I have always been one of those people who is laser-focused on looking as professional as possible, which is why I began second-guessing my choice of jewelry. I could tell that I was starting to look a little older, so I began choosing pieces that were a little more modern and delicate. It was really amazing to see how much of a difference it made in my life, and before I knew it, things had really come together. This website is here to help other people to know how to create a style of their own by using jewelry. Check it out for great information!
Handmade necklaces are special. Even if they're in the realm of costume jewelry, they take time and care in putting together. You should give the necklaces the same care when you buy and wear them so that they'll last as long as possible. You don't have to be an expert in how they were constructed -- just ensure they still fit and are still in good shape.
Check Them Periodically
Inspect all your necklaces closely on a regular basis, like once or twice a month. Look at clasps, crimp beads, wires, and metal bits to find corrosion and tarnish early on. It's much easier to clean off a little corrosion than it is to take out a long-neglected necklace and try to remove blackish or greenish blobs that have built up over time. Look at cords and cloth parts for cracks and tears, and check all other components for their general condition.
Go to a craft store and buy small plastic zip-top bags, and keep each necklace in one bag of its own. Keeping the necklaces separate and enclosed helps fight off corrosion from moisture in the air, and it prevents multiple necklaces from getting entangled. Gently roll up or arrange the necklace so that it doesn't tangle up with itself, and place it in the bag. Arrange all the bags in your jewelry box so that larger, heavier ones don't cover up smaller necklaces.
Try Them on Regularly
How a necklace looks on you can change as you get older and gain or lose weight. If there's a necklace that no longer looks good on you and you keep deciding not to wear it each time you try it on, it's time to give it to someone else. Set up a time once in a while to try on all your necklaces and do some decluttering. Having a "don't know" pile that you hang onto for a while is perfectly fine, but if there's one that isn't getting any love at all, then it's time to find a friend or family member who might love to wear that necklace regularly. That will free up space in your jewelry box for a new necklace, too, of course.
If the person who made the necklace by hand lives near you or has a website, you can also contact the artist for advice about necklace care. With the right care, these handmade beauties will last a very long time.Share