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by Jesús Zabala - 3 min read

Handmade Jewelry Care Instructions

Handmade jewelry has become very popular because of its uniqueness. Handmade pieces can be customized, which makes this jewelry valuable. Proper craftsmanship offers it individuality that singles it out from mass-produced jewelry. For it to last longer, you should follow several handmade jewelry care instructions.

Read on to learn how important it is to regularly care for your jewelry. We will show you how to clean and store your favorite handmade jewelry pieces in an effortless way.

Let’s dive in!

The Importance of Proper Care of Handmade Jewelry

Proper care is essential if you want to maintain your jewelry beautiful and long-lasting. These delicate pieces need special attention to ensure they are in good condition. We design handmade jewelry and we know how much effort and delicate elements we need to make it. 

So, handmade jewelry, if not handled properly, can be damaged. Follow our recommendations on how to care for custom jewelry.

Handmade Jewelry Care Instructions

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Cleaning and storage

We recommend regular cleaning to remove dirt, oils, and other debris that can dull the appearance of your handmade jewelry. To clean your pieces, use a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe away any dirt or residue. Avoid harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as they can damage the delicate materials.

Proper storage is just as crucial as cleaning. You should avoid storing many jewelry pieces together because they can rub against each other, which can cause wear and tear. 

We advise storing your handmade jewelry in a jewelry box or storage case with compartments. This will prevent scratches, tangles, and other potential damage.

Exposure to harsh chemicals and direct sunlight

You need to protect your handmade jewelry from exposure to harsh chemicals, perfumes, and lotions. We recommend not to wear your jewelry when doing chores, swimming, or using cleaning products. The chemicals in these products can tarnish or damage metals.

Keep your jewelry away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures when storing it. Prolonged exposure to sunlight can fade gemstones and cause metals to tarnish. Extreme temperatures can also cause discoloration of certain materials. That is why we tell customers that keeping their jewelry in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, is best.

Handling and Wearing Tips 

Follow our expert tips on how to handle and wear delicate handmade jewelry. 

  • Always handle handmade jewelry with clean hands to prevent them from getting in contact with oils and dirt
  • Do not pull chains, strands, or fragile elements, as they can break easily
  • We advise you to put on handmade jewelry after applying makeup, perfume, or lotions, as the chemicals in them may tarnish and damage the materials
  • Remove jewelry before swimming, gardening, exercising, or any other activity that may expose it to harsh conditions

Repairs and Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance is crucial to make your jewelry last longer. Moreover, it contributes to the appearance of the jewelry. That is why we recommend you to do the following:

  • Polish handmade jewelry – Over time, metals may develop tarnish due to moisture. You can gently polish jewelry with a soft cloth to restore its shine.
  • Prevent tarnish – To prevent tarnish, store handmade jewelry in an airtight container.
  • Clean jewelry – Clean handmade jewelry from time to time to remove dirt and oil. Use a mild soap or specialized jewelry cleaner, and gently scrub with a soft brush or cloth. Rinse it and dry it.
  • Carefully store jewelry – Store handmade jewelry in separate compartments to prevent scratches. Avoid exposing it to direct sunlight, extreme temperatures, or humidity as they can cause tarnish.
Repairs and Maintenance Tips

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By following handmade jewelry care instructions, you will prolong the lifespan of your jewelry and its good look. That is why we recommend taking proper care, especially for jewelry pieces that are fragile and delicate.

We advise you to regularly clean your jewelry to remove any oils or dirt. Store your jewelry in a dry place, away from direct sunlight. Keeping each piece in a different bag or box compartment is best to prevent scratching. Remember to put on your jewelry once your perfume and lotions are absorbed to avoid deterioration.

Jesús  is the founder and designer of JewelryLab. He is the Head of Design and also oversees production, quality control, and precious metal sourcing.