Jewelry TLC: A Few of My Favorite Jewelry Care Tips

Ah, jewelry. We love it, and we love wearing it when it's brand new. But over time, it can get dirty, and tarnished, and just plain ICK!

Just like you, your jewelry needs a little pampering and TLC too. So here are a few of my favorite jewelry care and cleaning tips to help keep your jewelry in ready-to-wear condition.

  • Wear it! No, really, I know it sounds simple, but jewelry is meant to be worn. If you wear it, it will not tarnish as quickly if you just let it sit in a box (or on the top of your dresser.)

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  • Do not wear your jewelry when using chemicals of any kind, or when swimming in a pool or a hot tub. Pools and hot tubs contain chemicals, especially chlorine, which can discolor precious metals and often cause damage to gemstones and pearls.

  • Remove it after daily wear. The last thing you need is to wake up and find your hair tangled in your necklace or earrings, or your ring or bracelet caught on your bedding.

  • Hand polish it every so often with a soft jeweler’s polishing cloth. These cloths are made for cleaning jewelry gently. My favorite jeweler’s polishing cloths are Sunshine Cloths. Don’t have one but need one? You can get one here.

  • Every so often inspect stones and settings. Does anything seem loose or chipped? If so, stop wearing it and take it to a jeweler before it's too late.

  • Does your engagement ring or wedding band need some serious cleaning? Is there dirt and grime in grooves or underneath stones? If so, fill a small bowl with warm water and a small squirt of dishwashing soap, then soak your ring for 5-10 minutes. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently scrub around and behind the stone and in any grooves to remove any remaining dirt. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry with a soft cloth. Your rings will thank you for it because it will give both your metal and stones a nice sparkle.

  • To prevent jewelry from tarnishing, store it in a jewelry box. Don’t have a jewelry box? Use a plastic ziploc bag . It will keep your jewelry clean and keeps humidity out. Keep in mind, humidity helps tarnish jewelry faster.

So there you go. Now go spring clean your jewelry and start wearing it again. It will thank you with plenty of sparkle and shine!