5 Tips For Keeping Your Jewelry Looking Like New!

August 14, 2017

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Have you ever wondered:

"Why does my jewelry tarnish so quickly?"

We know how frustrating this must be, a new piece of jewelry, all shiny and bright, discolors months, even weeks later. The good news is that it can be easily reversed and is only surface discoloration that can happen from a number of different things. Even the weather can play a role in this! 

To learn more about jewelry metals take a look at this article by Love to Know. 

Above all, the best way to handle jewelry corrosion is to prevent it from happening in the first place. 

Here are our 5 best tips for keeping your jewelry from corrosion and looking like new: 

1. Store your jewelry in tarnish prevention cloths or bags.

Tarnish prevention bags made with a special material to keep your jewelry from natural wear and tear.

You can get high-quality tarnish prevention bags from silver guard or this fancy bag by jark101 in Etsy. 

There are also many alternatives to bags that will keep your jewelry fresh and safe. You can find many of those storage alternatives here

Regardless of your storage methods, it is highly recommended that you keep a tarnish prevention cloth or bag on hand for travel or safe keeping purposes.

You can even slip an anti-tarnish cloth into your jewelry container! 


2. Store your jewelry in a cool, dry place.

Humidity is the catalyst for tarnish.

With humidity comes wear and tear on your jewelry and you should avoid this at all costs. 

Even heat and sun exposure can damage or discolor your jewelry. You can read all about the most common reasons behind jewelry damage here.

Storing your jewelry in a safe and secure place will prevent them from receiving any damage from outside conditions. 


3. Avoid showering or swimming while wearing your jewelry.

Nobody likes to have to take their jewelry off right?

But pools and hot tubs contain chemicals that can damage the finish on your jewelry.

Water damages all materials. If the Grand Canyon isn't proof of that enough I'm not sure what would convince you.

Water also causes metallic and other jewelry materials to rust. 

In fact, House Beautiful describes showering with your jewelry as "The absolute worst thing you can do to your jewelry."

So even though it's easy to roll out of bed and jump in the shower with your jewelry, take the time to remove them so they don't get damaged. 

Which brings us to bedtime.

4. Avoid sleeping in your jewelry

Obviously the more you wear your jewelry the higher the possibility you have of damaging it. So why take the risk?  

There is also the possibility of hurting or damaging your skin with increased exposure to your jewelry. This includes rashes, skin flakiness, and even blisters. 

Metals added to gold and silver jewelry, usually nickel, can be extremely irritating to the skin especially if you have a metal allergy. 

So before you hit the hay, store that jewelry in your tarnish prevention bag or storage box and sleep better knowing your jewelry is safe and sound. 

5. When jewelry tarnishes, use a pre-treated polishing cloth to polish to a shine

Even if you take all the necessary steps to making sure your jewelry stays looking like new, everything wears out over time.

So what do you do if your wax seal charms collect tarnish and need cleaning?

Use a pre-treated polishing pad and use the correct methods to wipe away that tarnish. You can see the correct way to clean your wax seal jewelry in our instructional video here.

We sell polishing pads in our shop.  We highly recommend these little pads for restoring the luster to your jewelry and removing any tarnish that has built up - they really do the job!

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