Gold and Silver
Ideally, store your jewelry in a clean, dry place out of direct sources of heat and light. A fabric lined jewelry case or box with compartments and dividers is best, since jewelry pieces can scratch and damage each other.
Chlorine is harmful to gold, silver and most stones. You can easily clean your jewlery at home by using a commercial jewelry cleaner, or you can make your own by mixing water and a very mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the solution and using a very soft brush (such as an old toothbrush) to remove any dirt or grime from around the stones and under the settings. Dry by using a soft cloth.
Silver will slowly tarnish when exposed to air. Properly maintained silver jewelry can improve with age and develop a lovely patina. If you prefer their silver jewelry to be bright and shiny, then you can keep an anti-tarnish strip (available at many drugstores) to help maintain its brilliance. Avoid using commercial silver dips and polishes in pieces with stones.
Some gemstones can be damaged by ultrasonic cleaners, particularly organic gemstones such as amber, coral, pearls, turquoise, and opals. These types of materials should be wiped with a soft cloth only.
Lab created stones, such as created sapphires, created rubies, created alexandrites, etc, can be cleaned gently using a mild detergent (such as a mild liquid dish washing detergent), water, and a toothbrush.
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