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The Ultimate Guide to Caring for Your Jewelry: Tips for Long-Lasting Sparkle

by Devin Archives 16 Mar 2024

Jewelry isn’t always just an accessory; sometimes it’s rooted in sentimentality, which makes it even more important to make sure your pieces last. Whether it has sentimental value or it’s just a stunning piece you treated yourself to, caring for plated jewelry requires a delicate touch to ensure its longevity and shine. Here’s your comprehensive guide on how to take the best care of your beloved pieces: 

Protect from Impact. Avoid wearing delicate jewelry during rigorous activities or sports where it could be subjected to impact or force. Remove your jewelry before engaging in activities that could potentially damage it.

Limit Exposure to Sweat. Sweat can accelerate the tarnishing process of plated jewelry, especially if it contains chemicals or salt. Set pieces aside before exercising or engaging in activities that may cause excessive sweating.

Keep Away from Chemicals. Harsh chemicals found in household cleaners, cosmetics, perfumes, and lotions can damage the plating on your jewelry. Be sure to remove and store in a safe place and avoid wearing them while cleaning or using chemicals.

Avoid Moisture. Water and moisture can cause the plating to tarnish or wear off prematurely. Removing plated jewelry before swimming, showering, or engaging in activities where it may come into contact with moisture will help contribute to its longevity.

Store Properly. Store plated jewelry in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and humidity, preferably in it’s designated case or bag. Avoid storing in open air or leaving them exposed to the elements, as this can accelerate tarnishing and wear.

Clean Gently. Clean regularly to remove oils, dirt, and residue that can dull its shine. Use a soft, non-abrasive cloth to gently wipe the surface of the jewelry. Avoid using harsh cleaners or abrasive materials that can scratch or wear down the plating.

Inspect Regularly. Periodically inspect for signs of wear, chipping, or tarnishing. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage and prolong the life of your pieces.

Rotate Your Jewelry. Give your jewelry a break by rotating your pieces regularly. This not only allows you to enjoy all your pieces but also prevents excessive wear on any single item.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your jewelry remains as stunning and precious as the day you acquired it. With proper care and maintenance, you can enjoy even your favorite plated pieces for many occasions to come.

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