What additional tips can I follow to care for my jewelry?

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by Sarah R.

Be careful when removing your jewelry to wash your hands. Don't leave your jewelry on the rim of the sink where it can slip down the drain! Remove gemstone rings and bracelets before vigorous exercise or working with your hands. Some gem varieties might be damaged with a sharp blow. When taking off your rings, don't pull them off by the gemstone: this won't damage the gem but it can, over time, stretch the metal that holds it in place, making the setting less secure.

Keep jewelry away from chlorine and other household chemicals. You won't have to clean jewelry as often if you put it on after applying hairspray, perfume, and cosmetics. Always make sure it is dry and clean by wiping with a cloth before putting it away. For cleaning instructions for specific gemstones, visit our Gemstone Library.