3 Easy Tips To Keep Your Hip Hop Jewellery Clean & Sparkly
Choosing hip hop jewellery pieces to add to your collection is not an easy thing to do, with the tons of varieties to choose from, such as elegant tennis chains, the statement-making Cuban gold chain and Cuban link chain, the attention-worthy jesus piece, or even iced out watches and iced out jewellery. We don't have to tell you that buying one ain’t easy on the wallet as well! So it’s a no-brainer that you have to keep your precious pieces in tip-top shape to prolong their life or else you’ll see your money go down the drain in no time at all. And while having your jewellery professionally cleaned is a great step, it can get quite expensive at times, especially for your iced out jewellery! However, cleaning your hip hop jewellery on your own is easy as a pie, if you keep in mind a few things. That said, here are our top 3 tips to keeping your jewellery clean, sparkly, and in tip-top shape.
TIP #1: Stay away from jewellery cleaner solutions
Avoid buying jewellery cleaning solutions as they may contain harsh ingredients that might tarnish your jewellery. While some solutions on the market have rave reviews, it’s a safe bet to just make your own cleaner with safe and gentle ingredients to avoid cleaning disasters. The best DIY jewellery cleaning solution is even cheap and can be found at home! Just mix a few drops of dish detergent in warm water, submerge your jewellery piece for a few minutes – longer if it’s dirty – then gently scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse the piece in another bowl containing warm water then gently dry with a paper towel or a soft cloth.
Side note: Do not use a toothbrush on your iced out jewellery or tennis chains to avoid dislodging the prongs holding on to the gems!
TIP #2: Wear your jewellery last
It’s essential that you wear your jewellery last when it comes to outfit preparation. Put on your lotion and let it be absorbed into your skin or spray on your perfume and let it dry off before putting on your jewellery. Doing so ensures that the chemicals in your lotion or perfume wouldn’t interact with the metals in your jewellery. Also, substances such as body oil, nail polish and remover, sweat and chlorine cause plated jewellery to tarnish easily, so try to avoid having these substances come in contact with your bling as much as possible. And please, please don’t wear jewellery to the gym or when swimming! Remember, the gym and the pool are not the places to show off your Cuban link chain, tennis chain or even your iced out watches, you’ll only get laughed at for being foolish!
TIP #3: Clean and store
After wearing your jewellery, clean your pieces with a soft cloth to remove any accumulated dirt and dust, doing so also restores the shine of your items! Also, store your jewellery items in a proper place, such as a jewellery box or watch box (for your Casio vintage watch or iced out watches), and preferably wrapped up in a soft cloth or bag and separate from the other pieces.