Over time jewelry begins to lose its shine. Whether it’s costume or fine jewelry taking care of your favorite sentimental pieces is simple and easy with the proper daily regimen and will ensure that your favorite baubles stand the test of time. We’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to ensure that your jewels will sparkle and shine for years to come.
1. Avoid Chemicals
Keeping your treasured jewels away from chemicals such as skin care products, perfumes, and chemically treated surfaces will prevent discoloration and tarnishing.
2. Don’t Sweat It
Avoid wearing your jewelry at the gym, sauna, or pool. Over time the chemicals from your body’s natural perspiration or prolonged moisture will cause even your finest pieces to corrode.
3. Keep It Dry
Remove any sweat or dirt by wiping your jewels down with a soft cloth at the end of the day.
4. Safe Storage
Keeping your jewelry in a ziplock bag or the pouch that it came in will help prevent your jewels from oxidizing and scratching. Metals like Sterling Silver should be kept in an anti-tarnish bag or cloth.
5. Avoid Prolonged Sun Exposure
Exposing your jewelry to UV rays will fade your favorite pieces over time. Certain gemstones like Rose Quartz and Amethyst fade with prolonged sun exposure and will appear dull.
6. Use Simple Cleaning Techniques
Avoid using toothpaste or rubbing alcohol – these methods will dull and scratch your pieces. Instead, opt for gentle dish soap and warm water to clean your jewels. Use a makeup brush or toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach crevices.
7. Switch it Up
Give your favorites a break. Rotate your favorite baubles to extend their life.
8. Material Matters
Each material or metal should be treated differently. While this list gives you general cleaning tips for MOST jewelry do your research to ensure that you are taking the proper precautions when caring for your treasures.
What are some of your tried and true methods to keep your jewels glowing? We’d love to hear about your tips and tricks! Share your thoughts in the comments.