offers a fashionable way to accessorize without breaking the bank. However, maintaining its sparkle can be challenging. In this guide, we’ll share tips on how to clean and care for your faux jewelry. With their elaborate designs, these pieces can quickly accumulate dirt and debris. Additionally, they may lose their color due to exposure to water, perspiration, air, and body lotions. Luckily, these issues can be tackled with the right approach.
What Causes Jewelry to Turn Green?
So, why does costume jewelry turn green? When the acidity levels of an individual’s skin come into contact with certain metals in jewelry, it can cause a chemical reaction that results in the jewelry turning green. The primary cause of this reaction is the presence of copper, which oxidizes when exposed to moisture and air, forming a green patina called verdigris. This green color can sometimes transfer to the wearer’s skin, leaving a greenish tint.
In addition to copper, other metal alloys like brass and bronze, which contain copper, can also cause jewelry to turn green. Metals such as nickel and zinc can sometimes cause similar reactions, though they are less common. Factors such as skin pH, humidity, and the use of cosmetic products can exacerbate the green coloration process. Individuals with higher skin acidity levels may experience this issue more frequently.
To minimize the chances of jewelry turning green, choose pieces made of materials that are less prone to oxidation, such as gold, platinum, stainless steel, or sterling silver. Regular cleaning and proper storage of jewelry can also help prevent the formation of the green patina.
Can the Green Color be Prevented in the Future?
Since the green color forms when your skin contacts the jewelry and perspiration is involved, preventing this reaction is difficult. However, a clever solution is to coat the jewelry with nail polish. Applying a clear nail polish on a ring, for example, creates a barrier between the jewelry and your skin, preventing the color change. Plus, nobody will even notice the coating! Is there a specific type of jewelry prone to this issue? Generally, inexpensive jewelry is more likely to corrode upon contact with sweat. On the other hand, stainless steel and white gold pieces tend to be more resistant.
Cleaning the Green Gunk off your Jewelry
Cleaning fake jewelry that has turned green can be a simple task if you follow the right steps. The green tarnish is caused by oxidation, which occurs when the metal reacts with moisture and other elements. To restore your jewelry’s shine, follow these easy steps:
- Gather your supplies: To clean your jewelry, you’ll need a soft toothbrush, mild dish soap, a bowl, white toothpaste (optional), and a soft cloth or towel.
- Mix soap and water: In the bowl, combine a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water. Stir the mixture until suds form.
- Gently scrub your jewelry: Dip the soft toothbrush into the soapy water and gently scrub the green areas of your jewelry. Be careful not to scratch the metal or any stones.
- Rinse thoroughly: Once you’ve removed the green tarnish, rinse the jewelry under warm running water, making sure to remove all soap residue.
- (Optional) Apply toothpaste: If your jewelry still has some green spots, apply a small amount of white toothpaste to the affected areas. Gently scrub with the toothbrush, then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
- Dry your jewelry: Carefully pat your jewelry dry using a soft cloth or towel. Make sure it’s completely dry before storing or wearing it to prevent further tarnishing.
- Store properly: To prevent future tarnishing, store your fake jewelry in a cool, dry place, away from moisture and direct sunlight. You can also place anti-tarnish strips or silica gel packets in your jewelry box to help absorb excess moisture.
By following these steps, you can easily clean your fake jewelry and restore its original shine. Regular cleaning and proper storage will help prolong the life of your jewelry and keep it looking beautiful.
As a jewelcraft master, I have spent years honing my craft and perfecting my skills in creating beautiful, high-quality fine jewelry. I take great pride in my work, and I am always striving to create pieces that are unique, elegant, and timeless. In addition to creating jewelry, I also love to share my knowledge and passion with others through writing. That’s why I enjoy blogging about fine jewelry, where I can provide insight into the design process, share interesting industry news and trends, and offer tips on how to care for and style jewelry.