Wednesday, September 1, 2010

How to Care for Your Jewelry

 Photo by Melissa Diep

We often get asked by brides and jewelry lovers alike, how to take care of the jewelry they are purchasing.  The good news, is with a few simple steps, your jewelry can last a long time!  Here are our top 5 tips to keep it looking as good as the day it was purchased.

1) Don't wear it in the shower!  Moisture can tarnish the surface of some costume jewelry, so always take it off when you're in the shower or bath.  Ditto for the pool and when washing dishes.

2) Store it properly.  When you're not wearing your pieces, keep them stored in Ziploc bags or in the boxes they came in.  This will limit the jewelry's exposure to oxidation, which can break down metal over time.  Proper storage will also help keep everything free of scratches and tangles too.

3) Put it on last.  Hairspray, lotions, and perfumes are not your jewelry's friend.  Keep everything free of sticky residue by making sure jewelry is the last thing you put on in the morning.

4) Make it shine.  If you notice your silver colored jewelry looking less than fabulous, take a soft buff cloth to it to buff away tarnishOr, dip it in a costume jewelry compatible cleaner.

5) Take it to the doctor.  If you notice loose stones, clasps, or prongs, take your jewelry to a jeweler to be repaired.  Having that stone reset now will prevent you from having to get it replaced later.

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