Do not use perfume or hairspray on areas that are adorned with jewelry. Do not use lotion or sunscreen near your rings. Lotions will dull the shine of the ring's gems and metal. Do not wear jewelry while playing sports or doing other activities such as gardening, swimming, etc. Do not wear jewelry in chlorinated swimming pools. Chlorine may cause permanent damage to the alloys in your gold. Do not wear jewelry while cleaning with household chemicals. Many of these cleaners contain chlorine bleach, which can permanently damage your gold.
Use common sense when wearing your jewelry. For instance, if you work with young children, it would be inadvisable to wear thin chains or dangling earrings that break easily when yanked. Keeping your jewelry clean (with the methods listed below) will help you to notice if anything on the jewelry needs repair (like loose stones, broken prongs, cracks in the metal, etc).
While it's best to keep all of your jewelry clean, it is especially vital that you keep tennis bracelets clean. Tennis bracelets have many parts that harbor dirt. As they are expensive items (to replace or to fix), we highly recommend cleaning these frequently, either at home, or by professionals at the jewelry store.
Regularly bring your jewelry in to a jewelry store to have the piece inspected for problem areas. This will prevent major problems in the future, and at the very least, you will get a professional cleaning. We recommend that you have your jewelry professionally inspected and cleaned every six months.