Hold Up: Could This Mistake Be Ruining Your Jewellery?

Aemilia Madden

Collage Vintage

Every woman has a different way of storing her jewellery. For some, it's packed away in a shoebox. For others, there's an entire drawer devoted to it. But we can all admit that there's been a time when we our prized pieces turn into a jumbled, knotted mess. Learning how to clean and care for your costume jewellery is an important lesson for those of us who rely on it to complete our outfits every day.

"I recommend storing pieces in a clear ziplock bag once you're done wearing them for the day," suggests jewellery designer Aurélie Bidermann. "It's best to avoid overexposing costume jewellery to the air and environment because it causes oxidisation." Since the metals used in costume and fashion jewellery vary greatly, it's important to keep an eye out for tarnishing or signs of wear. "If you notice oxidisation marks, you can clean the pieces with a silverware duster—[that's my] secret trick!" she notes.

Bidermann also notes that when it comes to jewellery, there are certain caretaking myths that could actually ruin your favourite pieces. "I do not recommend brushing your jewellery with toothpaste," she notes. "Also, don't put your jewellery in a saucepan with soap and water at 180° or in a cup of Coca-Cola." Any of these processes can end up causing more damage to your jewellery than anything else, Bidermann tells us—instead, she suggests gently brushing items with a toothbrush and soap under hot water.

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