From regular cleaning to smart storage, a lot goes into preserving the look and durability of gems, precious metals and the craftsmanship that holds them all together. While periodic cleaning can help keep your jewelry looking great, you can also help preserve its luster by taking a hands-off approach. When you handle your jewelry, the oils from your fingers can diminish its appearance. When possible, try to limit how often you handle your jewelry to reduce the need for cleaning.
When getting ready for the workday or a fun night on the town, it's always best to put your rings, bracelets and necklaces on last. This will help prevent makeup from sticking to your jewelry and keep gems from snagging on clothing and loosening from their settings. You should also familiarize yourself with some fundamental concepts to help you care for your jewelry pieces.