For most women, wearing fashion jewelry is an easy way to try fresh new looks or to perk up your existing wardrobe. Keeping your jewelry looking its best will help keep you look your best too. Fashion jewelry, also known as costume jewelry is commonly made from less expensive materials and adorned with glass, plastic or synthetic stones. Unlike fine jewelry that can be refurbished to like new condition, an item of fashion jewelry that falls into a state of disrepair cannot always be restored. Caring for your accessories regularly and knowing what to avoid will allow you to enjoy your cool vintage piece or your fresh new necklace, bracelet, ring or set of earrings longer.
Taking time out once a month to care for your fashion accessories will keep it in good condition. Simply wipe with a soft cotton cloth to remove any surface dust. Use an extra soft toothbrush to remove any dust or debris that might be hiding in crevices or clasps, don’t forget to check between beads if your item has them. Then, simply use the cloth to polish the surfaces. This may be all you need to do to keep your accessories in good shape.
If your item is more severely soiled use mild dish soap and a soft sponge or cloth to gently clean it. Try to avoid submerging your jewelry completely. Moisture can cause rust or pits to form so the less moisture your jewelry is exposed to the better. Avoid using ultra-sonic cleaners with your fashion jewelry as they are too harsh. Be sure to dry well with a soft cloth and touch up your piece by gently polishing with a soft cloth.
There are also jewelry cleaners available for costume jewelry. If you choose to use these be sure that they specifically state that they are for use on fashion jewelry. Fashion jewelry cannot withstand some of the chemicals used to clean fine jewelry so make sure you know what your cleaner is made of before use. As long as you follow the directions given by the manufacturer you will be able to clean your items without difficulty.
You can also increase the longevity of your fashion jewelry wardrobe by knowing what to avoid. Avoid ammonia, vinegar, acid and alcohol as these will corrode your jewelry quickly to a non-repairable condition. Some more common substances to keep away from your jewelry are perfume, hairspray and lotion as they can easily alter the finish of your fashion jewelry. A good rule of thumb is to put on your jewelry after you get yourself ready in the morning and then remove it as soon as you get home. If you practice this you can easily keep exposure to substances such as these to a minimum. To keep fashion rings in good condition always remove them before washing your hands and/or applying hand lotion. Remember that moisture can cause rust or pits to form on your jewelry so remember to never wear fashion jewelry during a bath or shower or while swimming.
Once you have removed your jewelry it is also important to put it away carefully. Costume jewelry can easily be scratched or damaged by coming in contact with other jewelry or hard surfaces. Store your fashion earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings separately in soft pouches or boxes. A segmented jewelry box would also be a good place to store them if you have enough room to keep them separate.