1. Remove your jewelry before swimming and strenuous activities. Salt water and chlorine can be damaging especially for sterling silver jewelry. And sweat can make sterling silver jewelry tarnish quickly.
2. Remove your jewelry before applying sunblock and bug spray. These lotions and sprays can find their way into the little nooks and crannies of your jewelry making it harder to remove later.
3. Get loose findings, gemstone prongs, and clasps repaired. It’s easy to lose a piece of jewelry or individual gemstones and beads simply because your jewelry is in poor repair.
4. Clean your jewelry regularly. Your own sweat and body oils can dull the shine of your favorite jewelry . For sterling silver jewelry, you can prevent tarnish with regular cleaning and by applying an anti-tarnish polish to slow down the formation of tarnish. Use a good polishing cloth on metal jewelry to bring back the sparkle after soaking soaking in warm soapy water, rinsing, and drying with a soft towel.