Jewellery is a precious possession, and for many of us, our favorite jewellery holds sentimental value. Whether it's a family heirloom or a gift from a loved one, we want our jewellery to look as good as new, even after years of use. However, the beauty of our favorite jewellery can be marred by tarnishing over time. Tarnishing occurs when the metal of the jewellery reacts with the air, moisture, or chemicals, leading to discoloration and loss of shine. However, with a few simple hacks, you can prevent tarnishing and keep your favorite jewellery looking great for years to come. In this blog post, we will discuss eight of these hacks.
1. Use anti-tarnish strips
Anti-tarnish strips are small paper strips that contain chemicals that absorb moisture and prevent tarnishing. You can place these strips in your jewellery box or pouch to keep your jewellery tarnish-free. These strips are inexpensive and effective, and they can last for several months.
2. Wear your jewellery often
Believe it or not, wearing your jewellery often can prevent tarnishing. The oils in your skin can help keep the metal of your jewellery from oxidizing and tarnishing. So, don't be afraid to wear your favorite jewellery regularly. However, make sure to clean your jewellery and store it properly when you are not wearing it.
3. Store each piece separately
Storing each piece of jewellery separately can prevent scratching, tangling, and other damages that can lead to tarnishing. Use a jewellery box with compartments or individual pouches to keep your jewellery separate. Additionally, avoid storing different types of jewellery together as they can react with each other and cause tarnishing.
4. Avoid wearing it in the shower
Showering with your jewellery on can cause it to tarnish quickly. Be sure to remove your jewellery before stepping into the shower.
5. Add chalk to your jewellery box
Chalk is an easy and inexpensive hack that can be used to prevent tarnishing of your favorite jewellery. When jewellery is exposed to moisture, the metal can react and form a layer of tarnish. Chalk works by absorbing moisture from the surrounding air, thus preventing it from reacting with the metal in your jewellery. Simply place a piece of chalk in your jewellery box or pouch. However, remember to replace the chalk every 2 to 3 months as it becomes saturated with moisture.
Pro tip: Wrap the chalk in a small piece of cloth or muslin to prevent any chalk dust from getting on your jewellery!
6. Apply petroleum jelly
It’s not just for the lips! Applying petroleum jelly, like Vaseline, will create a barrier between your jewellery and the air, slowing down the oxidation process that causes tarnishing. This hack is especially useful for oxidized, fashion, CZ, and antique jewellery that are prone to tarnishing. Simply apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly on your jewellery, making sure to cover all the corners. You can use a cotton swab for where your fingers do not reach. Note that if you apply too much, it will look greasy and attract dirt and dust, so less is more.
7. Coat your jewellery with dry toothpaste powder
You already know how important cleaning and storing your jewellery is, but this cleaning hack will remove the monotonous routine you have to follow after every use. Take some dry toothpaste powder and sprinkle it on your jewellery, and use a soft-bristled brush to buff away the dirt and grime. Remember to be very gentle as CZ, antique, fashion, and oxidized jewellery are delicate items which can be easily damaged. Do this monthly and you will be good to go.
8. Absorb the moisture with uncooked rice
Rice is as good for your jewellery as it is for your stomach. The starch in it is a natural moisture absorber and is especially effective in the humid climate of India. Simply store your jewellery in uncooked rice or put a bowl of it in your jewellery box. Just remember to change the rice every 2 to 3 months for maximum results.
And there you have it! Eight simple hacks to prevent tarnishing of your favorite jewellery.
These hacks are easy, cost-effective, and can be done at home with items you already have! Speaking of jewellery, if you're looking for a brand that offers a wide range of CZ, antique, fashion, and oxidized jewellery, look no further than Tarinika.
Our exquisite collection is perfect for every occasion and is designed to make you stand out in the crowd. Plus, with these hacks, you can keep your Tarinika jewellery looking as pretty as you!