How to care for your Antique Jewelry and Watches

General Care:

We encourage you to have your items checked and cleaned by us or a local jeweler every 6 months to make sure all gemstones are tight and that the piece is in good condition to wear. It is not uncommon for gemstones to become loose over time and it is best to fix when they are loose instead of replacing a lost stone.


Your jewelry will always look its best if it is clean. The diamonds and gemstones will sparkle like new. Most pieces can easily be cleaned with warm soapy water and an old soft toothbrush, but please contact us if you have any questions or concerns as some older pieces should never be submerged in water. You are always welcome to stop in and have your jewelry cleaned at any time.


Rings require more frequent care as they are especially prone to wear. Please do not wear rings to the gym, while doing housework, gardening, rock climbing or during any activity you feel may cause damage to your ring! If you wear a chain you can string your ring on it while at the gym or doing a rough activity. If you take your rings off at night, you will double the lifetime of your ring!


The following list of unusual materials found in antique jewelry is by no means complete and all need special care. Lockets, foilbacked stones, closed backed stones, organic material (wood, ivory, hair, tortoise), turquoise, coral, shell (cameos), mosaics, horn, bone, pearls, wings of insects (butterfly), feathers, fabric, iron, steel, jet, vulcanite, and bog oak. Feel free to call if you need advice on cleaning any of these unusual materials.


Special care must be taken with some gemstones. Please read more about gemstones here.

Watch Care and Warranty:

Your Lang Antiques vintage timepiece is sold as a piece of fine jewelry art.  Unless otherwise noted, the movement will be in working order when the watch leaves our store.  However due to the delicate nature of vintage timepieces there is no further warranty on the movement or any other mechanical parts after delivery.

Almost all of our watches and pocket watches have mechanical movements which need more special care than new quartz movements. Mechanical movements need to be fully wound daily if worn on a daily basis. Gently wind the crown in one direction until it comes to a natural stop. To set the time, pull the crown out gently which will free the hands. Set the time in the clockwise direction. If you have a watch with more complicated instructions they will be given to you at point of sale.

These vintage and antique watches are not waterproof or water resistant. We service all our watches and pocket watches prior to sale. You may find that these watches do not keep time to the minute as a quartz movement would. If it is gaining or losing time in excess of a few minutes in 24 hours, please return the watch for adjustment.

Vintage watches do need to be cleaned periodically as they are mechanical and need lubrication. We recommend every year or two. Your watch usually tells you when it needs servicing. Enjoy your watch!