As much as some people don’t want to admit it. A number of people still own costume jewelry.
They are cheap and almost as pretty as the ones made with original precious stones .
The issue is when they begin to change color 😳. Nobody likes that.
The good news is that costume jewelry is cleanable.
But first, remember this mantra and repeat it to yourself: as little liquid as possible.
Cleaning costume jewelry needs a softer touch than, say, a pair of diamond earrings.
There’s no hard and fast rule for how often they need to be cleaned, but a good rule of thumb is the more you wear a piece, the more it should be cared for.
Here’s a good, and easy, method. You likely have everything you need in your bathroom already:
Mix together one drop each of baby shampoo and water (regular jewelry cleaners, usually meant for the real deal, are too harsh to use on costume pieces). Use a soft toothbrush or Q-Tip to clean hard-to-reach spots. Rinse off quickly in cool water and dry with a clean, soft hand towel or microfiber cloth. Use a hairdryer on the cool setting to be sure each piece is totally dry. This will keep them from rusting. Use a warmer setting and the piece may warp, or the glue holding any gemstones in place could melt.
It’s important to remember not to use anything acidic like vinegar or baking soda. Because this type of jewelry is so fragile, using something harsh or with a lot of acid could ruin it rather than make it look like new again.