How to clean jewelry?
Keeping your jewelry beautiful and sparkling can be a task. Fashion jewelry or cheap jewelry and some vintage and handmade jewelry can’t take wear-and-tear the way fine jewelry can. They tarnish from water, air exposure and even creams and lotions. Learning how to care for your jewelry so that they remain beautiful for as long as possible is key, especially if you want to wear them for years to come.
Read on to find out how to clean fashion jewelry in just a few simple steps.
Use Gentle Soap
Unlike the real deal, fashion jewelry is made from affordable imitation materials. And while you shouldn’t necessarily be exposing your real jewelry to harsh chemicals either, fashion jewelry is far more susceptible to chipping, fading, and unwanted changes in color. Instead of jewelry cleaner, use a couple drops of the mildest soap you can find at home (baby shampoo is a great option) and mix it with just a few drops of warm water.
Wash With Care
Using a soft microfiber cloth, gently massage the surface of the jewelry. Depending on the shape of the item, you may also want to use a cotton swab to get in between the cracks. An old toothbrush isn’t a bad tool to utilize either, but only if the bristles are extremely soft. Many pieces of fashion jewelry are plated with a thin layer of silver or gold, which is likely to wear off if you use anything abrasive.
Rinse and Dry
Use cool water (warm and hot water can be rough on the glue that’s often used in fashion or cheap jewelry) to fully rinse the piece. Dry immediately using a clean, soft cloth. The key to cleaning fashion jewelry is to avoid getting it wet for any longer than you absolutely have to since moisture can also cause damage. You can also use a blow-dryer (on the cool setting) to speed up the drying process.
Keep It Clean
One of the best ways to clean fashion jewelry is to be careful with it from the start. Spray perfume, hair spray, and rub on lotion before putting on your jewelry. Since anything water-based can potentially tarnish your jewelry, even perfume and lotions can tarnish the finish. Remove all rings before washing your hands and applying lotions, moisturizers, and makeup. Preserve your items by storing them in individual bags inside of a jewelry box. You might try storing the jewelry in ziplock bags. Designate one piece per bag. Put the jewelry in. Squeeze all the air out of the bag. Then close it. By doing this you will protect them from scratching and scraping while slowing down the oxidation process.
By following these few simple tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite jewelry for years to come. Check out Moda Dulce’s amazing jewelry designs and find your favorite piece here.