As an Australian jeweller, I suspect you are making all kinds of errors along with your jewelry that I actually want you were not.
It might 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 may be and how one can avoid them.
However do not panic: I am right here that will help you appropriate your errors by itemizing my high 12 jewelry errors and the way to keep away from them – on your personal sake. They will assist you to to avoid wasting time, cash and maintain 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 purchasing for jewelry it is best to at all times be clear on what the items are constructed from. If the vendor does not specify the supplies then it is seemingly the designs usually are not constructed from silver, gold, rose gold or different treasured metals. Should you’re unclear, then it is best to at all times ask before you purchase, particularly for larger priced gadgets.
Simply because a bit of jewelry is gold or silver in color does not imply it is constructed from these particular metals. Particularly if a bit of jewelry offers the looks of being gold but it surely’s cheap, then it is virtually definitely not gold in any respect: at greatest it is going to 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 several types of gold utilized in jewelry.
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Base metallic jewelry, similar to brass or nickel, is unlikely to put on nicely over time and should 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 advocate you keep away from carrying. Thinly plated jewelry could pretty shortly put on by way 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 totally faux. Any of those choices are advantageous in the fitting circumstances, but it surely pays to concentrate on what you are spending your hard-earned cash on.
In fact low price costume jewelry has its place and for those who’re joyful for a design to be a comparatively quick lived trend piece and your pores and skin will tolerate the supplies, then that is completely okay.
Simply have in mind: information 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 priceless and helpful in jewelry. Additionally take a look at our jewelry glossary, which has over 100 definitions for jewelry phrases: it’s going to completely get you in control with jewelry jargon while you’re procuring.
2. Sporting the identical jewelry on daily basis
Even I understand how simple it’s to slide into the behavior of carrying the identical items day in, time out and virtually by no means taking them off. But it surely’s a superb behavior to interrupt for a few causes.
Firstly, your on a regular basis jewelry will get dirty in locations you’ll be able to’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.
You need to take off your on a regular basis items often 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 may be boring and no person desires that! So have a take into consideration the jewelry you’ve gotten in your assortment and the way you should use extra of it frequently.
If you do not have a lot jewelry or your assortment has some gaps in it, then give you a plan so as to add extra items over time (together with dropping huge hints to family members on the proper occasions of yr, after all).
3. Not being artistic with jewelry and equipment
Associated to tip 2: do not be boring!
When the seasons change is a superb time to do some experimenting in entrance of a mirror with totally different outfits and equipment, particularly together with jewelry. Be as artistic as you’ll be able to with mixtures and make notes of what works for you so you may keep in mind to combine it up as you are getting dressed for work or totally different events.
Additionally make be aware of any forms of items you want you needed to prolong your wardrobe additional. Making the fitting funding in jewelry and equipment can add a substantial amount of creativity and flexibility to your wardrobe for years to come back.
You need to try our 15 high jewelry model suggestions for extra recommendation on taking advantage of your jewelry assortment whereas not shedding your self within the course of.
4. Not cleansing your jewelry
As alluded to above, it is a huge one. So many individuals fail to scrub their jewelry often, if in any respect. It may be simple to overlook the construct up of basic grime and tarnish, however – imagine me – it is going to be there and it is going to be noticeable to others.
You put on jewelry in opposition to your pores and skin and clothes for prolonged intervals whereas enterprise all kinds of actions, so after all it’s going to want cleansing once in a while, simply as your clothes does.
I like to recommend scheduling an intensive clear of your jewelry at the least twice a yr (or extra typically relying on the way you put on and retailer your items and for those who stay in a damp location). The transition into hotter and cooler months of the yr is a superb time to do it. This will contain something from a fast wash with a mild cleaning soap by way of to extra advanced tarnish and dirt elimination, relying on the items.
It pays to teach your self about the 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 is best to positively delve deeper into our complete jewelry cleansing & care information.
Remember so as to add cleansing your jewelry as a recurring process 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 admittedly not a good suggestion. It is abrasive and it’ll deplete the metallic over time, making heirloom items much less and fewer priceless. It could additionally terminally harm finishes. Similar 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 strong gold, similar to gold vermeil, gold stuffed or gold plated. You’re prone to take away the dear gold from the floor of your jewelry and it could be troublesome or unimaginable to restore. Study extra about several types of gold that will help you perceive why.
Utilizing any type of alcohol with gem stones is prone to even be a nasty thought. The truth is my favorite tip is to make use of alcohol for ingesting functions solely, ought to that be your type of factor! That is particularly necessary for extra porous gems like pearls, opals, turquoise and lapis lazuli.
I like to recommend that you just keep away from harsh chemical compounds coming into contact along with your jewelry altogether, except these chemical compounds are particularly really helpful by professionals for cleansing the kind of jewelry you’ve gotten. 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 danger. As a substitute, discover a secure place to place your jewelry whilst you’re showering and make it a routine.
Additionally you may discover that your earrings, necklaces and gemstone rings are prone to get gummed up by the residue from shampoos, conditioners and soaps over time. Should you do maintain some items on while you bathe or bathe, then be sure to take them off each few weeks to provide them a superb clear: stud earrings particularly, as outlined above.
Particularly, it is 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 residence.
Swimming in swimming pools or the ocean whereas carrying treasured metallic jewelry isn’t really helpful. Chlorine utilized in swimming pools or jacuzzis can discolour silver and lots of gem stones – and it may even doubtlessly weaken gold. As for salt water, it may boring diamonds and erode soldered elements in metallic jewelry. And no person desires that.
7. Not storing your jewelry appropriately
Keep away from storing your jewelry in a spot the place humidity is a matter, particularly loos. Sterling silver jewelry particularly will tarnish quicker in humid locations, which means extra time you may have to spend cleansing it.
You also needs to retailer your treasured jewelry away from free flowing air. Partially it’s going to merely get dusty and dirty, however sterling silver and different metals will tarnish lots quicker when left unworn within the open air.
Additionally bear in mind that metallic jewelry which will get jumbled up and might simply rub in opposition to different metallic, gem stones or exhausting surfaces will get broken. You need to keep away from scratching and scuffing silver and gold particularly, but additionally softer gem stones.
I like to recommend storing your jewelry in a devoted jewelry field, jewelry roll and even maintain every bit (or pair) in its personal small padded field. It will restrict the publicity to flowing air and humidity. Relying in your storage arrange it may additionally assist to stop scratching and tangling. The reward containers which include our on-line jewelry orders might be good.
Should you favor to show your jewelry on a necklace tree or comparable, then be ready to scrub it far more often – and do not forget to mud it too!
8. Not clasping necklaces after taking them off
Associated to 7: it is best to at all times clasp your necklaces while you take them off. It will assist to keep away from tangled chains which might be very troublesome to tug aside. As a jeweller, I spend plenty of time untangling lengths of chain and I can guarantee you that it is not plenty of enjoyable.
Should you’re nonetheless having bother with tangles, then take a look at utilizing straws or different tubing that will help you out. You may put one finish of the necklace by way of the straw earlier than clasping it, which is able to make tangles just about unimaginable for many necklaces.
9. Not contemplating the ethics behind the jewelry you purchase
This tip is one I am particularly keen about as jewelry generally is a little bit of an moral minefield (and we genuinely work exhausting to be as moral and eco-friendly as potential).
Listed below are some points I like to recommend you take into account when procuring:
- Does the jewelry enterprise use recycled treasured metals the place potential? Does it recycle its personal metals?
- Are gem stones ethically sourced – particularly diamonds and different excessive worth stones, which have the potential to come from struggle zones?
- Are lab grown or simulated gem stones used when appropriate? These are usually extra moral and sustainable than mined stones whereas nonetheless being top 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 applicable? Too low-cost means virtually definitely implies that somebody is being ripped off someplace alongside the road (and it may even be you!).
- Take a look at our article on the way to actually assist impartial 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 the forms of outlets I am speaking about: they’re the large jewelry chain shops you see in lots of procuring 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 infrequently the workmanship is shoddy – to the purpose of their jewelry not being repairable if and when one thing goes mistaken.
Should you’re in search of excessive finish ‘conventional’ jewelry, particularly if it is supposed to be a treasured sentimental piece, then discover a smaller scale manufacturing jeweller with a superb status. It is nicely definitely worth the funding for this type of jewelry.
Should you’re in search of extra up to date, artisan model jewelry then discover impartial designers you want (hopefully together with Simone Walsh Jewelry) and patronise them as a lot as you’ll be able to to assist them keep afloat.
These approaches to buying jewelry will end in a a lot better funding for you. You may additionally profit from the texture good issue by procuring from companies which you can actually really feel snug supporting and serving to to flourish.
11. Not selecting a necklace to match your neckline
As a substitute of at all times throwing in your favorite necklace or pendant with virtually each outfit, have a take into consideration the different sorts and lengths of necklace that can go nicely with several types of necklines. You may discover it’s going to add much more curiosity and magnificence to your wardrobe.
It is a good suggestion to have an array of necklace lengths out there in your jewelry assortment. You also needs to choose up necklace extenders so you’ll be able to simply range the lengths of the necklaces and pendants you like to put on.
Fortunately now we have a necklace lengths and magnificence information with a useful chart that will help you work all of it out. You are welcome!
12. Failing to find out your ring measurement earlier than procuring
Not figuring out your ring measurement accurately will solely result in frustration, delays and probably further prices while you purchase rings: it is best prevented. Take the time to get your ring measurement proper earlier than procuring and to know what the problems are.
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Take a look at our ring measurement measuring information article, together with our ring measurement conversion chart for many suggestions. An important tip is to spend money on a hoop sizer earlier than you buy – and even go to a jeweller in individual to get an correct measurement.