While we feel that the best way to care for jewelry is to wear it, and love it!... a few easy steps can help extend the life of your favorite pieces.
Sterling silver benefits from usual wear—the oils on your skin help protect it from tarnishing. If your sterling silver is looking a little dull, a silver polishing cloth can quickly restore its shine. Heat, humidity, perfume and chlorine can all oxidize your Sterling. Clean gently with a silver cloth to restore shine but leave an attractive dark shading in the details.
Solid gold jewelry should be polished with a special polishing cloth. For gold plated jewelry, gently clean it with a cotton ball or very soft cloth to remove dust and dirt. If your jewelry requires more extensive cleaning you can use warm water and mild soap. Dry thoroughly with a cloth. Always remove gold plated jewelry before bathing and exercising, and avoid applying creams/perfumes while wearing in order to maximize its lifespan.
Pearls benefit from daily wear — however, care must be taken not to expose them to perspiration or cosmetics. If you need to clean your pearls, simply wipe them with a soft cloth. Friction with hard materials can abrade the surface of a pearl, so make sure to store it separately from other jewelry items. Semi-precious stones should be wiped with a soft cloth and mild soap & water if absolutely necessary.
Leather is a strong material, but it should not be worn in or exposed to water, which can weaken it. Avoid exposure to perfumes, creams and soaps.
Jewelry is best stored in a dry area away from moisture (i.e. don't keep it in the bathroom!). Place your jewelry in the provided jewelry pouch and box when not being worn.
If you plan to store your jewelry for an extended period of time, gently wipe it with a cloth and place it in an airtight bag. A silica packet placed inside the bag will keep it from tarnishing during storage.
FYI Rio Grande Jewelry Supply online has an impressive collection of jewelry polishing cloths!