How to Take Care of Your Costume Jewelry During the Summer Months

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Our Paparazzi Accessories jewelry is a great way to accessorize your outfits and express your style without breaking the bank. However, proper care is really important to ensure your costume jewelry doesn’t tarnish, fade or break. This is especially true during the summer months, when you may be exposed to more heat, humidity, sweat, and water. In this blog post, I will share some top tips on how to take care of your favorite costume jewelry pieces during the summer months and keep them looking shiny and beautiful.

Tip 1: Clean Your Costume Jewelry Regularly

One of the most important things you can do to preserve your costume jewelry is to clean it regularly. This will help remove any dirt, dust, oil, or residue that may accumulate on your jewelry and cause it to lose its luster or damage its finish. To clean your costume jewelry, you will need a soft brush (such as a toothbrush), a microfiber cloth, mild dish soap, and warm water.

  • First, dry clean your jewelry by gently brushing it with a soft brush to remove any loose dirt or dust.
  • Next, wet a microfiber cloth with warm water and add a few drops of mild dish soap. Wipe your jewelry gently with the cloth, making sure to avoid any glued-on stones or embellishments that may come off.
  • Finally, rinse your jewelry with clean water and pat it dry with another microfiber cloth. Remember, you never want to submerge your jewelry in water or use harsh chemicals, oil, bleach, or other jewelry cleaners as this can affect the finish on your jewelry.

items needed to clean costume jewelry including water, mild dish soap and a soft brush

Tip 2: Store Your Costume Jewelry Properly

Another key factor in maintaining your costume jewelry is how you store it when you are not wearing it. Storing your jewelry properly can prevent it from getting tangled, scratched, or exposed to air and moisture that can cause tarnishing or discoloration. Here are some tips on how to store your costume jewelry properly:

  • It is best to store each piece of jewelry in an individual plastic bag.  This will prevent it from rubbing against other pieces and protect it from dust and oils in the air.   
  • Keep your jewelry out of direct sunlight and away from heat sources. Sunlight or heat can fade the colors or damage the finish of your costume jewelry.  
  • You can also use a jewelry case or pouches to organize your jewelry by type or material.  This will make it easier to find your favorite pieces when you are looking for them and avoid mixing different metals or stones that may react with each other.  plastic bags for storing jewelry pieces individually

Tip 3: Avoid Wearing Your Costume Jewelry in Certain Situations

While you can wear your Paparazzi jewelry pieces more or less everywhere, there are some situations where you should avoid wearing it or take extra precautions. This is because some elements or activities can harm your costume jewelry and cause it to deteriorate faster. Here are some situations where you should avoid wearing your costume jewelry or take extra precautions:

  • Do not wear your costume jewelry in water, oceans, pools, or hot tubs.  Water may cause the glue that holds the artificial gemstones in place to weaken or dissolve.  Also, chlorine and salt water may cause the paint or plating of your jewelry to corrode or become discolored. 
  • Do not wear your costume jewelry while exercising or sweating. Sweat can react with the metal of your jewelry and cause it to rust or tarnish.  It can also damage the surface of your costume jewelry or make it dull and sticky.  
  • Do not wear your costume jewelry while cooking or cleaning. Steam and heat can cause damage to the finish of your jewelry.  Also, chemicals or abrasives can scratch or erode your costume jewelry.   
  • Putting on your costume jewelry should be the last thing you do after applying makeup, perfume, hairspray, or lotion.  These products can leave behind residues on your jewelry that can affect its shine and color.  These products may also cause irritations if they come in contact with your skin through your jewelry.   woman swimming under water


Our Paparazzi Accessories costume jewelry is a fun and affordable way to spice up your summer outfits and express your personality. However, costume jewelry also requires some care and attention to keep it looking its best and lasting longer. By following these tips on how to clean, store, and avoid wearing your Paparazzi jewelry pieces in certain situations, you can enjoy your favorite jewelry pieces all summer long and beyond.

I hope you found this blog post helpful and informative. If you have any questions or comments about taking care of your Paparazzi jewelry during the summer months, please feel free to leave them below. I would love to hear from you!

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  • Great Blog!! Loved the tips for cleaning the pieces and how not wear them in the pool!! Can’t wait to see what else you Blog is about!!😍

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