Jewelries are always tempting to have but have we ever thought of how to care for them or make them last? Whether it’s fine or costume jewelry, there’s always a sentimental reason behind every piece of jewelry you buy, and you’ll want to wear it forever. Luxfurni Lifestyle has some quick and easy tips to take care of your jewelry to prevent tarnishing, scratches and dullness. Here it is.
1. Don’t just put it anywhere, especially wood.
Avoid leaving your jewelry on chemically treated surfaces or on wood which can stain or speed up the tarnishing process. This is very important as we often take this for granted.
2. Keep in a zip lock bag
Over time, your jewelry comes in contact with moisture and air which causes it to eventually tarnish. Put it in a zip lock bag and squeeze out all the air before sealing. Always remember air and moisture cause oxidation, pretty much in everything.
3. Store your silver with chalk or silica gel.
Chalk absorbs moisture, or if you find that dusty, invest in some dehumidifiers or silica gels. This will keep your jewelry dry and moisture free for a longer amount of time.
4. Keep your jewelry dry and away from chemical products
Don’t wear your jewelry then apply lotions, perfume or hairspray. Never wear silver jewelry when you go swimming or at the sauna. We can emphasize this enough. Moisture is the worst thing you can allow your jewelry to come in contact with.
5. Avoid direct sunlight
The color of gemstones will become dull when exposed to too much light. Make sure to store it away from direct sunlight.
6. Give it a rest
Jewelry isn’t meant to be worn 24/7, give it a break and show some love to other pieces of jewelry. Also, make sure to take your jewelry off when sleeping. This will certainly make that luster last longer than usual.
7. Keep gold jewelry separately from silver jewelry
Gold scratches easily more than silver, so keep them in individual soft cloth bags or the original boxes they came with. Make sure to separate gold from silver materials. This will keep your jewelry looking brand new all the time.
8. Wipe thoroughly
At the end of the day, wipe your jewelry with an anti-tarnish cloth before storing it away. This will make sure any lingering moisture; oils or dust is gone.
9. Toothpaste doesn't work all the time
That home remedy is too abrasive and will damage your jewelry in the long run.
10. Use dishwashing soap and warm water
For pieces that are dull, filmy, or starting to discolor, mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water and rub the jewelry with a soft cloth. Rinse in cool water and buff with a cloth until dry.
11. Give your jewelry a no-soak treatment
For pearls and other porous stones, use a small makeup brush dipped in shampoo and water to clean. Use a damp cloth to wipe the pearl.
12. Apply clear nail polish
For costume jewelry, try applying a thin layer of colorless nail polish on any part of the jewelry that comes into contact with your skin. This helps protect the jewelry from tarnish over time.
13. Use a good jewelry cabinet
Taking good care of your jewelry and putting in the right care to make it last is one thing but proper storage is everything. Make sure to get a good jewelry cabinet with anti-tarnish velvet lining. Choose one with automatic LED lights for showcasing and check for maximum storage. This is one investment you will never regret, especially when it comes to a full-length mirror-like LUXFURNI.