They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But TBH, you’ll find more costume jewellery in a girl’s bauble box than those precious solitaires. And why not? Costume jewellery varies in design, colour, material, and don’t burn a hole in one’s wallet. That said, it’s unfortunate that the bling of these pieces begins to lose its appeal over a short period of time. When these baubles come in contact with water, air and sweat, they start to rust, only to leave it damaged. Some even get discoloured and the gold or silver finish on it peels off. It is definitely a bummer to find your favourite, one-of-a-kind jewellery ruined. Although there’s not much you can do to stop these from losing their shine and colour, you can certainly slow down the discolouration.
Many people get their imitation jewellery replated. In hindsight, this is not the best option as the plating tends to be pricier than the product itself. Also, this is not a permanent solution because it will wear off again. There are a few things to keep in mind to save your jewellery from rusting soon. You can keep it away from body lotions, face creams and other similar products. Also, always take these off before a shower or chores like washing utensils and clothes. Also, before you head out, try and wear all your jewellery once you’re completely dressed, i.e., after makeup or spritzing perfume. You should always store it in boxes laid on microfibre cloth.
Now these are only some measures that let your jewellery shine stay on longer. Is there a way to clean them, did you ask? Well, yes you can. We’ve scouted to find a few simple hacks to clean your jewellery and make them look new again.
Get rid of the grime
Dirt often settles in crevices of the jewellery, which can also cause harm to your skin on wearing these pieces. Use a Q-Tip, a toothpick or a clean mascara wand gently on the jewellery, to brush off the dirt.
DIY cleaning product
Clean out jewellery using baby shampoo and water. Don’t soak your pieces in the mixture. Instead, dry it off quickly after rinsing them in cold water. You can also use a hairdryer on the cold setting to avoid melting the glue in the jewellery.
Don’t even attempt using baking soda, lime or vinegar. Their acidic nature will leave ruin your jewellery.