the Most from Rhinestone Jewelry
ow well your rhinestone jewelry
is kept up will have a direct bearing on determining its value.
Maintaining your collection and keeping it in tip top condition will give
you the best return on your investment. The
following are a few essential things to keep in mind when taking care of your
rhinestone costume jewelry.
your pieces start to tarnish, you can clean them with any acid-free silver
you are using an acid base silver clear or are not sure if it is acid-free, then
use soft cloth to clean the rhinestone jewelry and don't dip the jewelry
into the a cleaning solution. Using a soft bristled toothbrush is also better
than dipping the jewelry into a solution. Gently brush the stones,
ensuring that you do not get any excess liquid into the rhinestone setting
behind the stones. Acid can damage
the foil on the back of the stones. Water,
sprays, perfumes and other liquids can cause the foil to separate from the stone
as well as accelerate tarnishing.
the pieces on a flat dry cloth or towel and using a clean, dry cosmetic brush,
dust them off. Once the rhinestones have been brushed carefully, turn the pieces
upside down and place them onto a dry cloth or towel.
Leave them sitting on the dry cloth or towel for three to four hours
before returning them to their air tight, moisture free container, cloth bag, or
zip locked bag.
from spraying deodorants, hairsprays, or perfumes around rhinestone jewelry.
These products will stick to the stones and damage them. They also attack
the silver plating and accelerate tarnishing.
heat can melt glue and cause moisture to form, you should not store your
rhinestones in hot places. The effects of heat and moisture can reduce the life
of your precious jewelry.
silver plated jewelry is generally finished with an anti-tarnish coating over
the silver. This extends the life of the jewelry before tarnishing.
Although tarnished silver can be cleaned, if the jewelry looks new, then don't
clean it since the silver cleaner will remove the anti-tarnish coating that is
still protecting it. Deodorants,
hairsprays, water, long term exposure to air and perfumes also wear down the
anti-tarnish coating faster. Because
of this, it is recommended when not using the jewelry to store it in a sealed
The Facts about Rhinestone Jewelry
The greater part of the costume
jewelry that is made does not contain nickel.
Rhinestone jewelry is made of base metal which is a simple alloy as well
as brass. The plating used is real
gold and real silver.
the international jewelry arena, rhinestone jewelry is authoritatively listed as
"imitation jewelry." The metals that are used to make the costume
jewelry are not made from precious metals; although they are plated with
precious metals. This means you will
probably never find rhinestone jewelry made in solid gold, silver, or other
these tips will keep your costume jewelry looking as good as real for a much