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How to Care for Rhinestone Jewelry

Western JewelryRhinestone jewelry is a beautiful addition to many western outfits. With proper care, it can last for many years. Here are some tips to help you take care of your rhinestone jewelry.

If you are going to use a spray-on product, such as perfume or hairspray, put it on before your jewelry to avoid damaging it.

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Store your rhinestone jewelry in a jewelry box or another location that breathes and is away from dust that could cause damage. If you don’t have enough space in your jewelry box, use a small cardboard box with cotton. Storing rhinestone jewelry for a long time in plastic bags can cause verdigris, a form of green corrosion.

The most important cleaning rule is never to immerse rhinestone jewelry with foil linings in any kind of liquid because that can ruin the thin foil lining on the back of the stone.

You can keep your jewelry clean between regular cleanings by spraying a paper towel with a little soft water or window cleaner so it is barely damp. Buff the jewelry briefly to make it sparkle.

If your rhinestones need a deep cleaning, fill a small bowl with cold or lukewarm water. Add one or two drops of clear dishwashing liquid (not dishwasher detergent) and stir the water slightly. It should not be bubbly. If you have hard water, add two tablespoons of vinegar.

Moisten a soft brush, such as a soft toothbrush or a baby brush, and then shake it out so that it is only damp. Gently brush the jewelry, focusing on the nooks and crannies where dust accumulates, taking care not to damage old finishes and plating. You do not need to rinse. After you have finished cleaning the jewelry, buff it dry.

You can use a wooden or plastic toothpick covered with a tissue or a Q-tip to poke and clean hard-to-reach places. Don’t force anything into open spaces because you might damage the jewelry.

If your jewelry has unfoiled rhinestones, you can follow the procedure above or immerse it in lukewarm water with a teaspoon of white vinegar and a drop of liquid dishwashing liquid (not dishwasher detergent). Then clean it using a toothbrush.

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