There's a timeless saying that "jewelry is a woman's best friend". It makes sense right? Nothing makes a woman feel more beautiful, confident, and sexy than expressing herself through her jewelry. Whether it's wedding/bridal jewelry crafted by expensive overseas designers or fashion jewelry pieced together by an artistic street vendor, it's no secret that woman are always on the hunt for that "special" piece which makes them stand out from the crowd. While bridal jewelry and wedding jewelry may be once-a-lifetime gifts (depending how "rich" your luck is), it often carries with it a hefty price tag. Although fashion, or costume, jewelry is a bit easier on the bank account, it's still an investment none the less and like all investments, it's important to maintain them long-term. Besides, you want your jewelry to keep its look for as long as possible, right? Even the prettiest diamonds can lose their shine over time if they aren't properly maintained. In this article, let's review some of the most common methods to ensure your jewelry lasts you a lifetime (or in the case of fashion jewelry, at least a shopping season).
First, let's start with the basic steps for taking care of your jewelry. Never allow fashion jewelry, wedding jewelry, or bridal jewelry to come in contact with any chemicals which can fade or ruin the item. These include oils, perfumes, soaps, colognes, shampoos, etc. As a general rule of thumb, it's important to remove your jewelry before showering, washing your hands, or doing anything that may subject them to harsh chemicals. This tip may seem a bit obvious, but often times our wedding or bridal jewelry tend to become so engrained into our lives that we often "set-and-forget" - try to make a conscious effort to store them away when you're not in the public eye.
The second tip is a great add-on to the first one. Many of us forget to take off our fashion jewelry when doing common things like washing our hands before meals. Although exposing your jewelry to water is certainly not advised, it's understandable that fretting over fashion or costume jewelry rarely happens since it's not as valuable. However, if it's important to you to take care of your jewelry, make sure not to store it when it's wet. Before you store it away for the day, take a few seconds to dry off the fashion jewelry with a soft cloth. This will go a long way in making sure that unique piece of fashion jewelry remains the envy of your friends and family.
Finally, let's talk about the actual storage of jewelry. This tip applies to all kinds of jewelry - from fashion jewelry to more expensive wedding and bridal jewelry. Always take measures to make sure that you store the jewelry in a clean, dry, and relatively cool place away from heat, dust, and harsh chemicals. A nightstand kept in your air-conditioned bedroom is always a great choice.
We've covered three important tips for taking care of your fashion, wedding, and bridal jewelry. For the more expensive wedding jewelry and bridal jewelry, make sure to keep them away from harsh chemicals and store them in cool, dry, and clean places. For the more unique fashion jewelry, make sure to not store them when they're wet - even if it's from natural causes like rain or water. As a general rule of thumb for all of your jewelry, it's important to develop a conscious habit of inspecting them from time-to-time. If you see any loose stones or scuff marks, you can look up some cleaning solutions online or take them to a professional jeweler for repair. Don't let your long-term investment fade away - nurture your fashion jewelry, wedding jewelry and bridal jewelry and they'll remain your best friends for life!