Proper Care and Maintenance of Jewelry

Basic jewelry care and maintenance can prolong the life and quality of your prized pieces. Many individuals believe that jewelry polish is sufficient to keep the jewelry in the best condition possible. However, jewelry owners should consider some important care and maintenance approaches.

1. Avoid Damaging Chemicals

Polishing solutions often used in the home contain chemicals that can potentially damage your jewelry. Harsh chemicals can remove the finish on gold and silver, and they can also cause discoloration. If you must use a polishing solution, ensure it is gentle and contains no harsh chemicals. You can also opt for a natural polish, such as lemon juice or vinegar.

2. Be Careful with Water

Water can also cause damage to your jewelry. When washing your hands, avoid letting soap and water come in contact with your jewelry for extended periods. Soap can cause a film to build up on gold and silver, making it appear dull. If you must wash your hands with your jewelry on, rinse it well afterward.

Also, avoid wearing your jewelry in pools and hot tubs, as chlorine and other chemicals can cause damage. Saltwater is also abrasive and can cause damage over time.

3. Storing Your Jewelry

If you are not wearing your jewelry, store it properly to prevent damage. Store gold and silver jewelry in a soft cloth pouch or lined box to prevent scratching. Be sure to keep your jewelry away from chemicals, heat, and sunlight, as these can all cause damage. Also, avoid storing your jewelry in the bathroom, as the humidity can cause damage.

4. Cleaning Your Jewelry

To clean your gold and silver jewelry, use a soft cloth to wipe it down. If your jewelry is particularly dirty, you can add a drop of mild dish soap to the water. Avoid using harsh chemicals or cleaners, as these can damage your jewelry. You can also take your jewelry to a professional jeweler for a more thorough cleaning.

5. Store Your Jewelry in Dry Places

You should always store your jewelry in dry places. If you must store it in a bathroom, be sure to keep it away from the sink and shower, as these are typically humid areas. Also, avoid storing your jewelry in direct sunlight or near a heat source, as this can cause damage. This is a fundamental jewelry care and maintenance approach you should not ignore. Those who follow these tips can keep their jewelry in great condition without major issues.


In conclusion, following these simple care and maintenance tips will help you keep your jewelry looking its best for years to come. Be sure to avoid damaging chemicals, water, and heat, and store your jewelry properly when you are not wearing it. Contact Silva Jewelers if you have any questions about jewelry care and maintenance. We are always happy to help.