How to Preserve Jewelry
If you have a collection of jewelry, it is important to know how to preserve jewelry to keep it in good condition. Jewelry, especially earrings and bracelets, are delicate pieces that can easily damage if stored or worn inappropriately. When these pieces are stored using improper storage methods, such as plastic jewelry containers, they can lose their shine and color, become dingy, or even break. Learn how to store these valuable pieces properly so that they retain their beauty and shine for many years.
When looking for jewelry to store, first consider the type of jewelry. Sterling silver and gold jewelry are generally safe from damage, although sometimes a slight tarnish can occur if jewelry is stored in an overly warm environment. If you are unsure about what type of jewelry you have and want to know how to restore a piece of jewelry, contact the jeweler who created it. If your earrings have been tarnished, the only way to restore them is to have them professionally cleaned by a professional jeweler. To learn more about tarnishing your jewelry, view photos in the Jewelry Maintenance Guide.
To clean your jewelry, use a soft toothbrush and mild soap to clean the stones. Use a cotton swab for delicate stones. Never use abrasive cleaners on jewels or metal, as this can cause them to lose their shine. Follow the manufacturer’s care instructions for storing your jewelry.