In order to keep your precious gold, silver, diamonds or gemstones as beautiful as the first day of your purchase, you will need to learn about how to clean your items without destroying their magnificence. There are many different methods to cleaning your jewelry – from at-home jewelry care to professional cleaning, you can be sure to have the maximum brilliance in your polished silver, shiny gems and gleaming gold.

1. Keep your fashion jewelry dry and clean
One of the best advice to keep the luster and beauty of costume jewelry is to keep them clean and dry. Whether it is a necklace, ring, bracelet or earrings, exposing fashion jewelry to any type of cream, chemical product,  lotion, perfume, oil or even water is an undeniable accelerator of tarnishing. Metals like brass, copper or bronze will oxidize and see their color changing (verdigris) and jewelry silver or gold platings will chip. So make sure to always remove your jewelry before applying cream, perfume or when you wash your hands.

2. Wear your costume jewelry occasionally
Do not forget to give your costume jewelry a little break from time to time. Fashion jewelry is usually not meant to be worn every day. Therefore, if you wear the same pieces of jewelry on a daily basis, you might see discoloration coming quickly. To preserve the life of your jewelry, change it as often as possible by varying the outfits. As they are pretty affordable, do not hesitate to buy for example two or three fashion necklaces in the same style and alternate them.

3. Remove your costume jewelry when you have no use to wear it
We have just seen above that we should not wear the same costume jewelry daily, but it is also important to remove them at the end of the day. Never go to sleep with fashion jewelry on, it is a sure way to damage it, to make it tarnish more quickly or even break it. And besides damaging your jewelry, it could also color, injure or scratch your skin.

4. Always clean your fashion jewelry after wearing
Another tip to make you costume jewelry look its best as long as possible is to clean them after each use. This may seem a little laborious, but it's actually very useful to see your jewelry last! Some soap, oil or perfume may have accidentally get on your skin while you wear your ring, earrings, necklace or bracelet. So clean them, or at least wipe them down with a soft cloth to remove any product residues and sweat that accelerates oxidation.  

5. Store your fashion jewelry carefully
We all have our tastes and habits when it comes to store jewelry. In jewelry boxes, pouches, loose in a drawer…We do not always know, but the best way to prevent tarnishing, chipping, knots in chains and breakage is to store fashion jewelry individually, for example in cotton or velvet pouches. Fashion necklaces must vertically hung on hooks and the pieces of costume jewelry should not be in contact with one another and especially not with your precious jewelry that could suffer from corrosion. If you have a large jewelry box or a jewelry armoire, perfect!

We are all fond of costume jewelry: trendy, original and usually very affordable, we like to wear and change them according to our daily look. Colorful bib necklace, cuff bracelet, chandelier earrings, cocktail ring , there are so many options to give a unique style to a basic outfit. Unfortunately, costume jewelry do not last. It tarnishes, loses its color and shine, breaks easily and sometimes leaves ugly traces on our skin.Now you know everything about the optimal cleaning and storing of your costume jewelry, which will allow you to wear your favorite accessories one or even several trend seasons!