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How to Care for Your Jewelry-Make Sure Your Pieces Last

Lisa H

Posted on January 11 2017

How to Care for Your Jewelry So It Lasts

We love the jewelry we sell you, and we want it to look beautiful forever. Use these tarnish-removal tips to keep your jewelry looking like you just bought it!

  1. Remove your jewelry before taking a shower, bath, or swimming. This will really extend the life of all jewelry pieces. If you are going to be using any chemicals, like when cleaning, it's also a good idea to remove your jewelry beforehand.
  2. For quick and effective cleaning, you can use jewelry cloths that can be purchased at jewelry stores, and most department stores. No mess to worry about and your hands stay dry.
  3. Most colored gems can be cleaned with warm water, mild dish soap and a soft brush. Be sure to rinse your jewelry in a glass of water or bow to remove cleaning solutions since you risk losing loose stones – or even an entire piece of jewelry - if you rinse directly in the sink.
    Soft gems, such as pearls, can easily scratch. Use a new, clean makeup brush and warm, soapy water to softly clean them. Lay a strand of pearls on a towel to dry. The wet silk thread can stretch − and attract dirt − so don’t touch your strand until it is completely dry. Pearls worn often should be restrung once a year.
  4. To keep sterling silver from tarnishing, keep it in a bag. Cloth bags and even small plastic bags will keep your sterling shiny and tarnish free.
  5. Make sure you inspect your jewelry on a regular basis, especially earrings and necklaces. Check the clasps to make sure they are still securely attached so you don't end up losing them.

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