Caring for your jewelry

Preserving the Life of Your Jewelry

Remove jewelry before showering or swimming; water and associated substances can be very harsh on metals.  Do not apply perfume, lotion, oil, while wearing jewelry.  Let substances dry on skin before putting on jewelry.  Substances including oil, nail polish, perfume, chlorine, lotion, and sweat may react with jewelry and promote tarnish.  Avoid storing brass and gold-plated jewelry in the bathroom or humid environments.  Store each of your jewelry pieces in a dry environment and separately to avoid scratching each other.

Cleaning Your Jewelry

Use a non-abrasive jewelry cleaner (be sure to check manufacturers’ instructions), or mild soap and water, on your metal jewelry.  Wipe off any excess water and dry your jewelry completely after cleaning.  Do not use any products that contain alcohol.  For tarnished jewelry, a mix of baking soda, lemon juice, and water may work (consult the internet for recommended mixes).  Wipe it on with a soft cloth, wipe it off, and then dry each piece.  Buff your jewelry with a soft, clean cloth to complete the cleaning and to provide a nice finish.