How to Take Care of Your Jewelry
People spend a lot of time daydreaming about sparkly things but less time taking care of that shimmer once they have it in their hands. And then they wonder why the shine that was once there fades through time. Raise your hand if you're guilty!
So, to help you keep your beloved sparklers sparkling, we're ranking up some tips and tricks for keeping them clean even on your busy schedule.
TAKE IT OFF BEFORE IT GETS WET
Chemicals can easily harm your jewelry, so make sure to take it off when you know you are going to get wet. Whether you're in the shower, the pool or a hot tub, any contact with harmful chemicals like soap or chlorine can fade the color of the jewelry, no matter how much it's supposed to be water or chemical-proof. Also, your jewelry are adverse to performing strenuous activities that can cause you to sweat, so think about it before you mow the lawn, haul rocks, do contact sports, among other things.
BE CAREFUL WITH LIGHT AND HEAT
Just as the sun’s harmful rays can damage the skin, light and heat can affect a jewelry's durability and color. If you're going to get exposed to the sun for a long time--say, you're on field work or going to the beach--then it's best not to wear your precious accessories.
Clean your jewelry regularly using a proper cleaner, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent, then add warm water. Using an old toothbrush or a soft brush, scrub gently on areas where dust and soap collect. Then just rinse and pat dry with a soft cloth. Avoid using tissue or paper towels as they contain fibers that can cause scratches.
STORE IT PROPERLY
Store your jewelry in a container that prevent pieces from moving around. While fabric-lined jewelry boxes are ideal, your container can be as simple as using a shoe box and pieces of fabric. Also remember that jewelry, especially silver and gold, tarnishes when it's not worn. To maintain the luster of your jewelry, place silver anti-tarnish strips in your storage container to absorb the oxidants that discolor and tarnish jewelry.