care and cleaning


Fine Jewelry 101

Posted by Angeline Weiss on

Fine jewelry consists of a word fine for a reason. This post is to ensure an understanding of what’s truly required to prolong your piece's lifetime outside of the obvious. 

Not every piece of jewelry is made equal. With attention to details from a design standpoint, we want to ensure that the design is equally appropriate for clients' lifestyles. Not to mention that rings and bands take the biggest amount of abuse, as we use our hands the most!

Even the most durable stone settings are only durable to a degree. Therefore, we take a look at several factors, considering each one noteworthy, when deciding upon how practical your ring will be for daily wear and your level of activity. Although don't dwell entirely on durability - many people love the look of a dainty piece, so being sensible is the key. Find a balance, but consider some important factors that will best suit YOU!

Care must be taken with any piece of fine diamond jewelry. Only a few pieces (if any) will withstand regular abuse when knocked and scraped. Jewelry withstanding heavy wear will show abuse and neglect through scuffs, scrapes and gouges by a naked eye or under a loupe. The prongs will become loose due to excessive force and forgetting to practice simple mindfulness. This is because gold is malleable, and should be treated with this in mind.

Our Fera family of bands is a favorite for a reason - whether large, super, or our perfectly dainty original, she can soften any look with her incredible marquise diamonds. Part of what gives these bands their floating-like appearance and diamond forward feel is their shared prong design. They seem to almost defy gravity, perfectly balancing all in a row. This is because each one of the Diamonds is held in place by two shared prongs, contrary to most traditional four prong, pave, bezel or channel setting.

Other examples of current shared prong favorites include our Meryl Band, Misa Band, Ruet Band, and any other piece with a description of such. 

Gorgeous, right? Although they are not for everyone, as these shared prong beauties do require some extra care and love. If even one prong becomes loose or if the band is bent out of shape, because of its domino-like effect, you are immediately at higher risk of losing one of your very precious diamonds! But not to worry - all you need to do is follow these simple guidelines along with being mindful.

  1. Treat her with love! We recommend taking off all of your fine jewelry before bedtime, before exercising, or before doing any strenuous activity that requires your lovely hands. It doesn’t necessarily always require a strong force to harm jewelry, sometimes the right force at just the right angle can be just as harmful. Be mindful of this when reaching into your purse, wrapping the dog leash around your hand, or making one trip carrying all of your reusable grocery bags in at once. We’ve done this before and learned the HARD way.
  2. Six month check ups - aka “jewelry oil changes.” This is crucial to the longevity of your pieces! We recommend bringing in your jewels to either us or a local jeweler twice a year for a quick tune up. We will examine the piece to ensure all prongs are secure and tight, and that the piece is in tip-top condition. Not to mention a nice deep clean - this goes a long way in preserving your pieces.
  3. Pay attention and listen! Your jewels may be trying to tell you something. If a stone were to become loose, you will be able to tell by tapping on the stone with your fingernail. You will be able to feel it move slightly. Additionally, if you shake the piece lightly next to your ear, you will be able to hear a faint rattling sound. It is time to take your piece in right away if you were to see or hear these very important warning signs!
  4. All rings should be a perfect circle. Because gold is naturally soft, it can be prone to warping over time. If force is applied, this can also alter the shape of your ring or band. Because each of the stones is held together by perfect pressure being applied, when the shape of the band is altered, this can cause the stone setting to expand and open up more, releasing the stones. It’s simple physics, really! 
  5. The right size is crucial. If the band is too big, it is more prone to damages. This is because it can spin or catch more easily on things and bend out of shape, which in return quickly loosens the settings. Think of your finger as the most perfect canvas. In order for it to do its job, the ring needs to be correctly sized. If you are unsure of your size, we recommend confirming with us or a local jewelry store. 

We hope to enlighten all of our clients with these simple facts. Taking into account these wear techniques is crucial when selecting the right piece for your lifestyle! In addition, we recommend insuring your pieces always through your homeowners or renters insurance. Especially if you are a rule breaker by nature!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to us at support@kasiajewelry.com.

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Your Guide to At-Home Cleaning

Posted by Angeline Weiss on

There’s nothing like the way your brand new Kasia Jewelry piece sparkles and shines straight out of the box! Be it a Diamond, Emerald, Aquamarine, Onyx, or other precious stone, a polished and pristine gem can truly make your heart skip a beat. 

In order to ensure your piece lasts many lifetimes and becomes a true heirloom, you must take the proper steps to care for it! It starts with cleaning and regular check ups. 

So, how can you keep it looking as good as new in between professional cleanings?

Traditional jewelry cleaners can often be too harsh on the metal and stone. We recommend keeping it simple. All you need are these three ingredients:

Warm Water
Mild Soap
Soft Toothbrush

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Step 1: Plug the drain! (For obvious reasons.)
Step 2: Apply soap and water to the toothbrush. 
Step 3: Delicately brush away dirt and fingerprints. Be sure to get under your center stone (that’s where the real shine comes from) and in between settings.

As you clean your pieces, this is the perfect time to inspect for any potential loose stones or not-so-tight prongs. Tap on the stone(s) and listen for any faint sounds. You can also lightly shake the piece next to your ear. If there are any loose stones, you will hear a faint clinging noise.

We do so many things with our hands: reaching into the dark abyss that is our purse, lifting heavy weights, giving our newest plant baby a home in the soil, or scrubbing the sink sparkling clean, and these are just a few to name. What the majority of the jewelry industry doesn’t tell you is that all of this can really take a toll on your fine jewelry pieces! It is not everyone's standard to inform their clients of this, however we feel it is so important to educate our clients on how to properly wear the pieces they have such a deep connection to. 

In order to ensure all stones stay intact, and that the structure of your pieces stay as strong as they were designed, we recommend bringing in your pieces for what we like to call an “oil change” every 6 months. Our design team will thoroughly examine your piece, and check for any potential damage waiting to happen! This is the true secret to keeping your pieces in new condition for years to come. We will also give it a deep clean in one of our ultrasonics and return the clean & shiny piece back within 7 days. 

Schedule your six month check up by following this link, and please do not hesitate to reach out to support@kasiajewelry.com with any questions you may have relating to proper care. 
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Proper Care and Cleaning

Posted by Angeline Weiss on

Now that you own a piece (or two) from the Kasia Jewelry collection, we want you to wear it for years to come. Fine jewelry is just that- fine jewelry. Properly caring for and cleaning your jewelry, especially those pieces with precious stones, is vital to your piece’s longevity and overall daily appearance. It requires consistent care in order to maintain the metal longevity, prevent avoidable damage to your stone or setting, and to avoid buildup, causing a dirty or cloudy appearance. Here are a few simple steps you can take to keep your jewelry looking like new!

Proper Wear

It starts from your fingers! Be mindful of wearing rings right next to one another, where fingers may rub against each other! 

Gold is a very soft metal, and the higher the karat (meaning the purer the gold), the more vulnerable a gold piece is to nicks, scratches, and even warping. We recommend removing your precious jewelry before any activity that can harm the metal, most importantly the prongs or the stone(s). Exercising, gardening, showering, sleeping, moving boxes, etc. are just a few activities to name that can harm the integrity of your piece. 

Chemicals

Remove all jewelry before being exposed to chemicals of any kind, including cleaning chemicals, lotions, soaps, and makeup. This keeps your jewelry free from harsh chemicals that can damage the metal causing mild erosion, and also prevents your precious stones from collecting grease and oils that can cloud its appearance and brilliance. Diamonds in particular attract oils from our fingers which can cause a cloudy appearance, so it is important to not directly touch your diamond without a soft cleaning cloth. 

Heat and Light 

This damage doesn’t occur too often but it’s something to be mindful of. During the summer months, we tend to bring our jewelry out where it’s sunny and warm. While this doesn’t harm the pieces in small doses, it’s important that when you get home, your jewelry gets to have a reprieve from the bright light and the heat. Too much sunlight can fade gemstones - especially opals, corals, and pearls. Additionally, if it gets hot enough, the metal can easily bend or warp. 

Cleaning

Clean your jewelry regularly using warm water, gentle soap, and a soft toothbrush. If your jewelry does appear dirty, cloudy, or just not sparkling as much as it used to, we recommend using warm water, basic soap (no moisturizing agents) and a soft toothbrush to clean the top, sides, and if possible, the bottom of your stone. Please don’t forget to plug the drain before doing this cleaning. Rinse it off! To dry your pieces, gently pat it with a paper towel. Every once so often we recommend giving your jewelry a professional cleanse.

Storing

Store your jewelry in a soft pouch or padded jewelry box. Different stones have different levels of hardness and can cause damage when rubbed up against each other. Diamond is the hardest precious stone and can scratch or cause damage to any other stone (including other diamonds) and metal. This is why it is important to separate your jewelry, in a soft pouch or case. Each Kasia Jewelry purchase comes with a small pouch to make sure you store your jewelry safely. We also offer specially made, portable pouches with specific segments for rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets to keep pieces where they belong. To purchase one of these beautiful and useful cases, please visit us at our Solana Beach Showroom

“Oil Changes”

Schedule bi-yearly appointments to maintain the condition of the piece. At Kasia Jewelry, we like to refer to this as coming in for a “jewelry oil change”. Jewelry oil changes are a vital part of caring for your jewelry. As stated earlier, even our everyday activities that involve our hands have potential to lift a prong, damage the shape of your ring or even crack your stone if struck hard enough. These changes in your piece may be so subtle that you may not see them with the naked eye, so it is important to bring your piece in every 6 months for a proper inspection personally performed by Kasia. For warranty information on your piece, please visit:

https://kasiajewelry.com/pages/warranty

We hope this information makes you feel at ease and educated on how to care for your growing Kasia Jewelry collection! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to support@kasiajewelry.com.

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