Fashion jewellery is an essential component of all women's wardrobes. Unless you can afford to wear only precious metals and fine gemstones, you probably have a great deal of less expensive pieces in your collection. Despite the lower cost, these items are still worthy of being cared for. Cleaning and properly storing your jewellery will keep it looking nice for years.
Your fashion jewellery, whether necklaces, rings or earrings, needs to be cleaned on a regular basis. Choose a cleaner that does not contain acid, alcohol or ammonia, as these substances can damage your pieces. Also, if trying a commercial solution, be sure to read the label to determine which substances can be safely cleaned with it.
The first thing to remember when cleaning your designer jewellery is to be gentle. Scrubbing with harsh implements or abrasive cleaners can do serious damage. Try to clean each piece first with just warm water and a very soft bristled toothbrush. This can remove much and sometimes all of the dirt. If water does not do the trick, use a solution of a gentle soap in warm water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly, as soap can leave behind a dulling residue.
For very intricate pieces, a toothbrush may not remove all debris. In this case, use a toothpick to gently pry out bits of dirt. A wooden toothpick will be gentle enough to avoid scratching the surface of your fashion jewellery.
For faux gemstones, smudges and fingerprints can be easily removed by dipping a cotton swab in a gentle soap solution and rubbing the surface of the gem. Always be careful when working with these stones. Many are made by layering a colored plastic film over glass and the coating can be easily scratched.
If soap and water fail to remove every last bit of dirt, use nail polish remover without acetone. Never completely submerge your piece in the polish remover, however. Dip a cotton swab in the remover and clean the piece gently with it.
After your jewellery is clean, it is essential to dry it thoroughly. Certain metals may tarnish in water and rhinestones that are backed with metal foil can become damaged. The water can ruin the foil or destroy the glue holding them together. Lay out the clean jewellery and use a hair dryer on a low setting to make sure no water remains in crevices.
Regularly cleaning and maintaining your fashion jewellery is easy and worthwhile, as it will keep it looking great for many years of wear.
Lovejewellery is a new online store which specialises in a whole host of jewellery. The range includes silver and gold jewellery covering all styles from fashion jewellery
through to high class designer jewellery
. With prices to suit all budgets there is sure to be the right piece for you.