Never Sleep In Your Jewelry
- Sleeping in jewelry can cause physical damage to the piece and possibly be harmful to you. Earrings have been known to fall of and end up in a person’s ear.
Separate Your Jewelry
- Always store your jewelry in a protective box and separate each piece. Harder stones can scratch metals and other stones. This method also helps you remember exactly where to find each piece.
Know the Material
- Most often, cleaning your jewelry is unnecessary. Mostly, you should just leave it alone unless it is truly dirty and grimy. If you are not sure of the material, the cleaner you choose can end up damaging stones, patina, and other finishes.
Specific Jewelry Materials
- Lay pearls (and other beaded pieces) flat when you are done wearing them.
- Hanging pearl jewelry can cause the thread to stretch out and break.
- Pearls need to be restrung every five years or less depending on how often you wear them, to prevent string breakage.
- Do not wear diamond jewelry when doing rough work. They are tough, but are still able to be chipped.
- Avoid chlorine. Chlorine and bleach can discolor and damage your stones over time. Always remove jewelry before swimming and cleaning.
- Use a commercial jewelry cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent to clean the piece. Dip the jewelry into the solution and use a soft toothbrush to dislodge dust or dirt from under the setting.
- Avoid touching your diamonds. Oil from your fingers will block light from entering the stone and showing its full brilliance.
- After wearing, wipe your precious stones with a clean, soft, slightly damp cloth.
- Avoid harsh chemicals when wearing gemstone jewelry.
- Put jewelry on last. Lotions, hairspray, and fragrances can damage stones.
- Clean your silver jewelry with mild soap and water. Wait for the water to bead up and then pat dry with a soft cloth.
- Store silver in a cool and dry place.
- Anti-tarnish squares can be found online if you want to use them to keep tarnish from occurring.
- Grease can be removed from karat gold jewelry by dipping the jewelry in plain rubbing alcohol.
- Consult a jeweler. Jewelers will be able to recommend solutions specific to your piece based on its different qualities. If it has no colored stone, an ultrasonic cleaner could shake any dirt off, but avoid doing this to stones.
- Store leather in a cool and dry place. Some jewelry is meant to be kept in separate bags, but sealing leather in a bag can actually lead to mildew growth.
- If your leather already has mildew just wash it with a germicide soap. Dry it with a cloth and let it dry again away from the sun.
- Avoid contact with moisture. The more it is exposed to water, the more essential oils will be stripped from it which causes discoloration and quicker signs of wear.
- Water resisters can be applied to leather, but they do need to be reapplied every so often. If you don’t want to commit to that then follow our other tips to ensure the leather stays in good shape.
- You can use a leather conditioner on occasion. The leather should absorb the oil and any left on the surface should be wiped off. Left over oils and residues will attract dirt.
Gold Filled Jewelry
- Use only warm water and a mild soap based detergent to clean your jewelry. Soak pieces for no longer than a minute. If they need scrubbed, use a soft baby toothbrush. Always pat dry.
- Air dry jewelry before putting it away. Excess moisture will lead to tarnish.
- Use a jewelry cloth on your gold filled pieces to bring back the sparkle that may have washed off with the water. This often happens after gold filled jewelry comes in contact with water and soap.
- Wrap each piece of gold filled jewelry in tissue and put it in a box to store. Constant rubbing against other pieces will damage the surface.
- Wash geode like jewelry with laundry detergent and water. Don’t use harsh chemicals to clean a geode. Gently swab the solution on the geode and let soak for a few minutes. Rinse with warm water and air dry.