Keep Items in Sight
You should always keep your jewelry organized and in sight to beat and rush in order to make it easy for you to see your “everyday jewelry” in one piece.
Organize them on counter-top accessories, closet rods or racks mounted to the closet door while jewelries for Special occasions should be stored elsewhere, out of sight so they remain protected from dust.
Storing your Necklaces
The best way to store necklaces is by storing them individually to avoid entanglement and to easily help you find your favorite necklace or whichever one you looking for.
You can get a freestanding holder, a hanger or a small peg rack mounted on the wall or closet door.
Storing your Bracelets and Bangles
These ones are easy to store unlike the necklace because they don’t tangle.
You can decide to hang bracelets and bangles or compartmentalize them in drawers or trays. .
Normally your earrings should have their own store room. It could either be a drawer or an organizer that hangs from a hook or closet rod.
Dangly earrings are best stored in a way that allows them to hang freely. Keep a stash of extra earring backs close by for emergencies.
Costume jewelry storage ideas:
- Keep necklaces from getting tangled using twist ties.
- Make a jewelry holder from an old frame.
- Use an old metal rake to store necklaces.
- Organize earrings in egg cartons.
How to get them clean
All jewelry will get dirt or smudges from wearing or simply by handling it, some like silver will tarnish from exposure to light, air or dust, which means that they regularly needs to be cleaned to keep that shine but your gold jewelries just basically need wiping with a microfiber cloth to remove dirt or fingerprints
You can easily clean your jewelries with homemade products like;
Salt, Baking Soda & Dish Detergent
You can just easily clean your jewelry at home with these
- Line a bowl with aluminum foil and top with salt, baking soda, and dish detergent.
- Add hot water and drop in your jewelry, letting it sit for 10 minutes.
- Gently scrub with an old toothbrush.
- Rinse and pat dry with paper towel.
Hot Water & Baking Soda
- Let your rings sit for a few minutes in one cup of hot water with 1-2 tsp baking soda.
Dish Detergent & Warm Water
The best homemade jewelry cleaning solution is a mixture of a few drops of detergent in warm, not hot, water.
Let the jewelry sit in the solution for a few minutes and longer if it’s very dirty, then gently scrub with a soft toothbrush, make sure the water isn’t too hot or too cold. Rinse the item with lukewarm water and carefully dry off with a paper towel
You can also try to get them sparkling with Vegetable Oil
Dab some oil on a soft cloth and then gently rub on each pearl. Let the vegetable oil dry overnight, then buff with a soft cloth to remove dust and oils that can make pearls look dull over time.
The best way to care for a pearl necklace is to wear regularly.
One thing you should never use is toothpaste, it is too abrasive and will damage your jewelry.
So after going this entire process, why does jewelry tarnish?
There’s no way to avoid your jewelries from tarnishing, all fashion jewelry necklaces, earrings or bracelets are capable of tarnishing, they become darker or feel rusty, the 10k-18k gold plated and gold-filled jewelry are not resistant to tarnishing. They’ll eventually show signs of wear, but are likely to hold up better than jewelry not plated this way.
How quick your jewelry tarnishes depends on your care, the air, the jewelry itself and your skin
Why does tarnishing happen? With constant contact with air, moisture, acids and oils, the metal in the jewelry tend to react causing it to tarnish.
It’s simple – over time, your jewelry comes in contact with moisture, acids, oils and air. They react with the metal in the jewelry, causing it to eventually wear down and tarnish.
Ways to Keep Your Jewelry from Tarnishing
1. Keep It Dry
The fastest way to tarnish your jewelry is by contact with moisture and liquids. This includes putting on lotions, washing your hands, a spritz of perfume, and sweating with your jewels on. Even the oils on your skin can wear down the plating and metals over time – and this will again vary from person to person. Get your jewels wet by accident? Be sure to wipe and dry them off right away!
2. Store It Properly
Keep your jewelry protected from the sun, water, oil and other tarnishing elements because exposure to the smallest thing can wear it down, it’s very important to store them properly.
Take it up a level by storing your jewels in a Ziploc bag – but you’ll want to make sure you get rid of as much air as possible before sealing it. With the air removed, the metal won’t be able to oxidize from the air.
Get some 3M anti-tarnish strips, the absorbent pieces of paper will suck in the surrounding air that will cause your jewelry to tarnish over time. Stick one in your jewelry drawer, jewelry box or storage pouch.
3. Try a Jewelry Protectant Spray
Your jewelry need a protective shield to fight the elements that contributes to tarnishing. Not only can it protect your favorite pieces longer, but some sprays can also protect you from allergies like irritation, rashes and hives.
4. Give It a Break
Love your jewelry, treat it with care and pamper it, they’ll return the favor and keep sparkling for you for a long time