TAKE CARE OF YOUR FASHION JEWELRY
In addition to being popular, fashionable, and eye-catching, fashion jewellery can also be durable and can last for years. We, at The Color Craft will share some useful tips for taking care of your beloved costume pieces. Take care of your mask chains and fancy necklaces too, with these tips.
1. KEEP YOUR FASHION JEWELLERY DRY AND TARNISH FREE
Do not do dishes, bathe, do laundry or even go swimming with your costume jewelry. Why? Many cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can change the color of your fashion jewelry when they come in contact with it. The chlorinated water in a swimming pool can react with the metals in your fashion/costume jewelry causing your bracelet/bangle, necklace and earrings (earring hooks in particular) to change color or begin to tarnish.
2. DO NOT USE JEWELRY CLEANER ON FASHION/COSTUME PIECES
Jewelry cleaners made for authentic silver, gold or platinum jewelry pieces are way too harsh for fashion/costume jewelry. The harsh chemical in your jewelry cleaner will therefore further ruin your beloved fashion piece.
3. LET YOUR JEWELRY BE THE LAST THING ON AND THE FIRST THING OFF
This means that your jewelry should be put on after you've put on all of your clothing, lotions. makeup and perfume and removed first when taking off your clothes and makeup. Doing this will ensure that your jewelry does not come into contact with your lotion/cream and perfume which can also contribute to tarnishing or a change in color of your costume piece.
As women, we love to put perfumes behind our ears, on our necks or on our hands where our pulse points are. Ensuring that our jewelry (earrings, necklaces, bracelets) goes on after we've perfumed /lotioned up is a very key component in preserving our pieces and keeping them tarnish free. (The rule goes for makeup & hairspray as well.)
Removing your jewelry before you take your clothes off is also important. Imagine your necklace or earring getting caught in your shirt or dress when taking it off and that favored piece of jewelry breaking! This can be avoided. Remove all jewelry before taking your clothes off.
4. STORE YOUR FASHION/COSTUME JEWELRY CORRECTLY!
Most fashion/costume pieces deteriorate quickly because they are not stored properly. I highly recommend storing costume/fashion jewelry in AIR TIGHT plastic bags when not in use. Make sure that all the air is squeezed out to prevent oxidization. You can also try wrapping your fashion piece in "anti-tarnish paper/strips, which are very affordable too!
5. CLEAN YOUR FASHION/COSTUME JEWELRY BEFORE STORING THEM!
Keep your fashion/costume jewelry looking fresh and fabulous by cleaning them with basic soap and water and then wiping them clean and patting them completely dry before storing them.
6. TRAVEL WITH YOUR FASHION JEWELRY – KEEP THEM IN SEPARATE PACKETS OR COMPARTMENT
Keep your fashion/costume jewelry in separate packets or compartments of your jewelry pouch while travelling. They tend to break when pressure is applied on them. Keep them safe!