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How To Take Care of Your Costume Jewelry

Jessica Castillo-Perez

Posted on June 26 2015

I think it will be appropriate to start of this blog series with giving you a few pointers on how to take care your fashion jewelry. So here we go...

Costume jewelry (or often referred to as fashion jewelry, trinkets,  junk jewelry, fake jewelry etc) was a term used early 20th century which reflected the use of the word "costume" to refer to what we know now to be an "outfit". Most costume jewels are made of inexpensive jewels, rhinestones, silver, brass, crystals cubic zirconia, plastic acrylic and leather. This type of jewelery is used to complement a particular fashionable look at an affordable price.

Like everything in life, costume jewelry has its advantages and disadvantages, which should be consider carefully when purchasing costume jewelry.


  1. Price - Costume jewelry is much cheaper than higher end or fine jewelery, so you get to sparkle at a cheaper price :).
  2. Variety - A much wider range of jewelry options. 
  3. Niche - With such a wide range of styles and types, jewelry can be worn by both men and woman!


  1. Discoloration - After prolonged ware, costume jewelry can become discolored.
  2. Sizes - Because not all fashion jewelry are constructed the same way, sizes in jewelry may vary.
  3. Damage - Costume jewelry is more susceptible to dings and stains.

So after weighing the pros and cons is fashion jewelry, lets discuss some techniques on how to keep your costume jewelry looking its best:

    1. Keep it CLEAN - Costume jewelry has a tendency of tarnishing when exposed to moisture, oils, salts and acids. Wipe each piece of jewelry with a soft, clean cloth as soon as you remove it  to remove any oil, salt or acid contaminants and to dry the piece. Go easy on the cleaning to avoid removing gold or silver plates from the pieces. Avoid using harsh chemical products as well.

    2. Keep it CLEAN - BUT not to clean - Avoid showering, swimming or exercising as this may result in faster discoloration and tarnishing of the silver-gold plating.

    3. Keep it SAFE - Store your fashion jewelry individually in its case,  in your jewelry box, or jewelry pouch. When metals are exposed to the air there’s a reaction that causes discoloration. Placing your jewelry individually avoids scratching on the items.

    4. Keep it OFF - SOMETIMES! - Give your jewelry a break, from time to time. The more you ware it, the greater risk of discoloration. Fashion jewelry is not meant for daily use.
  1.   DON'TCOAT - Although there are rumors that coating jewelry with polish or gloss may reduce discoloration, most jewelry experts have found this is not true (Myself included). Over time these "coatings" actually have a tendency of yellowing. From personal experience, the chemicals in some of these alternatives may actually tarnish the plating on your jewelry.

I hope everyone finds this post helpful! Let me know your thoughts, feedback and any request for our next post in the comment section.


Happy Sparkling!
<3 Jess

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