As a general rule it is a good idea to put your jewelry on last, after cosmetics, hair products, body sprays and perfumes. You’ll protect the integrity and appearance of all gemstones and metal alloys and keep your pieces looking beautiful in the long run.
So, when grime does build up, use these DIY tips:
Diamonds-DO return your gems to sparkly greatness by soaking them in warm (almost hot) water with a bit of good old dishwashing soap for at least 30 minutes. Stick to a basic detergent, one without moisturizers or anti-bacterial ingredients. If there’s a build-up of gunk, use a soft wooden toothpick to carefully lift the heavy materials away from the back of the diamond after soaking. Then gently brush the jewelry with a soft toothbrush.
DON’T use anything involving bleach, window cleaner or household degreasers. Abrasive cleaning product can scratch precious metals.
Gold-DO use dish soap and warm water. Let gold jewelry soak for 15 minutes. Then use a soft toothbrush to scrub the dirt away and rinse in warm water. Finally dry with a soft cloth.
DON’T swim or shower in your gold-chlorine discolors gold and soap can leave a gross film on it.
Silver-DO again, dish soap is your friend. Mix a few drops with warm water and then dip a soft cloth and use that to softly rub the jewelry. Rinse in cold water and blot until dry. For a really heavy-duty tarnish mix a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Wet the silver and apply the cleaner with a soft, lint-free cloth (not paper towels, which can scratch). Work the paste into the crevices, turning the cloth as it gets gray. Rinse; buff dry.
DON’T soak silver, this spreads up rather than removes tarnish