When you’re cleaning your valuables over a sink, try to avoid dropping or losing them by plugging the drain ahead of time. It is far too difficult to hang on to your jewelry when you’re working with soap. By plugging the drain, you’ll prevent your jewelry from getting sucked up in it. Gently rub the piece with a damp cloth, to keep the setting’s integrity. Follow this by gently drying the item with a soft, dry cloth. Costume jewelry should never be cleaned with chemicals or steam. You should never wear your jewelry while swimming. Jewelry can be damaged by strong chemicals like chlorine, making your pieces less shiny and durable. Likewise, salt water can also damage your jewelry. Take your jewelry off first to keep it from becoming damaged or tarnished.