Tip O’ the Day: Caring for Rhinestone bling
This perfect summer accent ring is, unfortunately, not from a field of diamonds. But that shouldn’t stop one from enjoying it. Whimsical, with little details on the petals, and a solid shank. I have been in love with it ever since I laid eyes on it. Where did I pick up this beauty? Marshalls.
The problem with stones not in a prong setting is that they fall out or lose their luster. A tip I picked up from a savvy traveler:
- Make sure the jewelry is clean
- Using a clear nail polish, lightly coat the jeweled areas
- Re-coat if needed
- Apply too many layers or too thickly (this will actually dull the stones)
If done correctly, this will help seal your stones in and also protect the shine that will ultimately fade – extending the life of your seasonal piece.
It is also important to remember that rhinestone jewelry needs to be keep free from moisture. Most rhinestones are set with adhesive instead of prongs, and moisture will cause the stones to lift. Most settings are also not from precious metals such as gold or silver, and will tarnish, detracting from the look of your piece. If you piece needs cleaning, use a lightly damp cloth and dry immediately after.
Every girl deserve a little glitter, no matter what the budget. Attention to these simple steps is a small price to pay to ensure those beautiful, rhinestone pieces carry you through the season, and beyond.