Getting a jewelry specially hand made for you surely gives that feeling of being extra special. Thinking that you might be the lone person owning such a piece of treasure boosts your confidence as you wear it and makes you feel you look twice as good. Now that you've laid your hands on these special handmade jewelry, there's no better way to maintain its luster and glow other than taking proper care of it. Here are a few tips to remember to keep your handmade jewelry in its pristine condition.
Avoid throwing everything into a box or bowl. Aside from it can be a mess when you try to get a piece from the tangled bundle, close contact between different textures and materials can cause thin line scratches and discoloration. Try to keep everything neatly into their respective storage spaces. Utilize jewelry boxes for your silver or gold pieces. Make sure that the jewelry box is sealed to prevent tarnishing caused by air and moisture. As for your non-metal accessories, store them according to their kind. Hang beaded necklaces and bracelets to avoid them from tangling. Your rings and bangles can be stored in separate boxes with cotton or foam inside to prevent them from scratching each other.
As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure. So as to keep your handmade jewelry protected, get into the habit of keeping them away when you do strenuous activities. Excessive exposure to your sweat can damage the texture and color of your jewelry. Same thing when you wear them while swimming in a pool or at the beach which may cause cracks when soaked in water for too long. When wearing bracelets, keep them close to you to prevent them from being stuck in a hook or being knocked against hard materials. In cases like these, always prepare a storage bag for your handmade jewelry wherever you go.
Familiarize yourself in using different cleaners for different materials. Do not use metal cleaners to your wooden accessories as it may be too strong for its surface. You can ask your artisan about which cleaner is best for each kind of jewelry. Also be extra careful in using chemicals on your gemstones as it may affect its natural polish. To be safe, drop some mild soap on a bowl of lukewarm water and soak your handmade jewelry before gently rubbing them with a gentle cloth. Make sure that you clean your accessories regularly to keep them always looking like new.