How to Properly Care for Your Jewelry

You clean your house, you clean your car, you clean your clothes, you clean your dog(?), but do you clean your jewelry? I’m positive all of you wearing some sort of diamond and would like to get the maximum bling out of it.

Like most things, your jewelry requires just a smidge of cleaning here and there (No vacuuming required, promise!)

By cleaning your jewelry, you’re deciding that this piece is worth taking time out of your day to ensure it lasts forever. Most pieces require a simple wipe down now and again, but the more expensive a piece, the more often you should clean it.

The cheaper the piece… well some pieces are just not worth it. You know the ones – the $5 ring that turns your finger green after an hour. No need to take care of these – it’s simply not worth the time!

To increase the lifespan of your jewelry, take a look at our jewelry cleaning tips.

General Care:

A pretty piece deserves a soft touch!

  • Clean your jewelry after wearing it with a soft cloth to remove oils and debris
  • Put jewelry on after applying hairspray, perfume, lotions, etc as they can dull or harm your jewelry
  • Take your jewelry off each night – wearing it causes stress on the pieces potentially leading to breakage
  • Take jewelry off while doing household chores – in particular dish washing
  • Avoid wearing jewelry in chlorinated pools and hot tubs
  • Store jewelry in a cool place away from direct sunlightJewelry Care

Jewelry Specific Instructions:

  • Crystal Jewelry / Swarovski: To restore the sparkle of your crystal jewelry use a soft, lint-free cloth to clean. You could also use baby wipes.
  • Sterling Silver: Don’t put away tarnished, it will worsen – use a soft silver polishing cloth to clean or a mix of mild dish soap and warm water. Alternatively, you can always go with lemon juice to clean your silver.  Once completely dry, store in a plastic baggie with the air squeezed out to minimize tarnish.
  • Freshwater Pearls: Never immerse completely in water, clean occasionally with a moist, soft cloth.
  • Semi-Precious Gemstones: Don’t use abrasive cleaners or immerse completely in water. To clean, wipe with a damp and moist cloth before drying them with a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Many materials such as Sterling Silver, Glass Bead Jewelry, and Gold Filled Jewelry can be cleaned with mild dish soap and warm water. Remember to dry them with a soft cloth or air dry completely before putting away.

When was the last time you cleaned your jewelry?

*No judging, we promise!

 

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