Your jewelry is meant to sparkle and dazzle everywhere you go, but exposure to oils, lotions, sweat, dirt, dust, and other environmental debris can dull their shine. Luckily, caring for your jewelry is not too difficult — and if done right, can extend the life of your jewelry.
To give a comparison, jewelry is just like your teeth. If you brush your teeth daily, if you floss and get dental care, your teeth are cared for and will stay strong. Likewise, jewelry that is cared for, maintained, and cleaned can stay strong for a long time. In this case, jewelry needs at-home cleaning if there is gunk and buildup around the prongs or on top of your stones. Better yet, we recommend seeing a jeweler every year for a check-up.
How Do I Take Care Of My Jewelry at Home?
To prevent any scratch marks or buildup in your ring, there are a few ways you can take care of your jewelry at home.
We recommend taking off your rings when you use lotion or hand sanitizers. If your ring is white gold, hand sanitizers will slowly remove the plating. It is also advisable that you remove your jewelry when exercising with machinery and weights. Doing so can potentially crack your rings, cause them to bend, or loose stones. Necklaces and bracelets can get caught and pulled, which can harm you, and your piece of jewelry.