How do you keep your costume jewellery looking as good as new for many years?
This is a question that is often asked of me and indeed this is easily very possible if you are prepared to make that little bit of effort when caring for your favourite pieces.
The best way to look after your costume jewellery is to keep it clean and dry, always remove it before bedtime, showering or swimming as constant exposure to chlorine or soapy water will loosen stones and rot beading wire. This doesn’t mean you don’t clean it in some way and how you do this will depend on the item, how it is made, and what it is made of.
Try to keep silver especially in a jewellery box or a box which closes. Constant exposure to the air does mean it will tarnish easily and need cleaning more often.
Use a specialist silver soak for cleaning and rinse well afterwards.
Take care not to let chains tangle as this will obviously weaken the links when you have to unravel them.
Baby wipes which are soap free are ideal for cleaning beaded items. Make sure that you dry well afterwards and buff with a soft cloth.
Metal and Stones
Use a dry soft toothbrush to remove debris from metal based items with stones and soak in water with washing up liquid and again use a toothbrush to clean. Rinse afterwards and be sure to dry off properly, a hairdryer is a good idea.
Taking a little bit of care when wearing, storing and cleaning your costume jewellery will definitely extend its lifetime, so even though it possibly didn’t cost a lot, it still deserves a little bit of care and attention to keep it looking good.
Keep your sparkly things sparkling by storing in them the dark and making sure that they don’t catch or rub against other items as they will have a rougher finish. (glitter like the little beauties in the photo) or sharper corners (diamanté).
All it takes is a bit of TLC and your costume jewellery will stay looking good for years. So just use a bit of common sense, treat it gently and feel free to ask if you are unsure how to keep it clean and looking as good as new, and I will be happy to help if I can.