One of the tricky and frustrating things about new jewelry or everyday pieces that aren’t necessarily fine jewelry, nicely plated or solid gold, silver, rose gold or stainless steel is when they begin to tarnish, bend and turn your skin green. Often these pieces are costume jewelry, lower quality vintage or fashion jewelry from H&M or another basic clothing store. Here are a few tips to make these pieces last, take care of your more expensive jewelry and save money.
1. Rub on whitening toothpaste and rinse your jewelry under water to get your metal to it’s original shine
2. Think first, is this piece worth the money, what are the metals used in this piece? Can I get something that may cost more but I like more but last longer?
3. Invest in nicer jewelry that’s not overpriced, but not cheap like Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff, Juicy Couture, Tory Burch, Michael Kors and similar brands.
4. For rings, don’t wash your hands with your rings on, with the base most likely being copper, the moisture will oxidize and speed the process of the metal coating rub off.
5. Refrain from getting any chemical or residues directly on the piece, like hairspray, lotion, perfume or bug spray.
6. Don’t swim or exercise with your jewelry on.
Fine Jewelry and Vintage Jewelry
1. Keep your jewelry in a soft box or pouch where it doesn’t come in contact with other metals or get scratched or rubbed.
2. Invest in a nice jewelry cleaner
3. Refrain from getting any chemical or residues directly on the piece, like hairspray, lotion, perfume or bug spray.
4. Unless the ring is solid, try to remove the ring as much as possible, it isn’t the end of the world, but a nice thick plating of rose gold or silver will last longer.
5. Don’t swim or exercise with your jewelry on.