Put jewelry on after applying makeup – cosmetics, hairspray, and lotion can contain chemicals that can often damage jewelry.
Do not wear jewelry in swimming pools and spas- Chlorinated water can react with the metals found in jewelry causing color changes and even structural damage. As a result, it’s a good idea to remove jewelry before entering the pool or spa.
Remove Jewelry During Tasks – When performing manual tasks, remove your jewelry to prevent physical damage or exposure to chemicals or cleaning fluids. Some tasks that should be avoided when wearing jewelry include kitchen work, gardening, cleaning the house and other common tasks.
Jewelry should be stored away from natural sunlight and heat, in a protective jewelry box or a tarnish-resistant pouch. It can also be stored in a plastic zip lock bag made of Mylar or polyethylene. Never use polyvinyl plastic bags, such as trash can liners as they contain sulfur compounds, or rubber containers which will make sterling silver tarnish faster and possibly turn black. Do not store your jewelry in the bathroom.