To keep your jewelry always shining and clean, the best that you can do is taking proper care of it. Follow the suggested advises:
- Avoid direct contact of your jewelry with perfume, creams or lotion.
- Wait for any product to dry in your skin before putting on the jewelry.
- Avoid contact with any type of household cleaners or harsh chemicals.
- Remove your jewelry before swimming or exercising.
- Always store your jewelry in its original box, a special jewelry box or a re-sealable zipper storage bag.
Despite your best effort for taking proper care of your jewelry, you will need eventually to clean it, because it can tarnish, or it can accumulate oils and dirt. Follow the steps suggested here to clean it. The more frequently you clean it (as soon as tarnish or dirt starts to build), the easier will be to remove it.
Tarnish in Sterling Silver pieces can be removed by polishing with a silver cloth. Be careful and only use a cloth specially designed for that purpose, since silver can scratch easy if polished with other materials. If tarnish is too hard to remove with the cloth, you can use home made cleaner (using baking soda or vinegar) or industrial specialised cleaners, but you have to be very careful if the piece has stones, because the same product that cleans the silver can damage the natural stones.
The easiest and safest way to clean your Gold filled, Gold plated or Rhodium plated jewelry (and even Silver when tarnish is not too hard), is using a solution of a few drops of mild liquid detergent and warm (nor hot) water.
Let the piece sit in the soapy water about 10 minutes and then scrub it with a soft cloth of a baby-size, soft, toothbrush. Rinse under lukewarm water running from your sink, or place it in a new container with clean lukewarm water. Rinse well and let dry. You can let it dry in a clean towel or cloth, or you can rub it gently until completely dry. Never store the piece while still there is some remaining water.
Sterling Silver tarnish with time, due to exposure to environmental elements. Gold Filled, Gold Plated and Rhodium Plated can eventually also tarnish or the layer of Gold / Rhodium can fade, but the proper care will extend its life and keep it shine.