Just like you, your fashion jewellery and accessories need some TLC too. We share our favourite easy tips on caring for your jewellery to ensure they continue to bring you joy for many years to come.
The rule of thumb when it comes to caring for your jewellery is to ensure they are kept away from moisture, air, heat and chemical agents. Read on to find out more.
1. Store your jewellery away from moisture and humidity
Moisture is great, just not on your jewellery or accessories. Salt water, sweat and chlorine can all damage or discolour your jewellery. Humidity may also cause damage to your jewellery so avoid storing them in the bathroom.
Quick Tip: Remember those silica gel packets usually included with your vitamins or supplements? Instead of throwing them away, store them with your jewellery to help keep them dry.
2. Avoid contact with skincare or haircare products and perfume
Always avoid contact with any harsh chemicals. Remove your jewellery first before applying your skincare, lotions or haircare (e.g. hairspray) products. Be mindful of your perfumes as well as the synthetic ingredients and chemicals found in them can discolour your jewellery.
Quick Tip: Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
3. Store your jewellery away from direct sunlight or heat and air
Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight or excessive heat may cause tarnishing and dullness to your jewellery. Certain gems may be more sensitive to sunlight causing them to fade and discolour faster.
Quick Tip: It’s always best to store your jewellery in a cool, dry and dark place. You may also use a ziplock bag and squeeze all the air out before sealing.
4. Give your jewellery a wipe before storing
At the end of the day, it’s best to give your jewellery a quick wipe with a soft or anti tarnish cloth to remove any residual moisture or oils before storing. This will also help restore shine and lustre to your jewellery.
Quick Tip: You can also use soft eyeglass cleaning cloths to wipe and clean your jewellery. Avoid harsh cleaning agents, toothpaste or baking soda as they may be too abrasive for your fashion jewellery.
5. Remove your jewellery before any strenuous activities
While it may seem like a bother, taking your jewellery off before engaging in any strenuous (or non-strenuous!) activities can reduce your chances of damaging them.
We suggest removing your jewellery first when the following applies:
- Going to the gym or exercising
- Bathing, swimming, spa or sauna
- Doing the dishes, laundry or other household chores
- Gardening or playing in the sand (yes, the beach too)
- Before going to bed
Quick Tip: When it doubt, remove your jewellery.