Care and Maintenance

Wearing Your Fine Jewelry

CHANEL jewelry pieces are created using exceptional gemstones and precious metals selected for their aesthetic quality and rarity.To preserve their brilliance, it is recommended that you handle them with care. By taking a few precautions for use and maintenance, you will be able keep your jewelry in perfect condition for a long time.

The precious stones and metals from which your CHANEL Fine Jewelry is crafted are delicate materials. Choose your piece of jewelry according to your activities.

It is best to avoid wearing your jewelry in the following situations:

  • When washing your hands, in order to prevent soap deposits from slipping into small crevices and tarnishing your piece of jewelry.
  • When doing activities requiring the use of corrosive products (gardening, cleaning, dishwashing, etc.) in order to avoid damaging the stones that adorn your piece of jewelry.
  • When practicing sports, in order to avoid impacts and scratches.
  • It is also best to avoid:

  • Exposing jewelry to strong heat: temperature changes can irreversibly damage precious stones.
  • Putting on perfume and make-up while wearing your jewelry: the chemical ingredients of cosmetics are harmful to certain stones.
  • Storing Your Fine Jewerly

    A piece of jewelry can easily scratch another. It is therefore strongly recommended that you store each piece of jewelry individually in its case or travel pouch.

    Be sure to always close your chain clasp to prevent knots from forming.

    Checking your fine jewelry

    Simple actions allow you to check the condition of your piece of jewelry.

    Before wearing it:

  • Check that closing systems work perfectly.
  • Check that stones are secure. To do so, delicately pass your finger over the stones.
  • If they are moving, our jewelers should adjust the setting.
  • Check that the silk thread of your pearl necklace is not loose.
  • If so, a pearl re-stringing service on a new silk thread is necessary.
  • If there is any doubt, it is recommended you drop off your piece of jewelry at a CHANEL boutique where it will be examined by our jewelry experts.

    Taking Care Fine Jewelry

    To preserve their brilliance, special care must be given to each type of gemstone based on their mineral properties. We recommend that you bring in your fine jewelry every year to a CHANEL boutique. It will be carefully taken care of by our expert jewelers.

    Advice for each type of stone or precious material is further detailed in below.

    • Gold

      To avoid scratches, keep your gold jewelry from rubbing against other set pieces of jewelry. Polishing and rhodium plating can restore white gold to a like-new condition, removing any signs of wear and tear. Do not hesitate to come into a CHANEL boutique to request these services. Clean your gold jewelry with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Platinum

      To avoid scratches, keep your platinum jewelry from rubbing against other set pieces of jewelry. Clean your platinum jewelry with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Ceramic

      As a non-oxidizing material, ceramic is hard to scratch. However, deposits of materials giving the appearance of scratches can form upon contact with other pieces softer than ceramic, such as gold or titanium. A simple cleaning in our workshops can remove these marks. Clean your ceramic jewelry with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Pearls

      Pearl is an organic material which needs to be worn regularly and is very sensitive to chemical substances. In order to preserve its brilliance, avoid putting it in contact with cosmetics that could alter the shine (perfumes, creams, etc.). Store your pearl jewelry in its original case, away from other pieces of jewelry and covered with a soft cloth in a humid place. To humidify the air, you can also put a small glass of water close to your piece of jewelry. Clean with a damp soft cloth.

    • Diamond

      A diamond can only be scratched by another diamond, but it can easily scratch every other metal or stone with which it comes into contact. In order to avoid scratching, it is recommended not to wear multiple pieces of jewelry on the same finger or wrist. Despite its hardness, the diamond remains a delicate stone, likely to break in the event of a strong impact. Clean your diamond with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Emerald

      Since it is particularly sensitive to temperature changes, avoid exposing your emerald to thermal shocks or extreme heat sources. Emerald is a delicate stone. It requires particular care, only available through our expert jewelers. We therefore recommend that you visit a CHANEL boutique for any maintenance of your emerald-set jewelry.

    • Ruby

      Clean your ruby with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Sapphire

      Clean your sapphire with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Agate

      Agate is sensitive to thermal changes, cosmetics (creams, perfumes, etc.), detergents and cigarette smoke. By penetrating the stone, these products may change its color. Clean your agate with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Aquamarine

      Particularly sensitive to temperature changes, avoid exposing aquamarine to thermal shocks or extreme heat sources. Clean your aquamarine with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Amethyst

      Since it is particularly sensitive to temperature changes, avoid exposing amethyst to thermal shocks or extreme heat sources. Clean your amethyst with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Chalcedony

      Sensitive to light, chalcedony’s color can fade. In order to preserve the color of your stone, avoid exposing it to extreme light sources. Clean your chalcedony with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Citrine

      Despite its sturdiness, citrine is sensitive to intense heat and acidity. Avoid contact with acidic products as well as prolonged exposures to high temperatures. Clean your citrine with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Iolite

      Clean your iolite with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Onyx

      Onyx is sensitive to thermal changes, cosmetics (creams, perfumes, etc.), detergents and cigarette smoke. By penetrating the stone, these products may change its color. Clean your onyx with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • opal

      Opal must not suffer any intense thermal shock nor be exposed to dry heat, which would risk dehydrating it. Contact with chemical products may also dry it out and alter its iridescence. Over the course of its life, an opal’s weight can vary due to water loss. This is a naturally occurring phenomenon. Clean your opal with a soft cloth.

    • Peridot

      Peridot is a stone sensitive to thermal shocks. Avoid exposing your piece of jewelry to violent temperature changes or extreme climates, as this might damage it. Clean your peridot with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Quartz

      Clean your quartz with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Spinel

      Clean your spinel with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Tanzanite

      Tanzanite is a delicate stone sensitive to shocks, scratches and violent temperature changes. Clean your tanzanite with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Topaz

      Like diamonds, topaz is a very hard stone but it is likely to crack from a violent impact. Keep your topaz away from chemical products and from light which may alter its color. Clean your topaz with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

    • Tourmaline

      Clean your tourmaline with warm water and a soft brush before drying it with a soft cloth.

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