So why does fashion Jewellery Tarnish?
The truth is, ALL fashion jewellery, necklaces, earrings and are capable of tarnishing - and some faster than others. Why? It's simple - over time, your jewellery comes in contact with moisture, acids, oils and air. They react with the metal in the jewellery, causing it to eventually wear down and tarnish.
How quickly jewellery tarnishes depends, on a number of factors - the way you care for them, your skin composition, the air around you and the processes and materials used to make them. We have a few tips on how to keep jewellery from tarnishing
Ways to Keep Your Jewellery From Tarnishing
You might not be able to control the air around you or the skin you live in, but you can control the way you take care of your jewellery! Here are ways on how to keep costume jewellery 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
Listen up, 'cause this one's important! Because exposure to the simplest things like the moisture in the air can wear down your jewels, it's 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.
Super keen on keeping your favourite pieces in tip top shape? Get some 3M anti-tarnish strips. These super absorbent pieces of paper will basically suck all of the culprits in the surrounding air that will cause your jewellery to tarnish over time. Stick one in your jewellery drawer, jewellery box or storage pouch.
3. Try a Jewellery Protectant Spray
Give your jewellery a protective shield to fight the elements that contribute to tarnishing. Not only can it protect your favourite pieces longer, but some sprays can also protect you from allergies like irritation, and rashes You can use on your personal jewellery collection (including crystals!) to keep them newer longer and to shield against irritation. It's also 100% hypoallergenic and cruelty-free.
4. Give It a Break
Treat your jewellery with love and care, and they'll keep sparkling for you for a long time!