I have a feeling you’re making a lot of jewelry mistakes that I really don’t want you to make. It could be due to a lack of time or bad habits, but the most common reason is that you don’t have enough information to recognise the issues.
So, for your own benefit, I’m here to assist you right in your mistakes by identifying my top jewelry blunders and how to avoid them. They’ll save you time and money while also ensuring that your jewelry (and you!) look beautiful.
FAILURE TO UNDERSTAND THE MATERIALS USED IN THE MAKING OF JEWELERY
When buying jewelry, it’s important to know what the items are composed of. If the materials aren’t specified, the designs aren’t likely to be constructed of silver, gold, rose gold, or other precious metals. If you’re not sure, always ask before you buy, especially if the item is expensive.
Simply because a piece of jewelry is gold or silver in colour does not indicate it is composed of those metals. If a piece of jewelry appears to be gold but is cheap, it is almost definitely not gold at all: at best, it will be thinly plated. Gold is a costly metal, and there is no such thing as inexpensive gold jewelry. But there are several options by which you can get affordable gold jewelry.
Base metal jewelry, such as brass or nickel, will not last long and will turn your skin black or green. It could even trigger allergic reactions or worse – particularly with nickel, which we strongly advise you to avoid wearing. Thinly plated jewelry can soon corrode and expose the base metal beneath.
You should also know what kind of gemstones you’re looking at: whether they’re lab-grown or natural, or if they’re completely phoney. In the right circumstances, any of these options is good, but it pays to be aware of what you’re spending your hard-earned money on.
WEARING THE SAME JEWELRY ON A DAILY BASIS
Even I know how simple it is to get into the habit of wearing the same outfits every day and rarely changing them. However, there are a few reasons why it’s a healthy habit to break.
To begin with, your everyday jewelry will become filthy in areas you can’t see or in ways you don’t realise because the alterations are gradual. This is especially true for stud earrings, as a portion of them is buried behind your ear lobe, collecting chemicals from your hair and potentially causing infections.
Take off your usual clothes on a regular basis to clean them with warm soapy water and a soft bristles brush. This is something I recommend doing every 1-2 weeks. For further information on how to clean your jewelry, see the sections below.
Second, you’ll be dull, which no one wants! So consider your jewelry collection and how you may incorporate more of it into your daily routine.
If you don’t have much jewelry or if there are some gaps in your collection, make a strategy to add more items over time.
FAILING TO BE CREATIVE WHEN IT COMES TO JEWELRY AND ACCESSORIES
When the seasons change, it’s a perfect time to play around with different outfits and accessories, especially jewelry, in front of the mirror.
Make a list of any articles you wish you possessed in order to expand your wardrobe. Investing in the proper jewelry and accessories may give your wardrobe a boost of creativity and adaptability for years to come.
FAILING TO CLEAN YOUR JEWELRY
As previously stated, this is a significant event. Many people do not clean their jewelry on a regular basis, if at all. It’s easy to overlook the accumulation of general filth and tarnish, but believe me when I say that it will be there and obvious to others.
Because you wear jewelry against your skin and clothing for long periods of time while doing a variety of activities, it will, like your clothing, require cleaning from time to time.
At least twice a year, I recommend having your jewelry cleaned thoroughly (or more often depending on how you wear and store your pieces and if you live in a humid location). It’s a fantastic time to do it as the year progresses from warmer to cooler months. Depending on the items, this can range from a simple wash with a light soap to more intricate tarnish and grime cleaning.
Remember to make cleaning your jewelry a recurrent item in your calendar.
APPLICATION OF INAPPROPRIATE JEWELRY CLEANING TECHNIQUES
It is not a good idea to clean your valuable silver or gold jewelry with toothpaste. It’s abrasive, and it’ll wear down the metal over time, reducing the value of heirloom pieces. It may also cause permanent harm to finishes.
This is especially incorrect advice when it comes to gold vermeil, gold-filled, or gold plated substitutes to genuine gold. You’ll probably remove the precious gold from the surface of your jewelry, which will be difficult or impossible to replace.
Using any type of alcohol with gemstones is probably a poor idea as well. In fact, if you’re like that sort of stuff, my favourite recommendation is to just drink alcohol for the sake of drinking. More permeable stones, such as pearls, opals, turquoise, and lapis lazuli, require extra care.
JEWELRY WEARING WHILE SWIMMING OR SHOWERING
There are a few reasons why you should not wear your jewelry in water.
For starters, it’s easy to misplace your jewelry, especially when showering. If the thought of your priceless gold ring falling off and disappearing down the drain makes you nervous, it’s not a smart idea to take the chance. Instead, make it a habit to put your jewelry in a safe place while you’re showering.
Additionally, the residue from shampoos, conditioners, and soaps is likely to gum up your earrings, necklaces, and gemstone rings over time. If you do wear jewelry while showering or bathing, make sure to remove it every few weeks to clean it: stud earrings, in particular, as described above.
Finally, if you’re going swimming, I recommend leaving your valuables at home.
It is never a good idea to swim in a pool or the sea while wearing precious metal jewelry. Chlorine in swimming pools and jacuzzis can discolour the silver and numerous gemstones, as well as damage gold. Saltwater can corrode soldered pieces in metal jewelry and dull diamonds. That is something that no one desires.
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