Fashion Jewelry is made of a variety of materials like glass, enamel, brass, copper, jute and leather to name a few. They are polished, coated or plated with different finishes like gold, silver or copper to enhance the piece. With proper use and care, your fashion jewelry pieces can last you a lifetime. There are some general tips on how to care for them but depending upon the material of the fashion jewelry you have to take extra care to protect it.
Tips on how to care for fashion jewelry
Do not expose fashion jewelry to chlorine, perfume, hairspray, nail polish and other harsh chemicals.
Always store each jewelry piece separately in a plastic re- closable bag to protect it from humidity.
Avoid storing your jewelry box in extreme temperatures. Store it in a cool or warm place.
If the jewelry gets wet, pat dry it with a soft cloth before storing it.
Wipe the jewelry pieces with a soft felt cloth before storing it. If the piece needs deep cleaning use jewelry cleaning cloth or a jewelry polishing cream (read manufacturers label before use).
Sterling Silver jewelry oxidizes with time. Clean them with jewelry cleaning cloths after every use and store in plastic bags to avoid tarnish.
Clean semi-precious stone jewelry with a soft felt cloth after each use. Do not let gemstones rub against each other.
All plated jewelry loses its plating if not cared for properly. Clean with a soft felt cloth after each use and store in plastic bags.
Glass or Crystal jewelry pieces are very delicate and could break easily. They should be stored between layers of cotton to avoid breakage.
Although Enamel doesn’t break or chip off, it has to be protected. If it falls on a hard floor it could chip the enamel of the jewelry piece or worse the enamel could come off.
Leather jewelry will change its color shade with time and exposure to sun. It has to be oiled and conditioned with mink oil to increase its life span and keep it supple and soft. Do not expose leather to high temperatures and moisture.
With proper care your favorite fashion jewelry pieces will become timeless classics that you will enjoy for a lifetime.