By Romain Grand
Fashion jewelry can make or break a look. Besides adding a spice quotient, it also makes you stand out in the crowd. The best part is you can use a single piece of jewelry to create multiple looks. A long chain can be worn normally and also used as a belt. The only problem with this particular type of accessory is that it is easily susceptible to wear and tear. Not all designs and shapes are always readily available should you need to replace them. Your hard found earring, once damaged, is gone forever. Thus, it is essential to care more for your fashion jewelry so that it will last as long as possible.
There are several ways in which you can make your fashion jewelry last for more than a mere number of days. A common technique, which has been used for generations, is storage inside soft linen bags. It is mostly used for beaded jewelry made of pearl, stones and plastics. Some women like keeping their fashionable jewelry in wooden boxes, as popularized in classic movies. But the problem with that is corrosion can occur with the hard surface of the box. This can lead to scratches or even irreparable damage. (For metal jewelry, hard wooden boxes are fine.)
Perfume is another enemy of fashion jewelry. The presence of acidic content often takes away the polish and the color. You will definitely not want to adorn your arms with dull bangles. So, keep your ornaments away from those aromatic bottles and sprays. Metal trinkets, especially the ones made of iron, can rust when put in contact with water. Ensure that you do not touch your ornaments with wet hands. Do not leave them in the washroom or wear them when you are perspiring, either. And, if your jewels have accidentally come in contact with water, do not rub them. It is advisable to wipe gently with a piece of cloth, which is soft in texture.
If you require a greater level of protection for your precious gemstone jewelry, you can purchase jewelry cleansers, that are on a higher price range, but greatly effective. A cheaper option for your less expensive jewelry is a toothbrush and colorless nail polish. A clean, soft brush can be used to dust away any dirt. After thoroughly cleaning, you can store your jewelry in a soft cloth and put inside a box previously sprayed with talcum powder (to absorb moisture).
Fashion jewelry made of stone requires greater care. There are chances of the stones coming off, if they are roughly handled. The best way to clean them is with damp tissues. All you need to do is to gently rub the stone surfaces and let them air dry. In case a stone comes off, immediately apply a strong adhesive like Fevicol or Dendrite and glue it back. Beads also require the same technique for cleaning. Although for colored beads, it is advisable to use dry tissue paper. Another essential hack that you must remember is never to keep rusty jewelry with your fresh pieces.
Now, say goodbye to damage with these easy protection measures!
About The Author –
Romain Grand is a fashion and home improvement blogger, who shares valuable write-ups on his blog Fabsdesign. He is always curious to explore new fashion trends from anywhere they can be found. With the 8 years experience of working as a freelance fashion consultant, he has developed a vast knowledge about the worldwide industry.
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