6 Ways You Are Destroying Your Jewelry

There are many common jewelry care mistakes people make on a daily basis.

For each mistake, tips and tricks that will help one care for his / her jewelry have been offered in such a way that it will last for many generations to come.

1.  Wearing Your Jewelry All the Time

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People are often tempted to wear their jewelry all the time. Rings and Chains are the most common offenders on this list.

Even though they are worn each day, it doesn’t mean one has to wear them all the time.

Don’t wear your jewelry while sleeping, washing dishes, painting, working with your hands, wearing gloves. Use your best judgement on this, but if in doubt, take your jewelry off.

2.  Showering or Swimming in Your Jewelry

Jewelry Care Mistakes: Showering in Jewelry - Justin Lewis/Photodisc/Getty Images

Not only shouldn’t you wear your jewelry all the time, you should most definitely never wear your jewelry when swimming or showering.

Water is a natural abrasive. Overtime gold and other metals are worn off.

Showering won’t wear down your gold as quickly as chlorine or salt water, but it is best to use caution around any liquids.

3.  Storing Your Jewelry in Different Places

One should always have a designated spot for jewelry that is worn often. When you come home at the end of the day, place your valuables in this spot to prevent the chance of loss.

4.  Keeping Your Jewelry Out in the Open

A jewelry storage spot should be in an inconspicuous and safe location.

5.  Submerging Your Jewelry in Cleaner for Too Long

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It is important not to submerge jewelry in the solution too long. Prolonged exposure in a tarnish remover can make silver jewelry tarnish almost to a black colour. Prolonged exposure with gold can discolour the gold as well as wear the gold down over time.

6.  Taking Rings off by Pressing on the Stones

Pressing on the Stones: Jewelry Care Mistakes - Lena Katarina Johansson/Folio Images/Getty Images

There is a right and a wrong way to take on and off a ring.

It is so important that when you take your rings on and off, you pull from the sides of the shank. So many people, especially when the ring is too tight, have the tendency to remove the ring by pressing with one finger on top of the stone and the other on the bottom of the ring. Over time, this will loosen your stone and make it susceptible to falling out.


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