It can be quite disappointing to get a new piece of jewelry and then look at it two months later and see how worn it appears. In some cases you may have laid out quite a bit of money for this new piece of jewelry and would really appreciate it if it would keep looking new for quite a while. Here are some handy tips that you can use to keep your jewelry looking like the first day you bought it.
Put it aside before entering the hot tub
The amount of chlorine in a hot tub is usually higher than what you would find in a pool. Bacteria can grow faster in higher heats so more chlorine is needed to keep the hot tub clean. Chlorine can react with the metal in your jewelry and make it corrode. It's always a good idea to take off your jewelry before entering a hot tub especially, but before entering a pool as well. In some cases extra chlorine can be added to pools if the pool was dirtier than usual.
Cosmetics first - then jewelry
In most cases you should be applying your cosmetics first before putting on your jewelry. Most cosmetics nowadays do not contain anything that will corrode the jewelry's metal. In fact, the sweat from your skin will probably corrode the metal faster than any of the ingredients in your make-up.
Have a safe storage area
Keep your jewelry store in a dry, safe location so that the risk of exposure to unwanted dirt and debris is reduced.
Use gentle cleaning products
Don't use any type of detergents on your jewelry or any type of harsh cleaning tools. There are specific jewelry cleaners you can purchase that are designed specifically for jewelry to keep it clean and polished. As well, always clean your jewelry away from the sink. It only takes one mistake to see the jewelry piece hop, skip and jump into the drain.
Gardening is very harsh on jewelry with the continuous rubbing of the earth against the metal or stones. If you're planting seeds, you may end up planting more than what you expected if one of your stones happens to get dislodged from your ring.
Take off your jewelry when you're doing your cleaning tasks around the house. There are a lot of chemicals in the products you are using that can be abrasive and corrosive to your special jewelry pieces.