Jewelry care is key. Elements like soap and lotions can build up in rings and dull their sparkle. Wash ornaments with jewelry cleaner or with an old, soft toothbrush and some mild soap and water to bring back the original sparkle. Bridge Berenstein also regularly gets her jewelry cleaned and checked at Ben Bridge and always carries a sparkle and shine jewelry stick for on-the-go cleaning.

You don’t need permission to buy a piece of jewelry. Jewelry purchases don’t have to be limited to birthdays, anniversaries, or special occasions. If you see something that expresses your style, try it on. “Don’t be afraid to try something unique. Jewelry is wearable art in many ways.”

Pass if a piece of jewelry doesn’t feel like you. “There’s something about getting something that feels right on you. I think it’s worth making an investment in jewelry that you’re going to have for a long time.”

Durable materials are essential to long-lasting jewelry. When buying a piece of jewelry, think about how you’re going
to wear it. For everyday wear, durable gemstones like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, and metals like gold and platinum, are the way to go. “Most diamonds are older than most stars. If you want something that lasts, there’s nothing better than something that’s billions of years old.”

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