One of the most important
things you should remember about fashion jewelry is that unlike fine jewelry
that is made of precious metal and stone, it will tarnish and fade and can look
quite unattractive if not well cared for.
Fashion jewelry can be
versatile, with designs that allow you to wear your jewelry for any occasion.
However, because jeweler's cement is often used to create those designs, it is
important that you take special precautions when cleaning your fashion jewelry.
Moreover, despite your
efforts, dust will sooner or later find its way onto your beloved jewels. When
dirt and oil collects on the surface of a gem, it interferes with how the stone
can reflect and transmit light, thereby diminishing the life of the stone, and
eventually, extinguishing it completely. Luckily, keeping your gems sparkling
takes very little time and effort, and the results are tremendous. Therefore,
you'll need to do some light cleaning from time to time.
Here are some care and
1 Fashion jewelry should be worn last and taken off first while
dressing. This is to prevent make-up and other cosmetics from accidentally
staining your jewelry.
2 Never wear your jewelry in the shower. Soap residue and hair
conditioner, similar to lotions and moisturizers, do not rinse as thoroughly
from your gemstones as they do from your skin and hair. These oils will attract
dirt, therefore, dulling the life of your stones. Also, rhinestone jewelry with
foil backing should never be submerged into water
3 Always handle your jewelry on the metal surfaces only...do not
place your fingers on the stones. Thus, even after you wipe off your
fingerprints, residual oils remain and act like dirt magnets throughout the
4 Mild soap and warm water on a soft cloth or a toothbrush is
sufficient to clean most jewelry items. For severely tarnished items,
commercial jewelry cleaners i.e. "Jewelry Wipes" (which are sold on
the website) can be used safely on most metals. However, organic gems like
pearls, amber, coral and porous gems like turquoise and opal should NEVER be
subjected to chemicals. For these gems, wipe gently with a soft cloth after
5 Finally, make sure that you are gentle when cleaning your
jewelry. If you use a toothbrush in addition to, or in place of a cloth, make
sure that it has soft bristles.
jewelry is not meant to last forever, but why not try to make it last, as long
as you can. We hope these tips help guide you on how to care for your fashion
jewelry, in order to give your jewelry collection the longevity that it