Of course, you should also leave the cleaning up to the professionals every-so-often. And you can always ask them for advice about how to clean your specific pieces at home!
Occasional trips to the jeweler’s for deep cleanings are extremely important to your precious metals’ and stones’ longevity.
Your jeweler will also do a quality check to make sure your pieces are fully intact and in no danger of coming loose.
Plus, many jewelers offer routine cleanings as a complementary customer perk. Be sure to take full advantage of it!
Keeping your jewelry out of harm’s way
One of the most important aspects of jewelry care is knowing when to take it off.
Here are the most common situations where you should remove your jewelry to avoid causing severe damage.
#1: The pool.Chlorine damages the finish of precious metals and precious stones and causes them to deteriorate bit by bit.
When you wear jewelry to the pool or hot tub, you’re essentially exposing it to high levels of bleach. Yikes!
#2: The ocean. Those little grains of sand will find their way into every nook and cranny of your precious pieces. And if it’s not remedied immediately, that damage could end up being permanent.
#3: The garden. Like sand, dirt particles can also squeeze their way into the tiny crevices. This causes micro-abrasions and also dulls the shine of the metals and precious stones.
And if you think garden gloves are the answer, you’re sadly mistaken! These will only add to the problem by adding sweat into the mix.
#4: Active sports and the gym. When fine jewelry is regularly exposed to sweat, it leads to tarnishing. Even if you’re wearing solid gold, the metals it’s alloyed with (such as sterling silver) are vulnerable to tarnishing.
#5: Applying lotions, gels, and sprays. When your jewelry comes in contact with products like sunscreen, shampoo, hairspray, moisturizer, and perfume, it gets coated in a layer of residue from those substances.
Because of this, it’s best to save jewelry for your last step when you get ready.