The Daily Grime
Dust and grime can cloud the polish and brilliance of a gemstone while daily wear and pollution will mar the radiant finish of silver, gold, or platinum, leaving behind a weathered patina. Worn clasps or bracelet links may result in the loss of a cherished piece of jewelry. Properly cared for, your jewelry can be enjoyed for years to come.
Follow these tips and preventative measures below to help keep your jewelry looking its best.
Check over your jewelry every couple of months to make sure settings hold their stones securely and clasps are firmly in place.
Shake a piece of jewelry by your ear. If you hear a rattling sound, the stones are loose. Claw settings are vulnerable if caught on clothing or struck against hard surfaces. Gemstones, even diamonds, can loosen or get chipped.
Remove your jewelry before doing housekeeping, gardening or swimming.
Clean your jewelry at home using a mixture of 1 part mild liquid soap to 6 parts warm water. Apply it gently with a soft toothbrush and then dry off with a soft cloth.
Avoid drastic temperature changes. It can be damaging to emerald, topaz, tanzanite and other delicate gemstones.
Take off your jewelry before entering a pool or hot tub. Chlorine in the water will damage or discolor jewelry.
Avoid contact with cosmetics, perfumes, moisturizers, household cleaners (especially those with chlorine or bleach), and products containing sulfur such as rubber gloves. Exposure can cause jewelry to discolor or prematurely tarnish.