What Should You Do?
Last on, first off.
Especially important for pearls and soft stones such as turquoise. I recommend it for all my jewelry – by not exposing jewelry to hairsprays, perfumes, and lotions you eliminate the need for heavy cleaning and polishing. Over time, this could greatly affect the life of your piece.
Clean by wiping gently with a soft damp cloth after each wearing. Or, try Sunshine® Cloths – they clean and polish without scratching metal.
Remove jewelry before bathing, swimming, or doing chores that require chemicals. Chemicals like chlorine and detergents can harm stones and/or discolor metals.
Store jewelry flat, out of direct sunlight, and away from heat. Some stones, such as Kunzite, Rose Quartz, and Amethyst, will fade if left in direct sunlight for lengthy periods; heat will dry out pearls. Avoid sudden temperature changes to prevent stones from cracking.
Soak your jewelry in a cleaning solution made from warm water and mild detergent (Ivory or Dr. Bronner’s are nice)
Use a soft worn toothbrush to gently loosen any dirt and remove film
Rinse in warm water and buff dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.