Opal Jewelry Care
Here are some simple instructions to keep your Australian opal inlay jewelry looking great.
First, never clean your opal jewelry in an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner. Chemicals and heat may negatively affect the epoxy over a period of time. Also, avoid contact with household cleaners and solvents, as they may breakdown the epoxy as well. If your opal inlay jewelry is accented by diamonds or other faceted stones, simply brush the stones with a soft toothbrush and mild soap from the top and the bottom. Prolonged exposure to water or oils may weaken the bond between the opal and the epoxy used to hold them in the inlay channel which could cause the opals to fall out.
Second, wear your opal jewelry with care and common sense. Remove your inlay jewelry before performing any activity that might damage the jewelry, such as exercising, yard work, swimming, dishwashing, etc. When not wearing your jewelry, store your jewelry in a cloth bag or box where your other jewelry cannot ding or scratch it. Doing so will also prolong the life of your jewelry and extend the period you can go before your inlay jewelry needs to be refinished.
Finally, when the surface of the inlaid opal or the gold loses its luster, return the piece for refinishing. If you have an accident and break one of the opals, we can drill it out and replace it without a problem. We recommend returning Hileman opal jewelry repairs directly to us or to the store where you purchased your Hileman jewelry. Most jewelers are not experienced with inlay methods and do not have Australian opals to match the stones in your jewelry. Our utmost concern is customer satisfaction. We replace damaged stones at a very reasonable cost and refinish our opal jewelry for only the shipping, insurance, and handling charges for the life of the piece.
Call us at (623) 518-6588 for return instructions or use the contact form to send us a message.