Most ladies are fond of jewelry and we all have a favorite, even if it is that one piece. However, the challenge comes in when we notice how quickly our jewelry begins to tarnish and there is nothing we can do about it apart from getting new ones! Now, this may prove difficult as some of us may be financially strained. Therefore, this article seeks to discuss the secrets and 6 tips to preserve fashion jewelry all year long!
1. ALWAYS KEEP YOUR JEWELRY CLEAN
The secret to maintaining your jewelry’s natural luster is to keep it dry and clean regardless whether it is a ring, bracelet, earring or neckpiece. Exposure of the jewelry to chemical products or any sort of cream, perfume, lotion or water accelerates the process of tarnishing.
This is especially common in metals such as bronze, copper, and brass; which easily oxidize and end up changing colors. Furthermore, jewelry plated with gold or silver will begin to chip. In order to prevent all these from happening to your jewelry, ensure you take them off before applying perfume, cream or even when washing your hands.
2. REMOVE THE JEWELRY WHEN YOU HAVE NO USE IN WEARING IT
The same jewelry should not be worn daily, alternating is the best key to ensure you preserve its newness. It is advisable that you do not wear jewelry to sleep as this only fastens the process of tarnishing. This may also lead to damage through breaking. A good example would be a necklace, and in the process of breaking, it may lead to scarring of your neck! Other jewelry like bangles can scratch your skin and leave it colored. Not a pleasant sight, is it?
Taking off jewelry also applies to when you are exercising or swimming. Sweat on the skin leads to a chemical reaction between the metal and the wearer’s skin. To avoid all these, avoid wearing jewelry in such unnecessary situations.
3. CLEAN YOUR JEWELRY AFTER EACH WEAR
The secret to ensuring your jewelry maintains that new look’ for as long as possible is simply to clean it after each wear. Although one might find this laborious, it actually goes a long way in helping the jewelry to last. Perfume or oil may accidentally get on the skin as you wear your bracelet or earring.
The least you could do is wipe them with a soft cloth so as to remove sweat or product residues, which tend to accelerate oxidation. However, it is best to avoid cleaners which contain alcohol, ammonia, vinegar or acid as these elements can cause damage to jewelry.
4. DO NOT COAT THE JEWELRY
Most people tend to coat their jewelry in an effort to protect them from getting old. This is definitely not recommended as it changes the color and appearance of the jewelry. The shine becomes tarnished and in the long run, the coat will come off, resulting in the chipping of the silver or gold plating.
Although wiping the jewelry alone is enough to prevent green traces on your skin, it is also possible to use colorless nail polish as the top coat. This will serve the purpose of preventing them from getting tarnished.
5. WEAR YOUR JEWELRY OCCASIONALLY
It is advisable to give your jewelry a break from time to time. Pieces of jewelry are not meant to be worn every other day. This is due to the fact that the more frequently you wear the same piece of jewelry, the faster it will discolor. In order to preserve your jewelry’s life, alternate what you wear from time to time. The greater the intervals at which you put on that specific jewelry, the longer it will look brand new.
If it is possible, change it according to your outfit. This will give each piece of jewelry enough rest period such that it does not tarnish quickly. Furthermore, fashion jewelry is quite affordable and so you can have as many of the same kind as you want!
6. STORE THE JEWELRY CAREFULLY
Most of us have a habit of storing all our jewelry in one big jewelry box. However, the best method to prevent chipping, tarnishing or formation of knots in chains is to store each jewelry individually in velvet or cotton pouches. As for your necklaces, you can hang them on hooks but ensure they do not come in contact with one another as this may lead to corrosion.
Taking care of your jewelry may seem tedious at first. However, as the more you do it, the more do it, the more accustomed you get to the routine of cleaning your jewelry. It does not even take up to five minutes, trust me! You should try this today and you will notice the difference!