintenance of jewellery

If you take care of your jewelery and give it a little extra loving treatment from time to time, it will give you a lot of joy year after year. Here we give you tips on how to maintain your jewelery in the best possible way.

Gold jewelry

Yellow gold jewelery is durable and easy to keep looking good. Scratches don't seem so easy.
After a long period of use, they appear with a great patina. Wash and clean you can carry out yourself. Wash the jewelery in warm soapy water with a drop of white vinegar added, or use a special agent that you can buy from the jeweller. Use a soft toothbrush to
get to all places. Rinse in clean water and dry well, preferably with a hairdryer.
If the jewelery is particularly dirty or scratched, a visit to the jeweler may be advisable. Here
the jewelery is cleaned using ultrasound and can be polished if necessary.
In exposed places, wear and tear will occur on the jewelery over time. Links in chains and bracelets, and rings are usually most exposed. Also check that the spring (back piece) on the earring is tight. You can easily tighten these yourself by using a small pair of pliers, or let a jeweler help you.

Gold jewelery with stones - real or synthetic must be treated in the same way as gold.

White gold is yellow gold mixed with the white metal palladium. White gold is quite yellow in colour, and to get the glossy shiny surface, jewelery is plated with rhodium. When this coating eventually wears off, the jewelery becomes slightly yellow or greyish. The jewelery then needs a "refreshment". Take your piece to the jeweler for rhodium plating and it will once again shine like when it was new.
Gold jewelery with stones
Gold jewelery with stones – real or synthetic – must be treated in the same way as gold. Please note that porous stones such as turquoise, lapis lazuli, opal, coral and amber do not tolerate soap or vinegar. Instead, they should be wiped with a clean and soft cloth. Note that some stones and pearls are glued on and may come loose with use
of too hot water.

Diamond jewelry

Diamonds are among the hardest minerals available, and it is practically impossible to get scratches in a diamond. Creams and soap products, on the other hand, will form a coating and make the diamond dull. You can avoid this by taking off your diamond jewelery when you shower and wash your hands. Also, avoid using your diamond jewelry with strong chemicals and store the jewelry so that they do not rub against each other. Then you avoid streaks and wear in the gold around the diamond. It is important that Arven or another jeweler service your jewelery at regular intervals. We make sure that all claws are intact and that diamonds sit properly. Diamonds can fall out if the setting is worn. Diamond jewelery can be washed in the same way as gold jewellery.


Pearls are an organic material and should be used often to maintain their shine. They absorb moisture from the skin and can "dry out" if stored incorrectly. Pearls should be kept dark, separate from other jewelry and preferably wrapped in silk, not cotton.
Wipe the beads after use with a soft, damp and clean cloth. This will prevent cosmetic products from damaging the pearls. If the pearls are particularly dirty, you can buy a pearl cleaner from the jeweller, which cleans the pearls in a gentle way. DO NOT use other chemical agents on pearls.
Take off pearl necklaces for the night, as both string and pearls quickly wear out and get dirty. If you are a diligent wearer of pearl necklaces, the jeweler should look over the necklace once a year, and possibly rethread it. The chain must also be cleaned from time to time.

Silver jewellery

Silver jewelery that has dulled and darkened can be cleaned in the same way as gold. However, untreated silver will darken over time. It reacts with, among other things, sulfur in the air and tarnishes (oxidises). Then washing will not be sufficient, and special agents will be needed. There are a number of different polishing agents available to buy, all of which are easy to use. Be careful not to use strong cleaning agents on jewelery that has oxidized (dark) parts. Ask us for advice, or at your local jeweller.