We know the value of good jewelry items and their importance in lifting up an ordinary outfit. These pieces are so hard to find and even harder to keep. If handled with care, a good jewelry piece can last several years in your wardrobe, ready to be paired with any outfit of your choice.
Here is our curated list of 5 hacks that will help make your jewelry last longer:
1) Soak and wipe
Did you know that everyday pantry items could restore the shine of your jewelry?
A tarnished silver piece can be brought back to life by soaking it into tomato juice or ketchup for a few hours.
A mixture of baking soda, warm water, salt and white vinegar makes a great recipe for cleaning your silver jewelry.
For your gold pieces, the best soak would be beer or white vinegar. Once you have dipped your jewelry pieces for a couple of hours, you can gently wipe them with a tissue paper or a cleaning towel for best results. You can also dip your diamond jewelry in alcohol before scrubbing it gently.
A word of caution: Do not store your items until they are completely dry. Moisture causes mildew and rust, the two most common problems faced by jewelry lovers.
2) Rub it with toothbrush
The simplest method to clean all types of gemstones is to scrub them gently with a toothbrush and soap. Toothpaste is also a very effective jewelry cleaner. Do note that this hack is only effective for stones. Do not use this on pearls or artificial jewelry.
If you feel too scared to use a toothbrush, you should try out the cotton cloth. The cloth, if used regularly, can help protect your jewelry by removing all the oils and grease from its surface.
*Note: make sure to grab a soft bristled toothbrush
3) Cloth bags for the win
Lumping all the jewelry pieces together in a big drawer can cause a lot of unwanted damage to your favourite jewelry pieces. Always use separate cloth bags to store your accessories to avoid scratches and tangles.
Plastic or wooden boxes are not the most effective options as the surface of these containers may cause damage to the jewelry. So only use them if they are lined with a fine fabric. Also, some jewels like opals and pearls need fabric to breathe and are better off in cloth pouches.
An additional storage hack:
Sprinkle talcum powder in your containers so that it absorbs all the moisture and keeps your jewelry slippery and untangled. This hack is great for long multi-layered necklaces and intricate chain based designs.
4) Avoid water, sweat and perfume
Don’t wear your jewelry while engaging in a heavy physical activity. Store it away while hitting the gym, avoid exposing it to water, avoid wearing it to swimming, bathing or to the beach.
Also, perfume is known to be the biggest enemy of your jewelry’s shine. The best practice is to wear your jewelry after applying your perfume so that it doesn’t affect your jewelry’s shine.
5) Coat and protect
A great way to maintain your jewelry for a long time is to coat it with a clear nail polish. This builds a layer of protection around your accessories, protecting them from dirt and rust. Another great product that is specially designed for this purpose is the clear jewelry gloss spray. Spraying your jewelry with gloss also builds a layer around it and keeps it from rusting and chipping. While spraying, ensure to cover the stones with masking tape so that their shine is not coated away by the gloss.
We all love buying the perfect piece of jewelry but we do little to maintain its polished look. Whether you are already a jewelry enthusiast or are on the road to becoming one, the hacks mentioned above will surely help you maintain your jewelry at a minimal cost.
Do you have a hack that you swear by? Share it in the comments below.