1. KEEP YOUR JEWELLERY DRY
Unless you intend to clean your jewellery, it should be kept away from moisture as much as possible. Humidity accelerates discolouration (tarnish) in silver and leaves gemstones dull.
For example, water can create condensation under the gemstone, which can lead to cloudiness and loss of shine. Avoid wearing gemstone jewellery when washing hands or taking a shower.
Also, if you wear rings when washing your hands, moisture can get trapped between the ring and your finger, causing a nasty rash.
2. KEEP IT OUT OF THE GYM AND SPA
As a general rule, if you’re going to swim, sweat, or steam, don’t bring your jewellery with you. It’s common for people to keep a pair of earrings on in the pool or wear a ring in the shower. But moisture, as well as the pool chlorine, (and even the pH of your sweat) can discolour your jewellery, leaving it tarnished. Wear your pieces only during dry activities and dry places—that means taking them off when gardening, cooking, playing sports, and cleaning.
3. AVOID CONTACT WITH LOTION OR PERFUME
Precious metals, colored gems, and pearls are very sensitive to chemicals. That can include even the products you put on your skin. If you’re applying perfume, make sure to do so and wait for it to dry, before putting on your jewellery. The same goes for any sort of makeup setting spray, lotion, or skin refreshing spray.