As with all jewelry, wear with care. In order to keep your gold vermeil,gold filled and sterling silver pieces looking their best avoid wearing while sleeping, showering, jumping in pools, using cleaning supplies or any harsh chemicals and applying lotion. This plating process & base metal are intended to last for decades if the proper care instructions are met. If you'd like to clean your jewels after some wear use a mild dish detergent and mix inside a bowl of warm water. Let your piece of jewelry sit for 15 - 30 minutes. Then use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the stones and settings. If the toothbrush is not soft bristled it will scratch your piece. Rinse with warm water and dry off with a microfiber towel or lint free cloth. Jewelry cleaning cloths may be too harsh on the gold plating & filled and can remove the gold prematurely. Use jewelry cleaning cloths on silver pieces only. The detergent dish soap method can also be used on silver jewelry.