With time, all metal jewelry begins to lose its original bling. Silver and other metals will eventually darken or tarnish because of exposure to the air and other elements. Also, deposits of debris and daily grime will cause the metal parts and gemstones to look dull and dirty.
By following this few care tips you can preserve the life of your jewelry and keep it looking great for many years.
1. Store your jewelry in a clean, dry space
Keep your jewelry in a cloth bag or fabric-lined jewelry box that has compartments and dividers for each item. All my metal items come in a cotton bag, which you can use to safely store your jewelry.
The same goes for jewelry made from natural materials, such as antler, bone and wood. However, this does not apply to aluminum jewelry, as it is tarnish resistant and water proof!
2. Avoid chemicals
Hairspray, lotion, and perfume can damage certain types of metals and gemstones. Precious metals like gold, silver, and platinum are especially sensitive to those common household products and may discolorate faster if in contact.
Again, natural pieces made from materials should be taken care of in that same manner. Aluminum jewelry, on the other hand, hardly reacts to anything and is a more care free option.
3. Use mild soaps and avoid ultrasonic cleaners, just in case
Warm water, mild dish soap, and a soft brush: that's all you need for cleaning your jewelry. I do not recommend using ultrasonic cleaners, since it can damage some natural materials, such as bones, gemstones and wood.
Do not wash your jewelry if it's made from wood, antler or bone!
4. Avoid humidity and moisture
Remove your jewelry before taking a dip in a lake, river, beach, and swimming pool. Do the same before going to the gym or for a run, as sweat can also tarnish most metals. This is specially important for jewelry that features bone, wood or antler pieces.
Disregad this if you are wearing aluminum jewelry, as it is water proof in every way.