The 5 S's of Jewelry Care: How to Maintain Your Jewelry
So you've made this great jewelry piece, and you wear it every day. But soon you start noticing that it's just not as shiny as it was that first day you laid eyes on it. What a bummer right? I guess that's just how easy it is to tarnish jewelry. WRONG! There are so many things that work to tarnish our favourite pieces, and it's true, some of those elements can't be avoided, BUT there are a few basic habits that you can take up to keep your jewelry shining bright. They're easy to remember because they all start with an "S".
When you sleep you apply pressure to your jewelry for longer amount of time than if you were just walking around during the day. The clasps, prongs, and attachments on your jewelry that work hard to maintain it's shape are being put through more wear and tear this way. What's more, all of the oil, dirt, and chemicals that may have accumulated on your jewelry throughout the day are still being harboured in the nooks and crannies. This can affect your skin as well. Best practices are to remove your pieces before you go to sleep, and to wipe them down with a clean microfiber cloth. This way you're preserving your favorite pieces, and making sure your skin gets a breather too!
Water is a big no-no when it comes to jewelry that isn't made from gold. Even highly priced silver and brass will get a tarnished look when exposed to water. Although the latter can be cleaned, it's quite a hassle. Your best bet is to take your jewelry off before you hop in the shower.
This means any perfume, lotion, hairspray, you name it, that you spray or apply to yourself. The chemicals quicken the tarnishing process of your jewelry by discolouring the metal or gems. Even white gold and platinum aren't necessarily safe from harsh chemicals. Some products like sunscreen and lotion might not be as corrosive, however they create a film on the metal that will result in a dull dingy look. There's a saying, "Your jewelry should be the last thing you put on before you leave the house, and the first thing you take off when you come home."
Both chlorine and saltwater can damage your pretty accessories, so ensure they're tucked away safely before you hit the surf! If you do get pool or sea water on your jewelry, don't worry too much. Just make sure you wash it with some gentle soap and then dry off completely before putting it away.
Now we all like to look cute at the gym, or at least presentable. But sweat is a jewelry assassin! Plus, I don't know about you, but lifting with rings, or doing burpees with bracelets or a necklace is kinda annoying. Definitely opt to keep those accessories at home or in a locker while sculpting those buns.
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