If you love to showcase your personal style through your jewelry, we’re sure that you’ve built up a high-quality collection over the years. Whether you’re a fan of traditional earrings, stretched ear jewelry, or even body jewelry like labrets, taking proper care of your jewelry helps to keep them (and you!) looking amazing.

Discover easy jewelry care tips below, and explore more alternative jewelry options and elevated essentials at Ask & Embla.

1. Brass

Brass has traditionally not been as valued as silver or gold, but that has changed. This strong and durable metal alloy is more affordable, while still maintaining strength and durability. Due to the presence of copper in brass, it is also antimicrobial and germicidal, perfect for high-quality stretched ear jewelry.

Still, you will see natural wear and tear on your brass pieces over time in the form of stains or smudges. Brass has a stronger reaction to acids and oils, so avoid touching your jewelry too often.

If your pieces seem a little dirty, give it some occasional tender loving care by using non-abrasive jewelry cleaner or a mix of mild soap and water. For grimier pieces, using a soft cloth or toothbrush to rub on a mixture of baking soda, lemon juice, and water can help remove tarnish.

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2. Gold (14K Solid)

Solid gold jewelry is the fastest way to elevate your everyday essentials - and it’s easy to care for and maintain them too. From time to time, simply use a soft brush, warm water, and mild dish soap to remove any dirt or tarnishes. Once your jewelry has air-dried, buffing it with a soft lint-free cloth can restore the natural shine of your gold pieces.

For pieces that have been plated with gold, you can simply wipe it down with a damp cotton ball or microfibre cloth to remove any stains or smudges.

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3. Silver

If you’re a fan of jewelry that’s simple yet stunning, silver pieces definitely have a place in your collection. Sterling silver is commonly used as a material as well as coating on top of stainless steel or brass.

To protect your jewelry from tarnish, avoid contact with chemicals such as chlorine, sweat, or saltwater. The ingredients in skincare or makeup could also affect your jewelry, so put your jewelry on only after your lotions and moisturisers have completely dried.

If your silver pieces get dirty, simply use a microfiber cloth or jewelry care cloth to gently wipe them down in up-and-down strokes. For alternative jewelry pieces such as hangers or tunnels, Q-tips  can help clean out those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

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4. Titanium

Titanium jewelry is durable, strong, and hypoallergenic - making it popular amongst wearers with sensitive skin. This lightweight metal is resistant to tarnishing as well so you just need to touch it up with a simple care routine to keep those unsightly smudges away. An o Occasional polishing with a jewelry polishing cloth can also help keep the metal looking bright and shiny!

Most jewelry cleaning products are compatible with titanium pieces, although anodized titanium should only be cleaned with warm, soapy water. Simply soak your titanium jewelry in water mixed with soap or a cleaning solution for several minutes before gently wiping with a clean cloth. Repeat as many times as needed, and make sure to clean out any small grooves or engraved designs to ensure no dirt remains.

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5. Stainless steel

One of the most versatile, durable, and popular jewelry materials out there, you’ll be able to find stainless steel options for almost any kind of earring, face or body jewelry. The great thing about stainless steel is that it does not corrode or rust. However, this tough metal alloy is still prone to scratches or staining if handled roughly.

To care for your stainless steel jewelry, you can occasionally give it a quick clean like this:

  1. Mix warm water with a small amount of mild dishwashing soap.
  2. Dip a soft lint-free cloth into the water and squeeze out any excess.
  3. Gently wipe along polish lines until clean.
  4. Wipe off excess soap with a moist cloth dipped in clean water.
  5. Dry pieces well with a clean cloth or towel, and air-dry.
  6. (Optional) Use jewelry polish or polishing cloths once dry for extra shine.

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6. Glass

Glass is one of the most fragile materials out there but is gaining popularity for its ethereal charm. As a plus point though, this alternative jewelry material is one of the easiest to keep clean! Glass jewelry won’t react to water or strong acids. However, if it’s been combined with other materials then you’ll have to stay careful regardless.

To care for glass jewelry, you can simply polish or rub them with baby oil to remove tarnishes and restore their  glossy sheen.

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Discover Alternative Jewelry options with Ask & Embla

Make a statement with Ask & Embla’s high-quality range of alternative jewelry pieces. Browse alternative earring options, stretched ear jewelry, elevated everyday essentials, and so much more on our online jewelry store and enjoy free shipping when you hit the minimum order amount*.

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