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Jewelry Mistakes You Should Never Make

Once you own a piece of jewelry, there are certain things you can do to keep your jewelry fresh, shiny, and looking brand new! There are also ways to pair certain types of jewelry with an outfit, and oftentimes, less is more.

So, are there rules to owning jewelry? No. Are there mistakes many people make that can be avoided? Yes. Here are common jewelry mistakes that you should never make. 

Wearing Your Jewelry in Water 
Water is an easy way to tarnish and damage your jewelry. Shampoos, conditioners, and body wash can cause your jewelry to tarnish, weaken and dull more quickly than normal. Also, showering with jewelry makes it easier for smaller  pieces to slip off and tumble down the drain before you realize it has fallen off. Swimming with jewelry is also not a good idea as chlorine can weaken the metal, while saltwater can sometimes erode the metal. It is always a good idea to take off your jewelry when you know you will be in water!

Not Storing Your Jewelry Properly 


Where you decide to store your jewelry can actually have an impact on its appearance. Free flowing air can have a negative impact on your pieces, as well as humidity and other pollutants that we cannot see. A jewelry box can ensure that your jewelry is protected, as air exposure is limited. Also, many boxes come with separate compartments so that jewelry does not rub against each other reducing scratches and damage. For necklaces, we recommend a “necklace tree” or necklace holder where the jewelry can freely hang and not get tangled; but you may have to dust and clean your necklaces more often if you do store them this way.

Not Cleaning Your Jewelry
Jewelry accumulates dirt, grime, dust, hair and basically everything you came into contact with that day. Not cleaning your jewelry regularly will cause it to tarnish more quickly. Depending on how often you wear and how you store your jewelry, you may need to clean your jewelry every few weeks, once a month or once every couple months. Cleaning can involve a soft rub with a jewelry cleaning cloth, a gentle wash with soap, or a deep grime removal process. This will not only help reduce dullness, but will also allow your jewelry to last longer!

Matching Your Necklace To Your Neckline


This rule is definitely optional, as you can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in. However, before you throw on the same necklace you wear everyday, consider your necklace collection and pay attention to the different types and lengths of necklaces that you have. You can use different lengths to emphasize your neck. A shorter chain can emphasize a longer neck, while a longer one works to accentuate your collarbones.

Not Being Creative 
Sometimes wearing the same set of jewelry everyday can become boring. Experimenting with looks can not only be beneficial, but can also help with trying out new pieces. The changing of seasons can be a great way to do this. Try matching your jewelry to your outfits and take notes of what works for you and what doesn’t work for you. If you don’t have much jewelry in your collection, create an idea or plan for how and when you can acquire more pieces. Like maybe for your birthday, holidays, or a special occasion.

Jewelry can be an essential part to anyone’s wardrobe, which can make (or break) a look while you wear it. These mistakes are just a few common ones that many people make, but they can be avoided by following the steps above! You should always take care of your jewelry, especially if the piece holds special meaning. Overall, your style and beauty comes from within and with confidence! If you think it looks good, feels comfortable and makes you smile then wear it!

Be sure to check out our collections of birthstone rings and birthstone necklaces. We are certain you’ll find a piece you can add to your own collection.
Kate Lowery

Kate Lowery

Kate Lowery is a writer for PaulaMax Jewelry. She has written a lot of content over the years on various topics, but has found a passion for jewelry along the way. When she is not writing, you can find Kate riding her horse or swimming among the waves of each coast of the U.S.

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