The natural imperfections found within the precious metals and stones are what make pieces unique to each owner.
Always remember that your jewellery should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night!
To maintain longevity your jewellery should always be removed prior to washing, bathing, doing the dishes, household chores, strenuous activities, exercise, sport, swimming (both ocean saltwater or chlorinated pools), to prevent scratching, denting or discolouration of gemstones. Remove all jewellery before going to bed to avoid kinking or breakage.
Apply perfumes and body creams before you put on any gemstone jewellery. Pearls and Opals in particular can react very poorly to acids and alcohols causing them to lose their iridescent lustre.
Because enamel is essentially glass, it must be treated as such as it can shatter or crack if banged against another object or dropped. Again, lotions and shampoos can react with the jewellery you are wearing and may cause the enamel to chip or wear faster than expected. So again, wear your items with care, do not expose them to harsh or common household chemicals, remove all jewellery before bathing, swimming or immersing in a hot tub or steam bath. Salt water, or humidity can degrade the enamel faster. Treat it like the precious item it is and it will last a lifetime! As with all jewellery, remove it before getting wet.
Very gently clean the piece with a soft toothbrush and mild soapy water. Ensure you dry the piece completely afterwards. Necklaces and earrings with moving parts should be stored flat, ensuring any chain is untangled to minimise breakages of the finer elements.