First, be sure to store your jewelry in a clean, dry place when it is not being worn. Fabric-lined jewelry cases, boxes with compartments and dividers are good options. An in-home safe is strongly recommended for your irreplaceable jewelry.
When you are wearing your jewelry, try to avoid removing your rings to wash your hands. Jewelry left on the rim of a sink can easily slip down the drain or worse…get left behind at a public place. Avoid wearing your jewelry when cleaning. The chemicals in the cleaners can damage the metal and gemstones. Do not subject gemstone jewelry to sudden temperature changes. If you have an active lifestyle, take extra precautions with your jewelry, especially some types of gemstone jewelry. Emeralds, for example, are brittle and should not be worn when doing household chores or any other activity where the stone could be hit or damaged.
Apply all cosmetics, perfumes and colognes before putting on colored gemstone jewelry. Hair spray, perfume and perspiration may cause jewelry to become dull. Make sure to wipe your gemstones after wear to remove any chemicals, oils or perspiration.
See your jeweler at least once a year to have your jewelry checked for loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear. Visit your jeweler every six months to have your jewelry professionally cleaned. In between visits to your jeweler, clean your jewelry at home using a mixture of mild soap and warm water.
Remember these simple tips and you’ll keep your jewelry looking its best!