There are a few easy steps to follow that will enable you to keep your jewelry clean and sparkly and looking brand new. We've asked the experts for tips on how to clean, store and preserve jewelry. Here's what we found:
One of the best ways to keep your jewelry looking brand new is to keep it clean. Most experts suggest that you always wipe it with a damp, soft cloth each and every time you go to store it. Accessories that are worn often collect body oil, cologne, lotions, soap residue and grease and grime. The quick wipe down removes those solutions that can actually tarnish or wear down metals and erode.
Periodically it's a good idea to give your collection of jewelry a deep cleaning. Fill a basin with warm soapy water. (Use a mild liquid detergent.) Some experts suggest that you fill a plastic tub rather than do it in the sink, in case the drain clog is dislodged and your collection goes down the drain. Immerse the piece in the warm water and scrub it with a soft toothbrush or a brush made for cleaning jewelry. Rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth. For heirloom quality pieces, and especially those containing precious gems, you will need to ask a professional for the suggested method of cleaning. There are a number of commercial cleaning products available. In some cases, it's best to take the piece to a store specializing in cleaning once or twice a year.
When staying in a hotel, be sure that you don't leave your valuables lying around the room when you are away. When traveling, keep your valuables with you rather than inside your checked luggage.
With a little care and concern you can learn to protect your jewelry and keep it looking brand new and functional for years to come. Remember to consult a jeweler or manufacturer for specific cleaning and storage suggestions for your piece.