A fine antique piece should be thought of and cared for as such. To put it simply, we recommend our pieces to be thought of and worn like a silk dress rather than a pair of jeans.
At home, pieces should be kept in dry boxes or individual pouches. Jewelry shouldn't be jumbled together as stones and metal on one piece can scratch or dent another. Most items can be cleaned with a bit of non abrasive cleanser on a soft bristle toothbrush. Diamonds attract oils so it is best to take your diamonds off when applying lotions, but you can cut the oils while cleaning with an ammonia or vinegar based cleaner. Pieces that have closed back settings (usually dating to pre-1840) should not be submerged in water. Water could get behind the stones and not be able to drain out. It’s best to have rings with stones inspected by a jeweler a couple of times per year if possible. You can check if your stones are loose at home by poking at them with a pin point, if there is any movement, have them tightened up by your jeweler right away.
The biggest jewelry care myth is that jewelry can withstand being worn at all times. This is especially true of antique pieces but also applies to new pieces. Most people like to wear their favorite jewelry all the time but we recommend not wearing your most precious things while working out, gardening, sleeping or bathing... Rings should always be removed when doing anything strenuous with your hands like carrying heavy objects, biking, etc.
We do encourage you to have your items, especially rings to be checked by us once a year to make sure all the gemstones are tight and that the piece is in good condition to wear. It's not uncommon for gemstones to become loose over time and it is best to fix when they are loose before loosing the stone.