Tips on Buying and Caring for Sustainable Jewelry.

Take care of your jewelry so that it lasts a lifetime and beyond.
Jun 15, 2010 2:40 PM ET

Whether or not the jewelry is for you or is to be given as a gift, it is always exciting when the jewelry is perfect out of the box. If you are purchasing a ring, Sulusso recommends that you confirm the ring size with a local jeweler. It is not advised that you try to determine your own ring size. The average ring size for women is 6 and the average for men is 10.

Most people are particular about the color metal of their jewelry. When shopping for someone else, pay attention to what he or she typically wears, rather than what is the latest trend. We recommend that you purchase a piece that aligns with the recipient's style and tastes.

When purchasing designer jewelry online through sites such as, you should be aware that the actual colors of gems and metals may vary from how they appear on your computer monitor. Every monitor is different.

There are several things you can do to protect your jewelry so that it lasts a lifetime and beyond:

  • Remove your jewelry and store it in a secure place before engaging in physical activities such as sports (especially water sports) or gardening.

  • When traveling, store your jewelry in your carry-on luggage. Do not pack jewelry in checked luggage or leave it out in the open in your hotel room when you are not there.

  • Clean your jewelry at least once a week to prevent dirt buildup.

  • Have your jewelry inspected annually by a trained jeweler who can identify if any gems are loose or if the jewelry has been compromised in any way.

  • When not wearing your jewelry, store it in a safe place that would not be obvious should you be the victim of a home robbery.

  • Silver jewelry will tarnish just by being exposed to chemicals in the air. Minimize this by storing silver jewelry in airtight bags or boxes.

  • We strongly encourage you to purchase insurance for any jewelry with a value of $1000 or more as a safeguard against having to pay out of pocket in the event of theft or damage. If you have renters or homeowners insurance, insuring your jewelry is often an easy and inexpensive add on. You can also insure your jewelry separately through a company such as Jewelers Mutual Insurance.

Learn more about purchasing and caring for sustainable jewelry at or call 888.777.7976.