Clean Your Jewelry Often

Dirt buildup can cause your jewelry to wear more quickly. Take it to your jeweler to be professionally cleaned to keep your jewelry looking its best and to be checked for wear or damage. Between professional cleanings, you can use a soft toothbrush and jewelry cleaner at home. Polishing cloths also work well to remove tarnish and bring back the shine in your jewelry.

Check Prongs

Have prongs checked every 6 months on jewelry that you wear often.

Stay Away from Chlorine

Jewelry should not be worn in hot tubs or pools. The chlorine eats away gold and silver, and may discolor some gemstones. It also has an oxidizing effect on silver, causing it to turn black.

Jewelry Doesn’t Like Housework

Remove rings and bracelets when doing housework and manual labor that could cause you to lose or damage your jewelry.

Keep Your Jewelry Natural

Put jewelry on after applying makeup, perfume or hair spray to keep it clean. Wipe jewelry off with a soft cloth after removing it.

Appraise It

Have your jewelry appraised and insured against loss, theft and damage.

Clean & Safe

Jewelry should be kept in a clean and secure place.

Hands Off!

Handle gems and pearls as little as possible. Oils in your skin can build up over time and dull their appearance.

When in Doubt …

When making jewelry purchases, make sure to find out about the gemstone’s properties so that you can handle and clean it properly. ┬áSome stones, such as pearls, opals, turquoise and amber, require special care.