Trick to Keeping Jewelry Clean and Safe

John Medeiros Jewelry
Jewelry is probably one of the first things that comes to mind when talking about your most prized possessions. It is an investment, and a beautiful one at that!
You might aim to keep your jewelry safe and clean, but it seems like there are many ways it can get lost, damaged, and dirty.
Follow these short and easy tricks to keep your best pieces of jewelry close and completely in tact:
1. Store It Away at Night 
Jewelry Box
When you are not wearing your jewelry, you should always store it away safely. Typically, people do not wear their jewelry to bed, so this is a great time to remove it and put it directly into a jewelry box. It should always stay somewhere that is easy to identify and protected from damage. If you do not have a jewelry box, you could always substitute with another small container or drawer.
2. Separate It From Other Pieces
Jewelry can easily get tangled with other pieces if it is not carefully separated. This results in knots around chains that are difficult to remove and can even cause breakage if not taken care of properly. Establish a spot in your room or jewelry box specifically for every item. 
2. Remove It When Bathing 
Shower Head
Never bathe with your jewelry on. This may seem pretty self-explanatory, however, if you wear your necklaces, bracelets, or rings often enough, they might start to feel like part of you. The Result: You forget about them entirely. Excess water and harsh soaps can hurt your jewelry over time, and, if you use shower accessories like body brushes, you might even scuff it. 
3. Take It Off Before Swimming or Working Out
Just like bathing, working out or swimming can have a negative impact on your jewelry. In fact, it might be even worse. The ocean and pools are full of salt and chlorines that are hard on your favorite pieces. Working out gets your jewelry sweaty, dirty, and maybe even germy. Also, if you are using weights, the gym can be breakage central.
4. Clean It Regularly
Always make sure that you are taking the time to properly clean your jewelry. There are a lot of strange at-home solutions the internet recommends for this process, but just stick to the basics. The most effective and safe way to clean your jewelry is with a proven, marketed jewelry cleaner. For instance, at Treasures, we always recommend Lavish because it is safe for just about every jewelry type, metal, and stone. It is also easy to use, and crazy powerful. 
5.  Where It Inside
While it may be tempting to go for long walks outside in your jewelry or wear it to all of the best parties on your friends' boat, you're better showing off your jewelry in indoor venues. Salty air and outdoor elements take a toll on jewelry in the long run if it is not rhodium-plated. There are some great brands like John Medeiros that have this amazing safe coating, but you'll want to check! 
It's important to love your jewelry and enjoy it, but it's important to not run it into the ground. Every piece of jewelry is a gift and deserves top treatment to keep it looking as beautiful as the day it was bought. For any other questions about keeping your jewelry clean and safe, just ask an in-store associate at Treasures in Lewes or Long Neck.

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  • Michiko Seto