How should I care for, and clean my Jewelry?

One of the most important aspects of maintaining the beauty of a piece of jewelry over its lifetime is the amount of care put into its preservation. Depending on the material used to craft your ring, it is a good idea to not wear it while performing any strenuous work - including exercising, working on your home or any other heavy labor; blows to the ring may bend its prongs, the ring itself, or could even chip your stone.
Although diamond is known as the hardest material on earth, it still runs the risk of being chipped: a hard blow to the girdle (its middle) or culet (the pointy bottom) may damage it. Aside from this, however, diamond is essentially indestructible.
To ensure the longevity of your jewels it's best to store it in a jewelry box or an enclosed area where there are no other metals, as this could scratch your item or wear down the metal and its prongs.
For cleaning at home, you can mix soap and hot water into a bowl, let your jewelry soak for about 10 minutes, then use a toothbrush to gently scrub until all dirt has been removed, and then rinse with water. This is not recommended for pearls or opals.