Don’t you just hate it when your favorite jewellery starts fading or gets that weird, unappealing tint? Oxidation and time are the worst enemies of any jewellery and the only way to beat them is to take care of your collection from the moment you purchase your next accessory – here’s how:
Regular maintenance is essential. To clean your fine jewellery, use a toothbrush and mild soap – avoid any abrasive cleaners, which can damage the metal and the softer gems. Simply soak your jewellery in some warm soapy water for 10 minutes, then use a soft toothbrush to loosen any dirt that might have gathered around the prongs.
Don’t leave your jewellery out in the open to collect dust and dirt. Instead, invest in individual cloth bags and put your fine jewellery separately. Dumping your entire jewellery collection in one drawer can damage the individual pieces. Another quick tip: any pearl or opal jewellery should be kept in fabric, instead of plastic, as these need to “breathe” in order to look their best!
Change your routine a bit, so you’ll always put your perfume before your jewellery. Perfumes, as well as any alcohol-based products, can destroy the gold and silver coating and ruin the appearance of your favorite accessories.
Avoid going to the bathroom or the shower, when you have your jewellery on – the water can damage the coating. Also, put away your jewelry, when you’re working out, as the sweat and perspiration can cause wear.
Coating your jewellery with clear nail polish is the single most effective way – apart from taking really good care of it – to extend the life of your jewellery collection. Apart from protecting the jewellery from wear, the nail polish will also prevent it from tarnishing and turning your skin green!