Jewelry 101: How to Prevent Jewelry Tarnishing

One of the most common questions we're asked by customers on a regular basis is "how do I prevent my jewelry from tarnishing?" Great question! Although it's a natural part of owning any type of jewelry, it can be disappointing to watch our jewelry tarnish and not know what to do, which is why we've broken down our top ways to prevent tarnishing and remove it from your favorite pieces.

Store your jewelry properly.

Like they say, the best defense is a good offense. Instead of waiting for your jewelry to tarnish and then cleaning it, let's practice good jewelry storage techniques! For any Sterling silver items, you'll want to use resealable bags (like Ziploc) to keep air from tarnishing your jewelry. Keeping Sterling silver in a cool, dark place (like a jewelry box or in your closet) will prevent moisture from tarnishing the pieces as well.
Elements like moisture, light, and oxygen will impact your jewelry, so try to store

Gold is one of the least reactive metals, so oxygen does not cause tarnishing the same way it does with silver. It's still recommended to store your 14kt gold pieces in a cloth bag somewhere safe (like your jewelry box) to prevent weathering when you're not wearing it. 

Avoid wearing jewelry while swimming, showering, or working out.

Humidity and moisture will tarnish silver more quickly (which isn't great news for those of us in Texas!), so it's important to take your jewelry off before engaging in any of these activities (plus, it isn't worth the risk of losing your beautiful jewelry!). 

Polish your jewelry each time you wear it.

One simple, easy way to prevent tarnishing is to use a soft, dry polishing cloth on your jewelry each time you wear it, then store it properly in resealable or cloth bags. 

Avoid letting your jewelry come in contact with beauty products or chemicals.

Whether you're cleaning the house or getting ready for a fun evening out on the town, it's important to be aware of if your jewelry is coming in contact with beauty products or chemicals. We have had customers come to us for jewelry repair and cleaning because their fine jewelry came into direct contact with various harsh cleaning chemicals and was then impacted somehow.

In general, put on your body lotion, perfume, deodorant, hairspray, etc. BEFORE putting on your lovely jewelry!

If all else fails and you're not sure how to clean your wonderful jewelry, come see our team of amazing Jewelry Stylists and Experts. We happily offer complimentary jewelry cleaning!

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