How To Take Care of Your Jewelry

Jewelry is one of our most intimate and cherished accessories. Understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping your heirlooms sparkling for generations to come.

Do’s & Don'ts

The following guidelines will help to assure your fine jewelry remains beautiful for your lifetime and future generations:

  1. Keep jewelry dry. Moisture is the main factor that speeds up the tarnishing process.
  2. Store different types of jewelry separately. Make sure the jewelry is not touching inside the jewelry box.
  3. Lower the relative humidity of a room if you keep your jewelry out in the open and notice that it tarnishes quickly.

Remove jewelry when:

Showering or swimming: jewelry can likely take a dip in the pool, or even an occasional shower at the gym, but it's not a good idea to make it a habit. The effects of hard water and soap scum are hard to remove.

Sleeping: even though you may have slept in jewelry before without any issues, sleeping in your nice pieces is not recommended. It's generally safer for you and your jewelry if you spend the night apart.

Lifting weights or shoveling: before you break a sweat, it's a good idea to take that pretty little ring off, The same goes for sports, any kind of hands-on physical activities, soccer, basketball and tennis, etc.

Cleaning: not only can you easily bang up your engagement ring on tough surfaces (think bathroom counters, kitchen floors, etc.) while cleaning the house, you can also do serious damage to the stone and setting. You can even potentially alter the color, thanks to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia found in many common household cleaners.

Cooking: The final time when not to wear an engagement ring is during cooking and food prep. Germs and bacteria can easily get lodged into the ring setting. And, just like in the shower, you risk the ring slipping off when you rinse anything in the sink. If you can, it's better to take it off while cooking.

Store it separately:

Storing your jewelry is important too because it can either help or harm your pieces, depending on how you do it.

Always store your jewelry in a jewelry case or box and keep each piece separated from one another. You'd be upset if something scratched something else, plus, if you have designated storage for each piece, you always know where to find it — and you don't have to worry about necklace chains or bracelets breaking.

  • Examine your jewelry routinely for secure settings and clasps.
  • Make sure your jewelry is properly sized.
  • Do not use gold interchangeably. Gold cleaners should be used only for gold and silver cleaners only for silver.
  • Avoid storing or wearing your gemstones and pearls in locations that receive extended exposure to sunlight.
  • Avoid storing or wearing your silver jewelry in salty air.
  • Never use paper towels to clean pearls or jewelry.
  • Avoid home ultrasonic cleaners unless you are certain that it is appropriate for your gemstone or jewelry.