How To Maintain Costume Jewellery

Costume jewellery has a lot of selling points, chief among which is affordability. For just a few dollars you can try new styles and colours without major commitment. You can wear a different piece everyday for a month if you so choose. Costume jewellery definitely adds versatility to your wardrobe.

But then there’s the downside. We’ve all worn a necklace or pair of earrings just  once and then realised they were already losing shine or worse, they were turning green or black. This is going to happen eventually in most cases but if you take care of your pieces, you can increase their lifespan. With some of those $1 items you really get what you pay for though so it may be worth it to buy slightly more expensive costume pieces.

Either way, here’s what to do.

1. Try not to buy pieces with a lot of metal elements. Opt for plastics which still look chic. Less metal = less chance of tarnishing.

2. If you’re buying metallic pieces, aim for silver rather gold. For whatever reason, my silver look pieces have always held up better than my gold ones.

3: NEVER get perfume, creams or lotions on these pieces.

4: Don’t let your costume jewellery get wet. Make sure its off before you shower or wash your hands or face.

5. Don’t wear the pieces any longer than you have to. Put them on right before you leave the house and remove them as soon as you get back home. Wipe them with a clean, soft cloth.

6. Storage is key, especially for the metal pieces. You can get fancy with jewellery boxes or at least seal them tightly in a ziploc bag.

What tricks do you use? Let me know in the comments.

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Post Author: Natasha Beckles

Natasha Beckles is a freelance copyeditor, writer and content creator. She has over a decade's experience in both traditional and online media. In addition to blogging about fashion and travel, she uses the written word to help brands and individuals tell their unique stories.

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