Storing your Jewelry
Before any jewelry is stored, make sure that it is clean and dry. Moisture of any kind can cause the metal to tarnish or degrade much more quickly. It’s best to keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined case that has compartments and dividers for your jewelry. This will prevent scratching and tangling. For sterling silver jewelry, get an anti-tarnish bag or cloth to limit exposure to air and moisture.
Avoid damaging chemicals
Hairspray, lotion, and perfume can be damaging to certain types of metals and colored gems. Precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum are especially susceptible to discoloration from these everyday care products.
When in doubt, take it off
You get used to wearing a piece every day and it’s easier to keep it on rather than taking it off and storing it. However, you might be causing some of your favorite pieces a bit of harm by leaving them on all the time. Activities like cleaning, swimming, working out, or grooming can affect the longevity of your pieces. It’s a good idea to store your jewelry in a safe place. Not only will this protect your treasured pieces from harsh chemicals and debris buildup.
Cleaning Gold like a Pro
Give solid gold bracelets, chains and earrings a gentle bath in a solution of a few drops of dish soap and a little warm water. Put small jewelry pieces into a strainer before placing in the solution; large pieces can go directly into the bowl to soak for about five minutes to dislodge dirt. Swish the items around, then take them out, lay them on a soft cloth and go over the crevices and chain links with a soft toothbrush to remove any debris. Return small pieces to the strainer and rinse everything under running water then dry with a soft cloth.