Whether it’s fine or costume jewellery, there’s always a sentimental reason behind every piece of jewellery you buy, and you’ll want to wear it forever. Here are some quick and easy tips to take care of your jewellery to prevent tarnishing, scratches and dullness.
#1 Keep it away from wood
Avoid leaving your jewellery on chemically treated surfaces or on wood which can stain or speed up the tarnishing process.
#2 Keep it in a ziplock bag
Over time, your jewelry comes in contact with moisture and air which causes it to eventually tarnish. Put it in a ziplock bag and squeeze out all the air before sealing.
3. Store your silver with chalk
Chalk absorbs moisture, or if you find that dusty, invest in some dehumidifiers or silica packs.
4. Keep your jewellery dry and away from skincare
Don’t wear your jewellery then apply lotions, perfume or hairspray. Never wear silver jewellery when you go swimming or at the sauna.
5. Avoid leaving it in sunlight
The colour of gemstones will become dull when exposed to too much light.
6. Put your pieces on rotation
Jewellery isn’t meant to be worn 24/7, give it a break and show some love to other pieces of jewellery.
7. Keep gold jewellery separately from silver jewellery
Gold scratches easily, so keep them in individual soft cloth bags or the original boxes they came it.
8. Give it a wipe
At the end of the day, wipe your jewellery with an anti-tarnish cloth before storing it away. This will make sure any lingering moisture, oils or dust is gone.
9. Do not use toothpaste
That home remedy is too abrasive and will damage your jewellery in the long run.
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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 jewellery 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.
This article originally appeared in Harper's Bazaar Singapore. All images: Her World Brides