It’s safe to bet that most of our sparkly statement jewelry isn’t made up of real diamonds, emeralds, and rubies (have you ever seen a real neon pink gem?). That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care for them as if they were the real deal.
Store costume jewelry in a cool, dry location such as a jewelry box or sealed bags. Do not apply makeup or lotion while wearing your jewelry as the metals will absorb the substance and tarnish.
At the end of each wear, wipe down the pieces with a paper towel or a lint-free cloth. This will help remove any sweat, oil, dirt, etc. that the jewelry may have absorbed throughout the day. To give metals, not stones, a deeper cleaning, simply rub with a jewelry cloth. Polishes intended for gold or silver will discolor the metal. An easy way to clean gemstone pieces is with a soft-bristled toothbrush and hand soap. Simply moisten the are you wish to clean with water and a small amount of soap and gently scrub with the toothbrush.