Ready to start a jewelry collection? Many women have jewelry boxes filled with inexpensive costume pieces and the department store clearance earrings they bought in high school. At some point, the miscellaneous items and outdated designs need to go away, and a collection of stylish accessories needs to take their place. Here is a brief list of what people need to do to keep their valuable acquisitions safe.
Store Accessories Properly
Use soft pouches for individual accessories rather than piling items together in a jewelry box. It is possible for delicate metals like silver to scratch easily. The strength of diamonds protects them, but it does make them a danger to other gems and most metals. Hang necklaces to prevent knots or kinks in the chains. Keep frequently worn rings and bracelets in trays where they are easy to find but safe from damage. Store the trays in locked drawers when away from home.
Wear Jewelry Safely
Never put on jewelry until after applying cosmetics, lotion, perfume, and hairspray. Do not wear jewelry while competing in active sports. Take all the accessories off before swimming, showering, or doing dishes. Be cautious when wearing gloves, hats, and scarves in the winter because they can catch on jewelry. Pay attention to rings in the winter because cold temperatures can cause fingers to shrink and allow rings to slip off easily.
Clean Gems Carefully
A soak in a baking soda and water mixture followed by a scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush can help to remove debris on jewelry. Polish soft stones like opals and pearls with a microfiber cloth or wash gently with a mild soap if needed. Baking soda and vinegar help metals to shine, but vinegar can damage some gems, so avoid its use on anything that is not solely gold or silver.
Take care of all jewelry investments to help build a stunning collection of accessories to match everything in a stylish wardrobe. A little extra effort will help to keep everything shining and in good condition. To begin a collection, click here for an array of desirable options in necklaces, bracelets and more.