Tuesday Tip: The Secret to Keeping Your Jewelry from Tarnishing

Tuesday Tip: The Secret to Keeping Your Jewelry from Tarnishing(Source: ThinkStock, Art by Tanya Leigh Washington)We love how jewelry can totally transform even the most basic outfits into something standout for not much of an investment. What we don't love? How our shiny baubles inevitably lose their luster over time. Amy Rodbell, owner and creative director of costume jewelry brand Swell Caroline, constantly fields questions from her customers about how to keep inexpensive jewelry looking new, and she was kind enough to share her surprisingly simple answer—no polishing required!
 

Tuesday Tip: The Secret to Keeping Your Jewelry from Tarnishing(Source: Amy Rodbell)
Most costume jewelry is made of acrylic, glass and plated metal, and oxygen is the enemy. As soon as you take your new jewelry out of the box, oxygen starts to wear away the pretty, glossy finish. As this chemical reaction occurs, you'll notice that your brightly colored golden-tone bracelet may begin to take on a brassy or, even worse, a greenish tone. The good news is that this is completely avoidable. Although we love to look at our pretty baubles and leaving them on your bathroom vanity or on a closet shelf may be tempting, if you simply place your jewels in a ziplock baggie you will prolong its wear for years if not decades. If you stop the oxygen, you'll stop the oxidation."
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