While we all dig some good ol’ precious jewelry, it usually comes with its own list of cons. Apart from coughing up a huge amount of money, it lacks safety, practicality & versatility.
And in the time of variety, kitsch and fast fashion, fashion jewelry is easily our superhero! Hoarding up on every latest trend, a new pair of earrings with every dress, layers of necklaces and pendants, while living up to the trend of multi-finger rings. We love all of it! We want to add more to our carts so that every day is completed with a touch of our personality reflecting in our beautiful accessories.
Well, all of this is great but it’s imperative to keep our jewels clean and make sure that they last long. A small, easy-to-follow list of dos & don’ts to keep your jewelry spick and span is coming your way:
SEGREGATE & STORE
If you have different types of jewelry, it is important to separate them before the cleaning process - stones from gold plated, enamel from regular silver polish - think washing your whites separately in the washing machine, works in the exact same way! You don’t want the polish on a piece of jewelry to tarnish another piece.
Fashion jewelry is meant to be worn rather occasionally as it is more prone to damage. Do not wear those beautifully crafted pieces to shower, while stepping in the pool, during a workout, cooking or even while washing utensils. Say no to rough activities with jewels on!
KEEP IT DRY
REPAIR & FIX
While it is recommended to apply transparent nail paint to enhance the luster of jewelry, we recommend against it as it can make the pieces look inexpensive & degraded when it starts to peel off.Also, in case you’re missing any stones/beads or even need to fix the closures, it is possible to get it fixed by the jeweler you bought it from or any fashion jewelry shop at a fraction of the cost.
Go with warm water and a soft toothbrush/small sponge for routine cleaning. For tarnishes and deeper stains, you can try using a mild shampoo and brush it clean for reviving the colour of your jewelry. Remember to completely dry out the pieces before putting it back in storage.
Everyone's got that favorite piece of fashion jewelry - the necklace given as a gift by your B.F.F or that pair of earrings that you found at a flea market that perfectly matches your favorite kurti - every piece deserves just as much TLC as any real-deal gem. And maintaining a check-list of these essential hacks will keep your jewelry last you a long, long time.
So, what are you waiting for? Start with your accessory routine check already!