The following was published on Sincerely Silver.
Your jewelry is important to you and you want to keep it looking good. There are so many reasons jewelry can be meaningful, and so, there are just as many reasons to keep it in its best condition. Keeping your jewelry clean also prevents skin irritations and allergies: gold-filled and gold-plated jewelry can cause allergic reactions when the outer layer of gold wears off, exposing an inexpensive base metal that can stain the skin. For more information about how to clean different kinds of jewelry, check out our Complete Guide For How To Clean Jewelry.
There are 3 main rules of cleaning your jewelry:
(1) Know what your jewelry is made of. Sterling Silver? Solid gold? Gold-plated? Knowing the metal exterior and metal core materials of your jewelry item will ensure you get back that sparkle and shine!
(2) Determine if your jewelry needs a professional clean or a DIY home cleaning. Most of your jewelry items can actually be cleaned with simple, household products! However, engagement rings, wedding bands, and antique family heirlooms should more than likely be taken to a professional cleaner.
(3) Know how to properly store your jewelry to prevent further damage and tarnish.
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