I know we all make mistakes when it comes to handmade jewellery online shopping. It could be due to a lack of knowledge, bad habits, or time constraints. So here we are with the 5 jewellery mistakes and how to avoid them.
Has basic knowledge
When shopping for jewellery you should know what it is made up of. If the seller is unable to give you information on the design of handmade jewellery and the material used, you should refrain from buying it. If particular jewellery pieces like gold but is inexpensive, then it certainly is not gold. It may be gold plated. Gold is expensive, and there is nothing like cheap gold jewellery. Non-precious metal jewellery may turn your skin black or green and cause allergic reactions. You must also know if the gemstones are natural or manmade, government certified, and authentic. You certainly don't want to buy a fake gemstone and pay exorbitant for it. Just keep in mind to be well informed about the different types of metals and their benefits and disadvantages.
Not changing jewellery often
Most of us keep wearing the same jewellery every day. You must change your jewellery regularly as your everyday jewellery will gather dust and grime. You may not notice this as it happens over a prolonged time. This holds true more for earrings as part of the pieces lay hidden behind your ear lobe and may cause infections. You should take off your daily jewellery pieces in 1-2 weeks and clean them properly with some warm soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. Secondly, trying different jewellery will may you look interesting and attractive!
Not cleaning your jewellery
Most of us do not clean our jewellery. The dirt and grime that you may not notice can easily be noticed by an onlooker. Just as your clothes need cleaning, your jewellery needs to be cleaned as it comes in contact with your skin, clothes, and various other objects throughout the day. Ideally, you should clean your jewellery at least twice a year. You can give it a quick wash with soap and water or remove the tarnish and grime through a more complex method, depending on the material and how dirty it is.
Using wrong jewellery cleaning methods
While it's important to clean your jewellery, not all cleaning methods are effective and proper, and some may even permanently damage your jewellery pieces. Using toothpaste as jewellery cleaner is really not a good idea. It's abrasive, and it will corrode the metal over time, making it lose its value. It may also damage finishes permanently. Some rub baking soda against the metal to clean it: just don't do it. Do not use any form of alcohol with gemstones. Avoid harsh chemicals unless if they are specifically recommended by professionals for cleaning the jewellery type you have.
Wearing jewellery while swimming or bathing
You must avoid wearing jewellery in water due to many reasons. Firstly, the jewellery can be lost while showering or swimming. Imagine your finger ring slipping off and falling into the drain! It's going to be a heavy loss for you.
Also, you'll find that your jewellery pieces are likely to get covered up by the residue from soaps, shampoos, and conditioners over time. Also, it's better to remove pearls and opal jewellery as long-term exposure to water damages these stones permanently.
Finally, if you're going for a swim, let your jewellery stay safe at home.
We hope the above tips will help you give your jewellery a long life and continuous dazzle!