You know what they say: it's the little things that matter! These simple nuggets of advice are all about what you can do to effortlessly protect and care for your jewelry on a daily basis.
- Jewelry Should Be The Last Thing You Put On And The First Thing To Take Off
Wait until you're fully dressed (with your face and hair done) to accessorize. Why? Your jewelry should never come in direct contact with make-up, perfume, hairspray, body cream or tanning lotions. The chemicals, preservatives or coloring in these substances can easily damage your sparklers. Plus, adding your jewelry as the final touch will give you time to pick just the right pieces to compliment the entire look. At the end of the day, take off your jewelry before undressing to avoid tangling and tearing.
- Leave Your Jewelry Behind If You're Involved In Physical Activities
Exercising, team sports, swimming, scrubbing, gardening, cooking, dish washing, doing laundry... With all of these, you run the risk of hurting yourself or your companions when you wear jewelry. Not to mention, your precious items can get irreparably damaged (or lost!) in the process. Do remove small stud earrings or dainty rings even if you believe they can take a grueling gym session – you never really know what can happen.
- Store Jewelry Appropriately
Always store your jewelry away from the sun in a clean and dry place, and never keep different types of jewelry in contact with each other. Before putting them away, make sure your sparklers are not tangled or contorted. Use a soft-lined jewelry box and place each piece in a different compartment. This is particularly important, because gemstones can easily scratch gold or silver pieces if they come in direct contact. Also, there's a high chance other pieces will get tarnished if touched by silver jewelry. Earrings, bracelets and rings should be kept in boxes, metal necklaces should be left hanging, while pearl necklaces need to be stored laying on a flat and soft surface, so that the string won't get stretched.
- Long Term Jewelry Storage
If your jewelry came in a special box or pouch, use that for long term storage – it was made to fit and protect it, after all. Pay special attention to silver pieces, as they can easily develop tarnish from exposure to air. For longer periods of time, put them away in a box with anti-tarnish lining or keep them wrapped in anti-tarnish cloths.
- Inspect Your Jewelry Regularly
Especially if you wear them often or if they're valuable pieces, take a close look at your jewelry every couple of months. Check every piece individually to see whether the gemstones are still attached safely, whether something is bent or missing, whether the closing clasps are functional and whether the prongs that support the stones are not loose. Better safe than sorry! Also, it's a good idea to restring your pearls often (once a year), as the fine silk thread can become loose over time.