Fashion Jewelry or Costume Jewelry is jewelry created specifically for fashion. This means that you will have specific pieces of jewelry to match specific fashion outfits. Costume jewelry started out in the 1930s as a cheap, disposable accessory, Its purpose is solely for fashion as opposed to real jewelry that has intrinsic value or could be an heirloom, or something that was received on a special occasion such as engagement or wedding. Costume jewelry is made from cheaper materials such as glass plastics and base metals, instead of more valuable materials like gold and gems (Wikipedia).This type of cheap jewelry is meant to be worn for a short amount of time, when the clothing that matches it are in style and is then meant to be thrown away. It is more affordable to buy glass and metal jewelry if you are only planning to wear it for a season or two.Although it sound like it is just trashy accessories, this is not the case.Firstly, who says I have to wear a diamond ring every day. Why can’t these be looked at accessories unto themselves and not as a replacement for expensive jewelry.Secondly, not every occasion calls for wearing expensive jewelry. If I just want to go out with my friends shopping or bowling, I put on my Costume jewelry and I’m all ready to go.But lastly I believe the reason why it has become so popular is because it is so expensive to buy jewelry to fit every occasion.If I want to have jewelry that matches every outfit, I can’t afford to buy real jewelry.The fashion jewelry market has been very successful in the last few years. Online auction sites are a great place to buy cheap fashion jewelry.I sometimes buy a whole bunch of jewelry and pass it on to my friends.But the best thing about cheap fashion jewelry is the fact that I can wear whatever I want and I will always be able to complete my look with loads of jewelry.These new types of jewelry has become more and more popular over the last few years, particularly amongst younger fashion conscious people.When looking for costume jewelry you are not bound by the size and look of what you buy. Real jewelry is very expensive and therefore most people have to buy small diamonds, rings and bracelets. However when it comes to fashion jewelry there are no limits. There are so many options available. For earrings you can get studs, long hanging earrings, hoop earrings of every size, chandelier earrings, and many many more. For bracelets, you can get tennis bracelets, charm bracelets, stack-able bangles, or cuffs. Necklaces also come in several different styles. There are the very flashy big necklaces, there are simple chains with or without pendants. lockets, and more. All jewelry comes in every color, shape and size.When getting dressed up with fashion jewelry, you can really let your imagination loose with all the endless possibilities.
When determining how properly to clean a piece of jewelry, there are several factors that should be taken into consideration. Firstly, and most importantly, it is vital to know what materials are present in a particular jewelry item (metal type, gemstones present, plating, etc.). Once you determine the materials present in a piece of jewelry, the best method or combination of methods is much easier to determine. Below are the advantages and benefits of different methods and which methods are effective on various materials.Cleaning MethodsUltrasonic- Access to ultrasonic jewelry cleaning has traditionally been limited to jewelry professionals, but there are small ultrasonic cleaners intended for home use that can be purchased for less than $35.00. Ultrasonic cleaners hold a reservoir of cleaning solution in which jewelry can be submerged. Ultrasonic cleaners work by creating ultrasonic waves within the solution creating an effect called microagitation where tiny bubbles attack and flush out debris located on the surface of your jewelry and in all the tiny crevices. Ultrasonic cleaning is particularly effective at cleaning items such as diamond rings where there are lots of nooks and crannies where debris collects. If you have ever had your diamond jewelry cleaned at a jewelry, it is likely the jeweler used ultrasonic cleaning to make your diamond jewelry shimmer and shine. This cleaning method is very effective when cleaning intricate jewelry, but is usually not very effective on tarnished sterling silver.Silver Tarnish Remover (Liquid solution) – Many commercially available silver tarnish removing solutions (aka: Silver Dips) contain hazardous chemicals, and most are caustic! That being said, these sulfur rich dips are very effective-although the dips do stink to high heaven! For those of you interested in more environmentally friendly solutions there are several options available that are effective (they smell better too!). It is vital that silver dips be used only on jewelry items that are comprised of Silver only! The aggressive acids in silver dips can (and will) damage gemstones, pearls, and any other porous material present. Most silver dips come with instructions and a list of safety measures that should be taken when using the products. Be sure to read any documentation that comes with the silver dip of your choice, and make sure to follow any and all safety guidelines related to the use of the product because these are serious chemicals we are dealing with.Soapy Water Solution- This method of cleaning is just as the name suggests. Create a soapy mixture using a mild soap or dish detergent and warm water.If you are using a liquid dish detergent (not dishwasher detergent!!!) just a few drops of detergent for every half cup of water will do the trick. Submerge the jewelry in the soapy mixture and allow the jewelry to soak for 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the situation.Polishing Cloths- Polishing cloths are great for putting a quick shine on your favorite jewelry and for keeping your jewelry looking great.A dry soft jewelry polishing cloth is ideal to keep with you for any quick fixes you may need to make. Also available, are wet polishing cloths. These cloths are saturated with an oily solution that will clean up anything from an old penny to the most tarnished sterling silver. The wet polishing cloth of choice for me is the Cape Cod Polishing cloth. These cloths are available at many places online and from many jewelers. To use a wet cloth you gently wipe your jewelry in a repetitive buffing motion and then polish the jewelry with a soft, lint-free dry polishing cloth; I promise your jewelry will look great! These wet cloths should be used on metals and some plastics. I do not recommend using wet cloths on stones or any porous material because these cloths may leave a residue if allowed to soak into a porous material.Acceptable cleaning methods from the above list for MetalsPlatinum- Ultrasonic, dry/wet polishing cloths, soapy water.
Gold- Ultrasonic, dry/wet polishing cloths, soapy water.
Sterling Silver- Ultrasonic, dry/wet polishing cloths, soapy water, tarnish removing silver dips
Tungsten- Ultrasonic, dry/wet polishing cloths, soapy water.
Titanium- Ultrasonic, dry/wet polishing cloths, soapy water.GemstonesWhen cleaning jewelry where gemstones are present, consideration should be given to the texture of the stone(s). In most cases, polished stones are easier to clean than porous or raw stones. Porous stones will often allow liquid to soak into them which can sometimes damage the stone, but more often it will be difficult to thoroughly rinse clean-saturated stones take much longer to dry. Below, various gemstone types and cleaning methods are discussed.Agate, turquoise, and other porous stones- Very often, agate jewelry features a cross-section slice of an agate rock with a polished surface. As with most any stone (porous or otherwise), soaking agate jewelry in a solution of a mild soap and warm water for 30 minutes to an hour, followed by a thorough rinse in warm water will do the trick. After rinsing, allow the agate or stone jewelry to air dry. Once dry use a soft, lint-free cloth to shine up any areas that need to shine. This method of cleaning is appropriate for nearly all gemstones, especially the porous stones. It is very important to rinse stones very well and it is an absolute must that you allow the stones to air-dry completely.Black Onyx and other polished stones- Polished stones are generally less likely to absorb liquids as easily as their porous counterparts. It is common for polished stones to get dirty from coming in contact with oil from your skin, residue from cosmetics, etc. Finger prints and make-up residue can be easily removed with a dry polishing cloth. Simply buff the face of the stone with a dry, soft, and lint-free polishing cloth to shine these stones. If there are stubborn areas, a quick wipe with a damn cloth will usually do the trick followed by a quick shine with the dry polishing cloth. If these methods prove unsuccessful, try a good long soak in a soapy water solution followed by an air-dry and dry buff.Please NoteThe methods discussed in this article are based on experience from working with jewelry comprised of diverse materials. That being said, every situation is different, and if you are hesitant to clean your own jewelry, consult a jeweler before risking damaging your jewelry.
Buying jewelry is not just for pleasure. A piece of jewelry is an investment and, therefore, it must be cared for so that its beauty and value will not diminish. This means that there are instances when jewelry should never be worn. For example, jewelry must be taken off when cleaning the house, especially when abrasive and strong chemicals are utilized. The surfaces of the jewelry will most likely be scratched or corroded when exposed to chemicals. This also applies to beauty products such as cleansing creams and lotions. Other chemicals, such as hairspray and perfume should also be away from jewelry.For some types of jewelry and gemstones, water can have a damaging effect. Thus, it is a sensible idea to remove jewelry when taking a bath, swimming in the beach or in the pool, or even walking under the rain. All these precautions are needed to keep the jewelry intact. These precautions cannot, however, keep the jewelry clean and shining. The owner of jewelry must take the time and effort to regularly clean his or her treasures. Some very expensive pieces of jewelry need the professional cleaning skills of a jeweler but most fine jewelry can be happy with this basic cleaning method.The basic method of cleaning jewelry involves four simple steps. First, the jewelry must be wiped with soft cloth that has been soaked in a mixture of mild soap and warm water. Using harsh detergents and stain removers is not advisable for fine jewelry. Second, the jewelry must be rinsed, using warm water again. But the jewelry must not be soaked in water. Some types of jewelry, such as those made of silver and gold may tarnish because of water. Third, the jewelry must be polished with soft cloth. Using brushes or any bristled tool is no way to treat fine jewelry. And fourth, the jewelry must be thoroughly dried before it gets stored away in a pouch or box.For some types of jewelry and gemstones, there are unique approaches to cleaning. For example, lapis lazuli must be cleaned with a mixture of cold water with a small portion of mild soap. The other gemstones that do not react well with hot water are emeralds, jade, marcasite, and turquoise. Jewelry made of jade, as well as pearls, should only be wiped with soft moist cloth. They should be rubbed gently. Emeralds and opals, on the other hand, can withstand a few minutes of soaking in cold water.A piece of jewelry which has diamonds will involve a different approach. Diamonds, despite their strength, can easily lose their shine and brilliance because they attract grease and dust. The oils that are naturally released by the skin can be deposited on the diamond, making the jewelry’s luster dissipate. To prevent this, it must be regularly cleaned, such as once every week. A quick cleaning of the diamond can be done by using a toothbrush with gentle bristles. The toothbrush must be first soaked in a cleaner fluid for diamond. This fluid is usually ammonia-based. For stubborn dirt, the diamond can be soaked overnight in such fluid. But other types of cleaning liquids, such as those that contain chlorine and abrasives, should not be used on diamond.And finally, the brushing and the soaking of the diamond jewelry may not be a good idea if the diamond is in a setting. The cleaning fluid and the bristles of the toothbrush may weaken the jeweler’s cement that holds the diamond. If in a setting, the diamond jewelry may need a professional jeweler.