After a time, each piece gets usage and wearing marks! Naturally, this happens more than with earrings or chains with rings. So matted surfaces change to slightly shiny, polished surfaces. Also structures in rings can be leveled over time, but this may well have its charm. Silver jewelry may oxidize and change yellowish to black, especially if it is not worn. Oxidation can often polished away with a soft cloth or take your jewelry to a goldsmith for cleaning. Jewelry lives with the carrier: a ring, which is worn mainly doing office work will change more slowly and less than a ring that you always wear when gardening or manual labor. Gems are resilient but not indestructible. Even diamonds can break if they get pressure in an unfortunate angle. Porous gemstones such as lapis lazuli or turquoise and beads should not come into contact with acidic liquids such as vinegar or jewelry cleaning baths. Opals you should not be in bright sunshine.
To clean your jewelry use hot water with a dash of detergent and a toothbrush to remove dirt particles is sufficient. Or bring your treasures for working up to our shop!
If you are unsure, please contact us.