Hello Ladies, today I have finally been able to write a few bits on caring for costume jewelry. Being that this is a wide-ranged topic I have broken the items down and will keep writing more blogs on more aspects of Fashion/Costume Jewelry.
Costume Jewelry is any jewelry made to complement or suit a particular fashion outfit. It could be a dress, shoes, skirts or any piece of clothing, no matter the style. They could be very versatile as most costume jewelry designs are suitable for any occasion.
One of the most important things you should remember about fashion jewelry is that unlike fine jewelry that is made of precious metal and stone, it will tarnish and fade and can look quite unattractive if not well cared for. Firstly, here are a few pictures of costume jewelry being worn by both celebrities and others to inspire your new jewelry looks.
Models showcasing costume necklaces
Jennifer Hudson sampling a lovely neck piece
Lanre Da-Silva Ajayi Couture
Regardless of all your efforts to take care of our jewelry, dust somehow finds its way sooner or later into your jewelry. When dirt and oil are on the surface of a gem ( a piece of mineral which when polished or cut is used to make jewelry), it interferes with how the stone can reflect and transmit light, thereby diminishing the life of the stone, and eventually, extinguishing it completely. However, keeping your jewelry sparkling clean and attractive requires very little efforts and a short time, so in order for you to ensure that your jewelry lasts quite a long while, I have written a few simple tips (Do’s & Don’ts) on how you can clean and care for them.
- Your Jewelry should be put on last and taken off first while dressing. This is because when you are dressing up, make-up and other cosmetics do tend to sprinkle around and most times stain or drop on jewelry and this could destroy them. Taking it off first also helps as nothing really gets to touch or sprinkle on it like: make-up, chemicals, such as perfume, hair spray, deodorant, household cleaning fluids and others.
- Put your vintage costume jewelry in a soft zipped up pouch so that the dust won't easily get to it. The silk gift pouch is a good example because it has a zipper or tie knot. It is soft and the inside is lined.
- You should never wear your jewelry no matter the kind in the shower or pool as soaps like hair conditioners, moisturizers or lotions do attract more dirt as they do not completely come off when you rinse them as well as they do from your hair or skin and this can give it a dull look.
- Dust is very abrasive to your jewels and weather elements cause deterioration. Store your vintage jewelry in a dry, cool and dust-free environment. Ideally in a fire proof safe.
- Do not wear lotion around your neck or wrists when wearing costume jewelry for the same reasons listed above as it could ruin the finish on the necklaces/bracelets. Try not to touch or let others touch your jewelry, as the oil from your/their fingers will transfer onto the pieces.
- Removal of faux rings prior to hand washing would also be a good preventive measure for longer-lasting wear of your new rings.
- If jewelry gets wet due to sweating, wash gently with water and wipe dry with a soft cloth.
- Always store in a cool and dry place, and store separately in order to avoid scratching with other jeweleries.
- Cleaning agents that are used for fine jewelry can also be used to clean fashion jewelry. However, it is very important to check the ingredients of the cleaning solution before using it on a piece of jewelry. Products that have acid, alcohol, ammonia and vinegar are an absolute “no no” as these can rust and damage your jewelry. In other words, do not use abrasive jewelry cleaners.
- Clean your jewelry with a soft cloth and mild detergent with water if required, rinse with clean water and dry with a soft cloth.
- Use Windex or similar products as a cleaning agent. Mild soapy water is also okay. However, please remember do not spray the Windex directly to your jewel or soak the piece into soapy water or a running faucet. Also, rhinestone jewelry with foil backing should never be submerged into water.
- Spray a little of the Windex onto a soft clean cloth. Make sure that it is not too wet, just barely enough to get the dust off the piece. For the hard to get to places, use a soft tooth brush with tiny little bit of Windex. Squeeze the excess wetness off the soft toothbrush so that it is barely damp.
- Make sure that you are gentle when cleaning your jewelry. If you use a toothbrush, make sure that it is soft and not scratchy.
- After you clean your jewels, leave them out for at least an hour. Make sure that they are completely dry before you put them away. This is very important because moisture causes deterioration to your jewels.
- Because the jewelry is vintage, during the course of time, a stone or two might fall off. It is a small repair job and you can easily glue it back yourself without hiring a professional. However, you should know how to do it correctly and to use the right kind of glue so that the stone will stay glued and won't turn yellow.
- The type of glue I would recommend is H-G Hypo Cement tube. It has a needle-nose applicator for precision work. Work on a flat surface free of clutter and where there is sufficient lighting. First of all, make sure that the cup which holds the stone is clean. If there is old glue in there, carefully scoop the glue residue with a blade or an appropriate tool. If you are replacing a stone, then make sure the replaced stone is the right size by putting the stone into the cup to see if it fits neatly. It is better to use a pair of tweezers to handle the stone especially if the stone is small. Put a tiny little bit of H-G Hypo Cement glue into the cup, remember not too much, otherwise the glue will fill up to the rim. Any excess glue should be removed before the stone is put in. Let the glue set briefly before you put the stone in. If you put the stone in right away, it will distort the colour. I don't recommend this glue for metal-to-metal bonds. You can obtain H-G Hypo Cement glue from craft shops or mail order it via the internet.
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Alright beautiful ladies, I will leave this here for now and will be back with some more Jewelry Fashion Care tips real soon. I hope this has been very useful to you. Do feel free to leave your comments/feed-backs. Till next time,
Stay Glam & GlamItOut!!xx