Jewelry is a great investment and understanding how to care for and protect your treasured jewelry can make a world of a difference in maintaining its beauty and keeping it sparkling for generations to come.
To decrease the chances of wearing out your jewelry, here are 4 easy actions you can take at home to keep the shine of both your silver and gold plated favorites.
1. Put it on last – take it off first
Take off your jewelry before performing any sports or doing anything that would require heavy physical work, and also when swimming.
Try not to expose your jewelry to everyday chemicals like hair products, cosmetics, perfumes, oil, nail polish remover, unabsorbed cream, etc. as they are likely to damage your favorite items. We recommend to apply all lotions and cosmetics before dressing in jewelry. On the opposite, when undressing, wipe each item with a soft cloth to remove oils or sweat.
A simple guideline: put it on last – take it off first so the chemicals do not interact with your jewelry’s metal and you remember to give them a wipe before storing them.
2. Clean your jewelry at home
After every use, we recommend you to clean your jewelry with a cotton ball or a very soft cloth to remove any dust and dirt that may have landed on the item. Also, gently rubbing the surface of your jewelry with a soft cloth also helps restore shine.
If your gold plated or silver jewelry needs more cleaning you may clean it with warm and soapy water.
Important note: There is no need for chemical-based cleaning solutions to keep your items looking impeccable. Stay away from jewelry cleaners and antibacterial soaps which may have certain components that will just make your jewelry tarnish more quickly.
For silver - dish soap technique:
For heavier tarnished silver, you care use baking soda or toothpaste.
Important note: avoid excessive rubbing to keep from wearing away the finish
3. Keep it nicely organized
Always store your jewelry in a jewelry case (or box) in which you separate gold from silver. Additionally, make sure each item is individually placed in its own Bonito pouch bag to prevent scratches. Having a storage system for each piece makes it easier when you go to find them.
Avoid storing precious metal jewelry in particular in a humid place - especially the bathroom. Humidity will speed up tarnishing a lot, so it's best to pick a different spot.
Spoiler alert: We are currently working on our own Bonito Jewelry case for you to organize your favorite items! Coming soon!
4. Give it some space at night
Sleeping with your jewelry can irritate your skin and damage the jewelry. Even though you may have woken up with your jewelry still on before without any problem, sleeping in your nice jewelry is a big no-no at Bonito. Play it safe – give your jewelry some space when going to lalaland.
At Bonito, we are grateful for the growth of our business and we believe that we are responsible for sharing our success with those in need. Every quarter we go to a different destination to donate backpacks with school materials and support local communities in need.
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