Protect Your Jewelry From Tarnishing
I love jewelry. Whether its costume, solid gold, gold filled, gold plated or sterling silver, I’ll wear it. I compliment every outfit of mine with jewelry and even though I have many pieces of the real deal materials, I love to dress up with the use of costume jewelry.
Like many people, I want to wear jewelry, but can’t see spending the prices for real gold and silver each and every time. However, dime-store quality jewelry leaves green or black marks on some people’s skin and it’s their only option. Luckily for me, I don’t have that issue and I have a large collection of…..
- Costume jewelry:
- And real gold jewelry:
- And real silver jewelry:
The rate at which things tarnish will vary depending on your body chemistry: how acidic or basic it is and how much you sweat. With some complicated pieces that incorporate stones or unusual types of metal, it can be difficult to stop tarnishing and/or cleaning.
Gold-plated jewelry is a good substitute for solid gold, as it is difficult to tell the difference and is nowhere near as expensive, but gold-plated jewelry still needs to be given a certain amount of care if you want the gold to stay bright and keep the luster. Following a care regime for your gold-plated and costume jewelry is worth the extra few minutes it takes.
Here are some cheap, costume earrings bought at a local store.
First step for protection:
- Find a well ventilated area
- Spread out your protective barrier for your jewelry. (old newspaper or ads)
- Lay out your jewelry
At this time if you are sensitive to smells or harsh chemicals, you may want to put on the gloves and mask.
- Grab your acrylic and begin the process.
- Spray an even coat front and back.
- Air dry at least 20 mins before storing or wearing.
- Be sure to clean the backs w alcohol before wearing.
Now your jewelry is protected!