This question is in everyone ’s mind at all times: When was the last time I washed my hands? Should I wash my hands again? Did I wash my hands long enough? Did I use the right soap? When we spend more time in front of the sink, there are a few things to consider besides maintaining good hygiene.

If in doubt, go to the sink.

The best and safest way to keep jewelry clean and beautiful is to clean it with a mild detergent, If you find any changes in your jewelry due to the use of hand sanitizer, please wash the jewelry immediately with warm, mild soapy water. This will remove any residual chemicals from the sanitizer. Give the jewelry to an experienced jeweler as soon as possible to assess the damage and discuss repair issues.

Pay attention to moisturizing

Moisturizing plays a crucial part in keeping hands germ-free. Hands that are cracked or dry lose their safety barrier, which could make the hand unable to absorb the antibacterial benefits of sanitizer and soap. But lotion can be problematic for items like engagement rings and other stones.

Rings set with gems can collect lotion or debris behind the stones, It is important to keep this area clean for many reasons. That buildup can be a prime place for bacteria or irritants to collect, which can lead to skin irritations. Also, decreased airflow behind the stone can trap moisture against the finger, which is also a common cause of irritation. And buildup of debris in a jewel can lead to unnecessary wear, and even loosening of prongs, which can result in lost stones.

Use common sense

while there is still little known about this novel coronavirus, based on information about viruses in general, it would be “reasonable to assume that it could be on any type of jewelry.” Hand-washing, then, continues to be the best line of defense.

The overriding advice is keeping the hands washed, keeping your hands to yourself and not touching your face, If you’re washing a lot more and wear rings, you can get irritation. So it’s not a bad idea to cut back on them if you’re trying to be really careful. But don’t just take off your rings without washing them.

If you’re worried about missing a spot on the hand that could be covered by a ring, it’s not a bad idea to remove it. But simply removing it is not enough.

If rings are contaminated and you pop them back on after washing your hands, you’ve recontaminated your hands, If you’re not going to disinfect your rings, you shouldn’t be taking them off and putting them back on. health care workers who remove their rings and scrub them are able to get bacteria off. “That’s bacteria though, not viruses. There are some pieces you might want to consider not wearing altogether.

And what about the maintenance of the jewelry itself? Hand sanitizer should not be used on any organic gems, like coral or pearls, The alcohol in the sanitizer can dry out the gems and lead to surface damage or cracking. Hand sanitizer is also not safe on porous stones like opals or turquoise. When in doubt, it is always better to take your jewelry off before washing your hands.