Jewelry wear & care
We believe that fine jewelry is meant to be worn every day. But as with most things in life, it looks its best when it’s taken good care of. As a rule of thumb, take your fine jewelry to your nearest jeweler once a year to have them check that all mountings and settings are secure.
Daily jewelry care
Nangi Fine Jewelry is delicate and should be cared for accordingly. To extend the life of your jewelry, please follow these daily care instructions:
- We recommend that you store your jewelry in our Nangi jewelry box, and that you keep the pieces separate to avoid scratches. For necklaces, clasp the necklace when removing it to assure the chain does not tangle or knot.
- Try to not touch the gemstone(s) because the oil and dirt you pass on from your fingers can cloud it.
- To avoid bending or dulling your jewelry, your jewelry should be removed before going to sleep, taking a shower, swimming in a pool, washing dishes, exercising or lifting weights, doing gardening work or similar activities. Be aware that mechanical pressure can deform rings or loosen stones.
- Avoid contact with perfumes, hairsprays, oils, body lotions, cleaners, salt water, chlorine and other products containing chemicals. Not only will these chemicals reduce gem brilliance, they can also be highly destructive. If possible, wear your perfumes in areas that won’t come in contact with your gems.
- After wear, carefully wipe off your jewelry with a soft cloth to remove makeup or skin oil.
How to clean your jewelry at home
We recommend that you clean your gold and gemstone jewelry at home regularly. With that in mind, here are some helpful tips to keep your jewelry looking its very best!
Gold & Gemstones
- Soak the jewelry in a solution of warm water and mild soft detergent for a few moments.
- Use a soft brush to gently scrub your jewelry.
- When you’ve finished scrubbing, dip the jewelry piece back into the solution for one last wetting.
- Then rinse in warm running water, preferably about the same temperature as your solution. (Radical temperature changes should be avoided.)
- Dry thoroughly with a soft cloth, or simply let it air dry.
- Once dry, polish the jewelry with our lint free Nangi jewelry cloth to get the best result
For your Sterling Silver jewelry, simply polish the piece with a Silver polish cloth.
C for Carat
Hundreds of years ago, when people needed some standard for weighing their gems, they turned to the carob tree. Since the carob's seed weighs approximately the same as the smallest gemstone, it was designated as the base unit for weight, and since the seed was called a carat, the name came too: any stone that approximated the weight of one seed was deemed to weigh one carat.
K for Karat
The word karat is ultimately from the same source as carat but came to refer to the fineness of gold: one karat is equal to 1/24th part of pure gold in an alloy. A 14K gold ring consists of 14 parts gold and 10 parts of some other metal, like copper; pure gold is 24 karats.
As a general rule, the lower the karat of gold, the harder the alloy is. This difference should be considered when buying gold jewelry, as it means that 18K gold will wear out and bend more easily than 14K gold. 18K gold is thus purer, but more prone to being affected by everyday wear as it is softer. 14K gold consists of 58.5% pure gold and is in our opinion the best choice for our collection jewelry as it combines high quality with durability. Our collection rings are designed to be worn every day, and we therefore offer most of our pieces in 14K gold. Moreover, 14K is the Scandinavian gold standard.
Gold is a precious metal that won’t tarnish, oxidize or lose its color over time, unlike its plated counterparts. Our fine jewelry is composed of solid gold and should not be confused with Gold Plated or Gold Filled pieces of jewelry. Gold Plated and Gold Filled jewelry is more suitable for fashion jewelry that has a limited life span.
- Always be more valuable
- Last longer and require less maintenance
- Encourage sustainability due to the longer wearing nature of fine jewelry pieces
Gold is a soft metal in its purest form, and this is the main reason it is mixed with other metals when used in jewelry. Keep your gold jewelry away from harsh chemicals like household cleaning fluids as they create abrasions and reduce the luster of the metal.
Platinum is considered one of four precious metals, along with Silver, Palladium and Gold. However, Platinum is the most expensive, the most prestigious and easily the most exclusive. It also happens to be the strongest of all metals used for jewelry. Platinum is a rare metal, with over 60 percent of all Platinum production coming from South Africa.
While white gold looks very similar to Platinum, over time the rhodium plating in white gold will wear off and fade to a yellowish tinge. Once you re-polish and re-plate the white gold ring, it will look white again. Platinum, which is naturally white, will not fade to yellow and has therefore become the premier metal of choice when it comes to engagement and wedding rings.
Platinum jewelry can be cleaned in the same way as gold jewelry.