There are a number of things owners can do to prevent buildup of dirt and prevent jewelry from becoming tarnished. Namely, store jewelry carefully in its original packaging or a jewelry box. Clean jewelry using warm water, mild soap and a soft bristle toothbrush. Use a non-abrasive silver cloth or soft lint free cloth to polish jewelry and remove tarnishing. Don't expose jewelry to harsh chemicals or perfumes as this could cause damage and discoloration. Don't wear jewelry when using household cleansers. Also try to avoid sweating while wearing jewelry as this will result in a grimy buildup. Try to avoid wearing jewelry while applying beauty products such as hair spray, cosmetics or lotions as this can tarnish or discolor the jewelry.
Bangles, earrings (particularly those manufactured from hollow tubing) and chains should be worn with care in order to avoid surface damage, and should be removed before going to bed. Check for signs of wear and tear regularly, especially on catches and joints. Stone settings can become loose over time, especially if they have been hit against a hard surface or snagged on clothing.