Your favorite jewelry pieces are certainly precious and probably hold sentimental value, whether they are expensive or not. So, it’s only natural that you want to do everything in your power to protect them from damage and keep them in your collection for years to come… Here are some useful tips to help you preserve them like new, so they don’t lose even a little bit of their sparkle!
- Take them off before you go to bed.
It’s very important to remove your jewelry in the evening at bedtime, both for their protection and yours. Jewelry in bed can cause abrasions and other accidents.
- Take them off before you do activities that could harm them.
It is always a good idea to remove jewelry before physical activities such as exercising, swimming, gardening, cooking or housework. Handmade jewelry especially, which is more delicate in its crafting, could be particularly affected by knocks and clumsy movements.
- Avoid exposure to water
As previously mentioned, you should also remove jewelry when bathing, swimming or washing your hands. Also, make sure not to leave them in wet places or spots where moisture has gathered. Water can speed up the rusting process and dull them more quickly.
- Keep them away from chemicals
Bleach, acids or even perfumes or creams are particularly harmful to precious metals as well as to the precious and semi-precious stones that are often found in handmade jewelry. Contact with these substances should therefore be avoided. If you are preparing for an outing, wear the jewelry after you have completed your beauty regime and applied your perfume for several minutes.
- Store them in the right way.
Choose a fabric-lined jewelry box to avoid friction. Ideally, store the chains in separate pouches so they don’t get tangled. In addition, if possible, do not keep pearls in the same place as gemstones as gems could scratch them upon contact. Finally, make sure your jewelry box is in a shady, cool place, away from direct sunlight and, of course, any moisture.
If you haven’t paid much attention to this matter until now, fear not. It’s never too late to begin taking proper care of your beloved jewelry… Just start following these easy tips today!
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