Accessorizing is unquestionably the centerpiece of every look, and the perfect jewelry can elevate any piece of clothing from one to 10.

Granted, wonderful jewelry items might be expensive, but that shouldn’t deter you from purchasing some jewelry now and then.

So, how do you take care of your jewelry to preserve its longevity and optimum condition?

Here are some well-thought-out jewelry-care suggestions:

Properly store

The best approach to care for your jewelry is to keep it in a safe place. Avoid leaving your jewelry on chemically treated surfaces or wood, as these will discolor it and hasten the tarnishing process.

A good rule of thumb is to keep your jewelry in a case or box and keep each piece separate to avoid scratching against each other.

Know What You’re Up Against

Cleaning your jewelry is highly suggested; however, before you begin cleaning, you must first determine what materials your jewelry is composed of. Cleaning the wrong jewelry might result in wear and tear, eventually causing the piece to be damaged.

Aside from the material, the intended patina and blooming are also factors to consider (dipping a piece in acid to allow it to appear like real gold).

To keep your jewelry clean, wipe it down with an anti-tarnish towel at the end of the day to eliminate moisture, dust, and oils before storing it.

Lastly, put it on.

Remove it first

Perfume, hair spray, and lotion all have the potential to discolor your jewelry. Also, taking off a clothing can cause you to cut your necklace or lose an earring. So, follow this care rule of putting on jewelry last and taking it off first.

Keep them out of direct sunlight

Avoid keeping your jewelry in places where it will come into direct contact with sunlight, as UV radiation from the sun can destroy the color of your jewelry. Remember to keep them away from other sources of heat as well.

Set your pieces to rotate

Jewellery is designed to be worn, but not all the time. So, to make your components last longer, try rotating them, swapping one piece for the other on a regular basis.

Finally, avoid sleeping with your jewelry on; sleeping with jewelry on can be harmful not only to the piece but also to you.