Whether it’s fine or costume jewelry, there’s always a sentimental reason behind every piece of jewelry you buy, and you’ll want to wear it forever. Here are some quick and easy tips to take care of your jewelry to prevent tarnishing, scratches and dullness.

 

Keep it away from wood

Avoid leaving your jewelry on chemically treated surfaces or on wood which can stain or speed up the tarnishing process.

Keep it in a ziplock bag

Over time, your jewelry comes in contact with moisture and air which causes it to eventually tarnish. Put it in a ziplock bag and squeeze out all the air before sealing.

Store your silver with chalk

Chalk absorbs moisture, or if you find that dusty, invest in some dehumidifiers or silica packs.

Keep your jewelry dry and away from skincare products

Don’t wear your jewelry then apply lotions, perfume or hairspray. Never wear silver jewelry when you go swimming or at the sauna.

Avoid leaving it in sunlight

The colour of gemstones will become dull when exposed to too much light. Avoiding leaving them exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time.

Put your pieces on rotation

Jewelry isn’t meant to be worn 24/7, give it a break and show some love to other pieces of jewelry.

Keep gold jewelry separately from silver jewelry

Gold scratches easily, so keep them in individual soft cloth bags or the original boxes they came it.

Give it a wipe

At the end of the day, wipe your jewelry with a anti-tarnish cloth before storing it away. This will make sure any lingering moisture, oils or dust is gone.

 

Do not use toothpaste

That home remedy is too abrasive and will damage your jewelry in the long run.

Use dishwashing soap and warm water

For pieces that are dull or starting to discolor, mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water and rub the jewelry with a soft cloth. Rinse in cool water and buff with a cloth until dry.

Give your jewelry a no-soak treatment

For pearls and other porous stones, use a small makeup brush dipped in shampoo and water to clean. Use a damp cloth to wipe the pearl.