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Jewelry should be treated with love and care. It should be treasured and enjoyed every time you put it on. There are, however, some important things to keep in mind so your jewelry will last for generations. The following are basic guidelines for keeping you and your jewelry happy:
Unlike the perfect boyfriend, it does not like to get wet, take showers with you or frolic in the sea.
It is probably allergic to perfumes, lotions and hairsprays so slather yourself up in areas where your jewelry will not touch it.
Your jewelry likes to lounge about, so it should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
Jewelry is already in amazing shape, so do not take it with you to hot yoga, swimming class, lacrosse practice, rock climbing or other strenuous physical activities.
Believe it or not, regardless of price, jewelry that looks delicate ... is.
Your jewelry loves to travel, but not in the bottom of your handbag or in your pocket. It prefers instead to rest in its special pouch by itself. And while you sleep, give your jewelry its beauty rest too - in its pouch or stored carefully in a box.
It is also adverse to performing chores of certain kinds, so think about it before you mow the lawn, haul rocks or wash dishes.
Gold jewelry of any karat can be cleaned lightly using a soft cloth. For a more thorough cleaning, soak your gold jewelry in a glass of warm water with a drop or two of non-detergent soap (Ivory, Dr. Bronner's, etc) to help remove any oils and loosen buildup. Remove after a few minutes and pat dry with a soft cloth. To clean further, use a very soft, worn toothbrush to carefully remove any dirt particles or debris from more intricate components and settings.
Follow the directions for cleaning gold jewelry above.
For silver jewelry with a high-polish surface, you can use a special silver cleaning cloth to restore the shine.
For silver jewelry with a matte finish, make a watery paste of baking soda and water and rub gently to restore surface.