Tips on Jewelry Care and Cleaning

Proper cleaning will make your jewelry sparkle like new. Chemicals found in everyday substances like hairspray, perfumes and lotions can damage jewelry. Over time, light and heat can fade, weaken, or even darken some gemstones. Professional cleaning—at least once a year--is recommended to maintain the quality of fine jewelry. Do-it-yourself cleaners like toothpaste and glass cleaner are neither effective nor safe for cleaning jewelry. Between professional cleanings, most gemstones can be cleaned with warm water, mild soap (no detergents) and a soft brush. Take care not to loosen the stone from the setting during cleaning. Use the appropriate jewelry cleaning treatments to clean gold, silver, pearls and opals.

Proper jewelry storage is also important. Place jewelry pieces in a lined jewelry box, a pouch or the original store box. Sterling silver should be kept in an anti-tarnish cloth. Proper cleaning and storage will ensure the maintenance and appropriate care of your jewelry.