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Top Mistakes You'd Stop Making For Jewelry

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

As a jeweler, We suspect you're making all sorts of mistakes with your jewelry that we really wish you weren't. It could be due to lack of time or bad habits, but most likely it's because you simply don't have enough information to realize what the problems might be.

So we are here to help you to correct your errors by listing our top jewelry mistakes and how to avoid them - for your own sake. They will help you save time, money and keep your jewelry looking great.




1. NOT UNDERSTANDING THE MATERIALS USED TO MAKE JEWELLERY

Just because a piece of jewelry is gold or silver in color doesn't mean it's made from those specific metals. In particular, if a piece of jewelry gives the appearance of being gold but it's inexpensive, then it's almost certainly not gold at all: at best it will be very thinly plated. Gold is a very expensive metal and there is no such thing as cheap gold jewelry. Find out more about gold and different types of gold used in jewelry.


2. WEARING THE SAME JEWELLERY EVERY DAY

Firstly, your everyday jewelry will get grimy in places you can't see or in ways that you don't necessarily notice because the changes take place slowly. That's especially the case for stud earrings where part them is hidden behind your ear lobe, gathering chemicals from washing your hair and potentially leading to infections.


Secondly, you'll be boring and nobody wants that! So have a think about the jewelry you have in your collection and how you can use more of it on a regular basis.


3. NOT BEING CREATIVE WITH JEWELLERY AND ACCESSORIES

When the seasons change is a great time to do some experimenting in front of a mirror with different outfits and accessories, especially including jewelry. Be as creative as you can with combinations and make notes of what works for you so you'll remember to mix it up as you're getting dressed for work or different occasions.


4. USING BAD JEWELLERY CLEANING METHODS

While it's better to make an effort to clean your jewelry than to not to do it at all, not all cleaning methods are created equal and some may permanently damage your precious pieces. So beware!

Cleaning your precious silver or gold jewelry with toothpaste is really not a good idea. It's abrasive and it will deplete the metal over time, making heirloom pieces less and less valuable. It may also terminally damage finishes. Same goes for using baking or bicarb soda paste which is rubbed against the metal to clean it: just don't do it.

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