I will be the first to admit that before I became a jewelry designer, I took horrible care of my pieces. I remember losing two of my mother's hand-me-down vintage necklaces and breaking another. Jewelry is something that is timeless and should be passed on. But, that means taking good care of quality pieces to extend their life in our fashionable wardrobes! I have rounded up the best tips and tricks for caring for your favorite jewels and baubles!
Never wear your jewelry in the shower and especially not in the pool. Would you ever jump into a pool with your favorite Marc Jacobs bag or your new Miu Miu heels? Chlorine and prolonged immersion in variable temperatures can ruin your jewelry.
Jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning, after you apply your make-up, hair products and perfume. The chemicals can ruin your jewelry and increase tarnish on your favorite metals.
Ever wonder what the little silica gel packets are for that you find in many new purses? Don't throw them away! (I mean, really, "Do not eat"?! I hate to ask why this has to be included...but I digress.) Put a silica gel packet in your jewelry box to keep your jewelry moisture free and prevent tarnishing. You can pick up a pack of these on eBay.com for a mere $3 for a pack of 100.
Use clear nail polish or hodgepodge paste on your costume jewelry to keep it from chipping and discoloration. It also will maintain a great shine on the product.
I love rose gold jewelry and I wear it often. A tip for this particular metal is to keep it in a dark pouch or box with other rose gold items. This type of gold can tarnish easily with air and moisture due to the higher amount of copper mixed in this type of gold. Check out my favorite piece from our collection below!
One of the most frustrating things to do as a woman is to put a bracelet on by yourself. It takes double-jointed wrists or a buddy nearby. Here's a trick. Take a paperclip, as shown below, and string it through the end of the bracelet. Use your free hand to attach the clasp.
Untangle a stubborn knot in your necklace by adding baby powder, flour, or cornstarch to the knot and rubbing gently. Then take a safety pin to gently release the knot.
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