costume jewellery care

Your jewellery should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off

Unlike real Silver and Gold, costume jewellery can tarnish and discolour, but with a bit of love and care, you can keep your favourite pieces looking new. Simple things like keeping your jewellery away from water, avoiding contact with perfume, lotions and other chemicals, even storing your pieces in a cool, dry place will help. Use the following home remedies to brighten up pieces that are already showing signs of wear.

 

Baking soda, salt and aluminium foil

Line a bowl with aluminium foil, shiny side up. Lay your darkened costume jewellery on the foil. Mix one tablespoon of salt and one tablespoon of baking soda, mix with one cup warm water. Pour into bowl. The mixture will create a chemical reaction with the foil and bubble as it cleans the jewellery. Rinse with cool water and buff dry with a polishing cloth.

Lemon juice

Mix one-part water and one-part lemon juice. Place liquid and costume jewellery in a bowl and leave for 10-15 minutes. The acid from the lemon juice will eat all of the dirt and grime away. Give your jewellery a quick rinse and place it back in the mixture for a few more minutes. Once the shine has returned, rinse again with cool water and buff dry with a polishing cloth.

Toothpaste

Squeeze a small amount of toothpaste on to your tarnished jewellery and smudge it with your finger. Once the jewellery has a thin coating, brush clean, working into all the crevices, using an old toothbrush or Q-tip. Rinse with cool water and buff dry with a polishing cloth.