Handmade jewelry is more delicate than manufactured jewelry, but with proper care it should last for years to come! Jewelry should always be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. Place jewelry in an airtight bag or box to protect it from tarnishing. Perfumes, lotions, hair spray, sweat, swimming pools and salt water are all elements that may make your sterling silver, vermeil and gold-filled tarnish quickly. To clean, gently wipe it with a polishing cloth.