How to Care for Handmade Jewelry

The nice thing about buying homemade jewelry as opposed to other types is that it’s more likely that you will get an original piece. Supporting homemade jewelry designers can also mean supporting local small businesses. There are some special considerations to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your homemade jewelry looking good over the long term.

Jewelry can get dirty pretty easily with what we put it through, and since homemade jewelry is so delicate it’s crucial to keep it as clean as possible. The more often you wear homemade jewelry, the more often you should clean it. It’s important to only use cleaners that are specially formulated for the type of jewelry at hand. It would be a huge mistake to use the same cleaner that you use on your gold jewelry with your homemade jewelry since it can actually harm gemstones and beading. Gold and silver jewelry always require different types of cleaning since they are different metals.

When you’re dealing with homemade jewelry that has a lot of gemstones on it you might consider using a jewelry cleaning machine to keep them clean, or you can also use some gentle soap and water instead. Always be sure and allow your jewelry to dry properly before you store it in any closed compartments. It’s also important to properly store your jewelry.
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You might have noticed how quickly silver jewelry tarnishes even when it’s not being worn, which is why it needs to be stored in airtight containers whenever possible. While you’re protecting your silver jewelry from the air you should also take great care to protect it from other pieces of jewelry and storing each piece in an individual plastic bag is one of the most convenient ways to do it. Neckalces of course do tend to tangle easily so feel free and hang any that are made of metals that won’t tarnish in the air.
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It’s also important to treat your jewelry well when you’re actually wearing it and not just take care of it after you do. To ensure that your jewelry stays as clean as possible you should never wear it in environments that it will be exposed to chemicals like in the pool, while cleaning, or when you’re applying sunscreen. Even saltwater and the sun can damage jewelry. Even when your jewelry is made from a strong metal always know that gemstones and beads are susceptible to being knocked out of their setting by force. When you want to keep your homemade jewelry safe and sound to enjoy it for many years you should take good care to follow these considerations so that it will remain in the best shape possible.