In this blog, we have summarized the best ways to take care of your jewelry and make it last for generations to come.


  1. Keep your jewels AWAY from chemicals

Take off your jewelry whenever you are in a situation that involves chemicals in the air. Examples include when you are cleaning, or even getting ready and putting things like hairspray and makeup on. These chemicals can often damage your jewelry. It is best to keep your accessories away until after you are done spraying chemicals in the area. Do not wear your jewelry when swimming or bathing. The chlorine in pools is a chemical that you should be sure to keep your jewelry away from. As for the bathing part, soaps, shampoos, and conditioners cause considerable damage with time to the metals in most jewelry. Remember to always take off your earrings when bathing!


  1.    Clean them properly

Cleaning jewelry regularly is important if you wear the piece often. Warm water and jewelry polishing cloths are the best tools for cleaning most jewelry. Avoid using tissue paper or towels because the materials can easily scratch and damage the items. Getting your jewelry professionally cleaned from time to time is a great idea to restore your jewelry to its best condition. You also avoid accidentally damaging it while trying to clean it. For those times that you need to clean your diamonds personally, a good tip is to use a soft bristled non-metallic brush with warm water to scrub off any grime. The same goes for gemstones except you want to soak them in warm water with a little bit of soap before gently scrubbing. Pearls should be soaked in soapy water but must be handled with care since they are very easy to damage.


  1. Store them to preserve them


It is so important to store one’s jewelry in a place away from the sun’s harmful UV rays and from other potential threats to its beauty. Keeping your jewelry in the bags or boxes that they came in is an effective way to store them. An even better solution is a jewelry box featuring padded slots for each item of jewelry. It’s essential to separate jewelry because otherwise cluttered pieces of jewelry scratch each other.


The key to caring for your most precious jewelry is just remembering to keep them away from elements that potentially damage them like chemicals and UV rays for long periods of time. Therefore, storing and cleaning your jewelry properly is very important if you want to make your jewelry last and look brand new even years after wear.


The jewelry at Uncle Ben’s Pawn Shop is inspected and cleaned to perfection so that you can get access to beautiful jewelry at prices that will equally please you. Check out our shop for all types of jewelry from antique necklaces to gorgeous wedding rings!