How to take care of your jewelry
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By now, I’m sure you’ve amassed a pretty decent collection of necklaces, rings, bracelets…- but do you know how to take care of your jewelry? There are two types of jewelry: fine and costume. Fine jewelry is made out of metals and precious or semi-precious stones, while costume jewelry is the kind you can pick up at your nearest Forever 21, for example.
Wearing your jewelry.
– Take off your jewelry to work out or do any kind of strenuous activity. Sweat will damage the pigmentation of your jewelry, and you may break it by mistake.
– Put on your jewelry after you put on your makeup and perfume. Cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume contain chemicals that may damage your jewelry.
– Don’t wear your jewelry in the pool or spa. Chlorinated water and the metals found in your jewelry shouldn’t mix. You may also end up losing that precious pendant your mother gave you- so why risk it? Take your jewelry off before getting in the water- this also includes the beach and the shower.
Cleaning your jewelry.
– When it comes to fine jewelry, there are different solutions that would clean just about any metal. But DIY solutions also exist! Just remember to be gentle while cleaning, and to work on a well-lit, well-ventilated area. Have you smelled that solution to clean silver? Smells awful!
– After cleaning your jewelry, make sure it’s completely dry before storing it.
– Dust is your jewelry’s worst enemy, and your own body oils are pretty bad too. Wipe down your jewelry after wearing it with soft flannel to get rid of any residue.
Caring for your costume jewelry.
– You know how gold costume jewelry loses coloring over time? To keep your faux golds looking good longer, cover them with a clear coat of nail polish!
– Take off your rings and bracelets before your wash your hands, to avoid discoloration caused by water.
– There are special cloths used to clean fine jewelry (especially silver) that work wonder for costume jewelry as well. Another choice you already have lying around in your house, is the little cloth you use to clean your glasses.
Caring for your diamonds.
Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. In an ideal world, all girls would own at least one fabulous diamond! If you need information on how to buy, sell diamonds, or simply have a diamond question (like what are the 4 Cs?) here’s a handy guide from Diamond Whisperer.
– The easiest way to clean diamonds is to use a small jewelry brush (if you don’t have one, a soft toothbrush for babies will work just fine).
– There are many products available to clean diamonds, but for an at-home solution, mix a mild detergent and warm water in a small bowl. Let your diamonds soak for a couple of minutes before scrubbing them with the brush.
– Rinse the jewelry and let it air dry.
– Store your diamond jewelry separately form others, in a jewelry box or individual pouch. This will keep your jewelry from getting scratches, and will prevent your diamonds from scratching other jewelry as well.
Storing your jewelry.
– Store your jewelry in a dry, cool place, as direct sunlight can change the color of your precious and semi-precious stones.
– Store your fine jewelry in separate pouches to avoid scratching. You have a little more leeway when it comes to costume pieces.
– When storing necklaces, make sure they’re not tangled together. You could break them as you take them apart, and as I’m sure you know, untangling necklaces get really frustrating, really quickly.
– When traveling, make sure you pack all your jewelry in separate bags. You can find cheap pouches online, or you can even use a zip lock bag and tissue paper.