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10 Jewelry Maintenance Tips to Prevent Premature Wear

Special care should be taken when caring for fine jewelry. This is especially true for fragile pieces that require a little more attention. Soft stones like opals and thin sections of gold should be properly cared for to prevent damage or wear.

Below are some of the most common jewelry maintenance tips we recommend for anyone investing in a piece of fine jewelry, old or new.

  1. Do not press on stones when taking a ring on or off.  Pull the ring off from its sides.

  2. Do not submerge opals, pearls, cameos, or emeralds in liquid jewelry cleaner for more than a couple seconds.

  3. Use a soft cloth or brush that is damp with a mild cleanser to clean fine jewelry that should not be dunked in liquid.

  4. Do not put antique jewelry or fragile fine jewelry in ultrasonic cleaners.

  5. Avoid showering or sleeping with jewelry on.

  6. Avoid washing dishes, swimming, or using any type of chemical when wearing your jewelry.

  7. Store fine jewelry in a safe place.

  8. Keep fine jewelry items separate so they do not rub up against each other.

  9. Keep sterling away from other jewelry by using felt to prevent tarnish.

  10. Get fine jewelry checked by a professional jeweler at least once a year or sooner if you feel a stone may be loose.

Have some jewelry maintenance advice of your own you would like to share? Comment below and let us know your thoughts!

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