You’ve bought yourself a new favorite jewelry piece – or perhaps you received an item from our 2022 holiday jewelry gift guide. Now it’s time to take care of it. We shared some of our favorite jewelry care tips in another article, but did you know there are some mistakes to look for? Avoiding these mistakes can help preserve the life of your jewelry and make it look as good as new. Here are 3 jewelry care mistakes to avoid.


1: Infrequent Cleaning


The first jewelry care mistake you can make is not cleaning your piece frequently. This is especially the case if you wear your jewelry daily, like an engagement or wedding ring. Over time, constant wear exposes your jewelry to dirt and dust. If you do not regularly clean your jewelry, your pieces can quickly lose their luster and sparkle. Luckily, cleaning your jewelry isn’t complicated. You can use a jewelry cleaner or have one of our jewelry specialists do it for you. Either way, you can expect your jewelry to look as stunning as the day you received it with a proper cleaning regimen.


2: Wearing Them All The Time


It can be tempting to wear your jewelry all the time, especially after receiving it. While some kinds of jewelry can withstand daily wear and activities like showers, you need to be careful with others. Gold jewelry fares better under daily wear than diamond, for example. Diamond jewelry can become dull when exposed to hard water over time, which means you will need to clean these pieces more often to maintain their shine and sparkle. If you regularly swim in the pool during the summers or have hard water in your home, it’s a good idea to remove diamond jewelry like engagement and wedding rings beforehand. While daily wear of beloved jewelry pieces should be fine, cleaning and inspecting them regularly can help lengthen their life. 


3: Improper Storage


Finally, improper storage is a third jewelry care mistake to avoid. The good news is that this is a fairly simple tip to practice. Make sure to keep jewelry in a dry area, preferably in its own container. Humidity can dull your jewelry’s appearance, so this is especially important to keep in mind in warm and wet climates. In New England, you will want to ensure your jewelry is properly stored during spring and summer.  Jewelry boxes are helpful because they keep your pieces away from other items that can scratch or otherwise damage them. By implementing proper storage, you can maintain your jewelry’s condition and appearance, ensuring that you can continue to enjoy them for years to come.


Jewelry Care Experts at Stephen Allen Jewelers


Whether you want help caring for your jewelry or learning more tips on how to avoid common jewelry care mistakes, Stephen Allen Jewelers can help. We offer an array of beautiful pieces to choose from as well as jewelry care and repair services. Call (413) 525-9090 to get started.