We are often asked what is the best way to maintain "costume" jewelry.
Costume jewelry is jewelry made of non-precious metals, such as brass and copper, or metal alloys. Plated jewelry is also considered costume jewelry. Often more affordable than jewelry made from precious metals, their prices vary depending on the quality and type of metal used in manufacturing.
Unlike jewelry made of silver or gold, "costume" jewelry can deteriorate over time. Here are some tips to keep your treasures as long as possible!
Avoid perfumes, creams, “spray” for the hair…
Do your beauty routine before putting on your jewelry. Beauty products are often composed of chemical agents which can alter the quality of your jewellery. For example, wait for your body cream to penetrate your skin before putting on your necklace or bracelets.
Take off your rings before washing your hands, take off your earrings before going in the shower, don't wear your jewelry if you go swimming. In resume, avoid all contact with water!
Keep them in an airtight place
Prevent oxidation of your costume jewelry by storing it in an airtight container or bag that minimizes contact with air.
It is also relevant to know that an acid pH of the skin can have an effect on the durability of your jewel by damaging its appearance. It is therefore preferable to opt for jewelry made of a more durable material, such as gold or silver, if you tend to be acidic.