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Jewellery is an accessory that can transform a boring outfit in to a stylish look and a casual outfit in to a formal look. Costume jewellery is a wonderful choice because of its affordability and availability in a versatile styles.
The most important rule to protect your costume jewellery is to avoid contact with water, moisturizer, hairspray, perfume, makeup or any other harsh chemicals. Jewellery should be always be the last on & first off. Our skin can also transfer moisture, oil or acid on to the jewellery, so it’s always a good habit to wipe jewellery with a dry and soft cloth after every use. Time to time you’ll also need to do a more thorough cleaning of your jewellery pieces.
How to take care of your Wood and Bone Jewellery
Wood jewellery can be damaged with exposure to water, moisture, or dust. You can use a non-abrasive microfiber cloth like the Blitz Wood Polishing Cloth to wipe down the surface of your wood jewellery. This cloth treated with carnauba and beeswax made for delicate surfaces such as musical instruments and is safe for use on wood jewellery. Bone jewellery should be cleaned with a soft dry cloth.
How to take care of your Glass Jewellery
Glass beads become dull over time particularly when worn against the skin or left open. The most cleaning common solution is to use a household glass cleaner with a soft absorbent cloth. You can also use rubbing alcohol or mild liquid dishwashing solution. After cleaning, make sure that all the beads and underlying thread are completely dry before you store your jewellery.
How to take care of your Leather Jewellery
Leather jewellery can be treated with shoe polish, cream or wax to condition the leather and reduce chances of it becoming stiff. Be sure to cover any decorative beads or stones before you start cleaning.
How to take care of your Plastic Jewellery
Plastic jewellery should be cleaned with water, a mild soap solution, soft cloths or sponges. Avoid using harsh cleaners that can damage the surface of plastic jewellery.
How to take care of your Paper Jewellery
Paper jewellery is 100% handmade using sophisticated craftsmanship by artisans. These jewellery pieces are typically eco-friendly. There is no protective coating found on such pieces to prevent water and tear protection so such jewellery must be cared for appropriately. Dry dust can be wiped off with a soft cotton cloth.
Don’t coat your Jewellery
Avoid coating jewellery in any kind of protectant or finish as it can end up damaging the original finish. Some cheaper quality jewellery can turn your skin green; this is a chemical reaction due to a combination of the metal and the acids in your skin. Some people use clear nail polish on the back of such Jewellery to prevent this. However, to avoid this, the best option is to buy fewer but good quality metal jewellery pieces.
Whatever method you choose to use for your jewellery cleaning, first try it in a small area to make sure it is suitable for your jewellery piece.
Always Bag it up
To prevent your jewellery from tangling and getting tarnished or damaged from the elements, store in boxes, wrap in anti-tarnish paper and keep in soft jewellery pouches or use Ziplock bags to reduce exposure to air, that causes oxidation.
And finally, consider buying ethically-made costume jewellery
There are a growing number of ethical fashion designers who are creating jewellery in an ethical manner and/or using eco-friendly and recycled materials. Though these pieces are not as low cost as what is found in fast fashion retailers, if you care for your pieces in the appropriate way, your ethically-made jewellery will last you for years to come.