As an Australian jeweller, I suspect you are making all types of errors along with your jewelry that I actually want you were not.
It may very well be all the way down to lack of time or dangerous habits, however almost definitely it is since you merely do not have sufficient info to understand what the issues could be and how one can avoid them.
However do not panic: I am right here that can assist you appropriate your errors by itemizing my high 12 jewelry errors and the right way to keep away from them – in your personal sake. They will show you how to to avoid wasting time, cash and hold your jewelry (and your self) wanting nice. What’s to not love about that?
Let’s dive in …
1. Not understanding the supplies used to make jewelry
When searching for jewelry it’s best to at all times be clear on what the items are produced from. If the vendor does not specify the supplies then it is possible the designs aren’t produced from silver, gold, rose gold or different treasured metals. Should you’re unclear, then it’s best to at all times ask before you purchase, particularly for increased priced gadgets.
Simply because a chunk of jewelry is gold or silver in color doesn’t suggest it is produced from these particular metals. Particularly if a chunk of jewelry offers the looks of being gold however it’s cheap, then it is nearly definitely not gold in any respect: at greatest it will likely be very thinly plated. Gold is a really costly metallic and there’s no such factor as low-cost gold jewelry. Discover out extra about gold and various kinds of gold utilized in jewelry.
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Base metallic jewelry, akin to brass or nickel, is unlikely to put on properly over time and will flip your pores and skin black or inexperienced. It could even trigger allergic reactions or worse – and that is particularly the case with nickel, which we strongly suggest you keep away from carrying. Thinly plated jewelry could pretty shortly put on by means of to the bottom metallic beneath.
You also needs to know what any stones are: whether or not they’re lab grown or pure, or whether or not they’re fully faux. Any of those choices are fantastic in the suitable circumstances, however it pays to concentrate on what you are spending your hard-earned cash on.
After all low price costume jewelry has its place and for those who’re comfortable for a design to be a comparatively quick lived style piece and your pores and skin will tolerate the supplies, then that is completely okay.
Simply take into account: data is energy. Learn our useful articles to get the lowdown on gold and sterling silver so that you higher perceive what the deal is with these treasured metals, together with why they’re so worthwhile and helpful in jewelry. Additionally have a look at our jewelry glossary, which has over 100 definitions for jewelry phrases: it should completely get you up to the mark with jewelry jargon if you’re buying.
2. Sporting the identical jewelry day by day
Even I understand how simple it’s to slide into the behavior of carrying the identical items day in, day trip and nearly by no means taking them off. Nevertheless it’s behavior to interrupt for a few causes.
Firstly, your on a regular basis jewelry will get dirty in locations you may’t see or in ways in which you do not essentially discover as a result of the adjustments happen slowly. That is particularly the case for stud earrings the place half them is hidden behind your ear lobe, gathering chemical compounds from washing your hair and doubtlessly resulting in infections.
It is best to take off your on a regular basis items frequently to provide them a clear with some heat soapy water and a tender bristled brush. I like to recommend doing this each 1-2 weeks. See beneath for extra tips on cleansing your jewelry.
Secondly, you will be boring and no person needs that! So have a take into consideration the jewelry you could have in your assortment and the way you should use extra of it regularly.
If you do not have a lot jewelry or your assortment has some gaps in it, then provide you with a plan so as to add extra items over time (together with dropping massive hints to family members on the proper instances of yr, in fact).
3. Not being inventive with jewelry and equipment
Associated to tip 2: do not be boring!
When the seasons change is a good time to do some experimenting in entrance of a mirror with completely different outfits and equipment, particularly together with jewelry. Be as inventive as you may with combos and make notes of what works for you so you will bear in mind to combine it up as you are getting dressed for work or completely different events.
Additionally make word of any forms of items you want you needed to lengthen your wardrobe additional. Making the suitable funding in jewelry and equipment can add a substantial amount of creativity and flexibility to your wardrobe for years to come back.
It is best to try our 15 high jewelry type suggestions for extra recommendation on taking advantage of your jewelry assortment whereas not dropping your self within the course of.
4. Not cleansing your jewelry
As alluded to above, this can be a massive one. So many individuals fail to scrub their jewelry frequently, if in any respect. It may be simple to overlook the construct up of basic grime and tarnish, however – imagine me – it will likely be there and it will likely be noticeable to others.
You put on jewelry in opposition to your pores and skin and clothes for prolonged durations whereas endeavor all types of actions, so in fact it should want cleansing occasionally, simply as your clothes does.
I like to recommend scheduling a radical clear of your jewelry at the least twice a yr (or extra usually relying on the way you put on and retailer your items and for those who reside in a moist location). The transition into hotter and cooler months of the yr is a good time to do it. This will contain something from a fast wash with a delicate cleaning soap by means of to extra advanced tarnish and dirt elimination, relying on the items.
It pays to teach your self about the right way to clear your jewelry safely and accurately. Should you’re in a rush try our 10 tricks to shortly clear jewelry as a place to begin, however it’s best to undoubtedly delve deeper into our complete jewelry cleansing & care information.
Do not forget so as to add cleansing your jewelry as a recurring activity in your diary.
5. Utilizing dangerous jewelry cleansing strategies
Whereas it is higher to make an effort to scrub your jewelry than to to not do it in any respect, not all cleansing strategies are created equal and a few could completely harm your treasured items. So beware!
Cleansing your treasured silver or gold jewelry with toothpaste is absolutely not a good suggestion. It is abrasive and it’ll deplete the metallic over time, making heirloom items much less and fewer worthwhile. It could additionally terminally harm finishes. Identical goes for utilizing baking or bicarb soda paste which is rubbed in opposition to the metallic to scrub it: simply do not do it.
That is particularly a really dangerous thought in relation to options to stable gold, akin to gold vermeil, gold stuffed or gold plated. You might be more likely to take away the dear gold from the floor of your jewelry and it could be tough or not possible to restore. Be taught extra about various kinds of gold that can assist you perceive why.
Utilizing any type of alcohol with gems is more likely to even be a foul thought. Actually my favorite tip is to make use of alcohol for consuming functions solely, ought to that be your kind of factor! That is particularly essential for extra porous gems like pearls, opals, turquoise and lapis lazuli.
I like to recommend that you simply keep away from harsh chemical compounds coming into contact along with your jewelry altogether, except these chemical compounds are particularly really useful by professionals for cleansing the kind of jewelry you could have. Learn the care and cleansing articles linked to in tip 4 for recommendation.
6. Sporting your jewelry whereas swimming or showering
There a number of causes to keep away from carrying your jewelry in water.
Firstly, it may be simple to lose your items – particularly when showering. If the thought of your treasured gold ring slipping off and happening the drain terrifies you, then it is actually not a good suggestion to take the chance. As an alternative, discover a secure place to place your jewelry whilst you’re showering and make it a routine.
Additionally you will discover that your earrings, necklaces and gemstone rings are more likely to get gummed up by the residue from shampoos, conditioners and soaps over time. Should you do hold some items on if you bathe or bathe, then be sure to take them off each few weeks to provide them clear: stud earrings particularly, as outlined above.
Particularly, it’s best to keep away from getting pearls and opals moist repeatedly, as long run publicity to water and different chemical compounds could completely harm and discolour these stones.
Lastly, for those who’re going for a swim, I like to recommend you allow your jewels safely at house.
Swimming in swimming pools or the ocean whereas carrying treasured metallic jewelry is rarely really useful. Chlorine utilized in swimming pools or jacuzzis can discolour silver and plenty of gems – and it might even doubtlessly weaken gold. As for salt water, it might boring diamonds and erode soldered components in metallic jewelry. And no person needs that.
7. Not storing your jewelry appropriately
Keep away from storing your jewelry in a spot the place humidity is a matter, particularly bogs. Sterling silver jewelry particularly will tarnish quicker in humid locations, that means extra time you will must spend cleansing it.
You also needs to retailer your treasured jewelry away from free flowing air. Partially it should merely get dusty and dirty, however sterling silver and different metals will tarnish quite a bit quicker when left unworn within the open air.
Additionally remember that metallic jewelry which will get jumbled up and may simply rub in opposition to different metallic, gems or onerous surfaces will get broken. You need to keep away from scratching and scuffing silver and gold particularly, but in addition softer gems.
I like to recommend storing your jewelry in a devoted jewelry field, jewelry roll and even hold each bit (or pair) in its personal small padded field. This can restrict the publicity to flowing air and humidity. Relying in your storage arrange it might additionally assist to stop scratching and tangling. The present packing containers which include our on-line jewelry orders might be good.
Should you desire to show your jewelry on a necklace tree or comparable, then be ready to scrub it rather more frequently – and do not forget to mud it too!
8. Not clasping necklaces after taking them off
Associated to 7: it’s best to at all times clasp your necklaces if you take them off. This can assist to keep away from tangled chains which could be very tough to drag aside. As a jeweller, I spend numerous time untangling lengths of chain and I can guarantee you that it isn’t numerous enjoyable.
Should you’re nonetheless having bother with tangles, then have a look at utilizing straws or different tubing that can assist you out. You may put one finish of the necklace by means of the straw earlier than clasping it, which can make tangles just about not possible for many necklaces.
9. Not contemplating the ethics behind the jewelry you purchase
This tip is one I am particularly obsessed with as jewelry could be a little bit of an moral minefield (and we genuinely work onerous to be as moral and eco-friendly as doable).
Listed here are some points I like to recommend you contemplate when buying:
- Does the jewelry enterprise use recycled treasured metals the place doable? Does it recycle its personal metals?
- Are gems ethically sourced – particularly diamonds and different excessive worth stones, which have the potential to come from conflict zones?
- Are lab grown or simulated gems used when appropriate? These are usually extra moral and sustainable than mined stones whereas nonetheless being prime quality.
- Does the vendor design and make their very own jewelry items? If not, the place are the items made and are working situations moral?
- Is the vendor up entrance about the kind of supplies used of their designs?
- Are the costs acceptable? Too low-cost means nearly definitely signifies that somebody is being ripped off someplace alongside the road (and it may even be you!).
- Try our article on the right way to really help unbiased designers and why it is nice to buy small, store native and handmade.
10. Shopping for jewelry from low-cost retail chain shops
I am not naming any names, however you realize the forms of outlets I am speaking about: they’re the large jewelry chain shops you see in lots of buying malls and on-line. They promise a world of sentimental sparkles for not some huge cash.
Typically their items are sourced from individuals working in very poor situations and sometimes the workmanship is shoddy – to the purpose of their jewelry not being repairable if and when one thing goes incorrect.
Should you’re on the lookout for excessive finish ‘conventional’ jewelry, particularly if it is supposed to be a treasured sentimental piece, then discover a smaller scale manufacturing jeweller with repute. It is properly definitely worth the funding for this kind of jewelry.
Should you’re on the lookout for extra modern, artisan type jewelry then discover unbiased designers you want (hopefully together with Simone Walsh Jewelry) and patronise them as a lot as you may to assist them keep afloat.
These approaches to buying jewelry will lead to a a lot better funding for you. You may additionally profit from the texture good issue by buying from companies that you may really really feel snug supporting and serving to to flourish.
11. Not selecting a necklace to match your neckline
As an alternative of at all times throwing in your favorite necklace or pendant with nearly each outfit, have a take into consideration the differing types and lengths of necklace that can go properly with various kinds of necklines. You may discover it should add much more curiosity and elegance to your wardrobe.
It is a good suggestion to have an array of necklace lengths obtainable in your jewelry assortment. You also needs to choose up necklace extenders so you may simply range the lengths of the necklaces and pendants you like to put on.
Fortunately we have now a necklace lengths and elegance information with a useful chart that can assist you work all of it out. You are welcome!
12. Failing to find out your ring dimension earlier than buying
Not figuring out your ring dimension accurately will solely result in frustration, delays and presumably further prices if you purchase rings: it is best prevented. Take the time to get your ring dimension proper earlier than buying and to know what the problems are.
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Try our ring dimension measuring information article, together with our ring dimension conversion chart for many suggestions. Crucial tip is to put money into a hoop sizer earlier than you buy – and even go to a jeweller in particular person to get an correct dimension.