How to: make costume jewellery last longer (no green fingers here!)

how to care for costume jewellery - nail polish!

I like to wear costume jewellery. Don’t get me wrong, I love the good stuff too, but occasionally an outfit calls for a chunky cocktail ring or a huge neckplate that won’t break the budget. That’s where the fake stuff comes in.

I picked up a handy trick a few years back that I thought would be worth teaching you so that you can continue to enjoy costume jewellery without getting green fingers or a grey neck. You know what I’m talking about. The telltale sign of your cheeky cheapie, leaving its branding for all to see.

Clear nail polish. True story. Run a coat of clear polish around the inside of the ring or on the back of the necklace and you’ll be saved the dirty marks and, in the case of a big necklace, probably a couple of unsightly pimples too. I find top coat works best, or a base coat if you’re in a pinch, but never a clear. I’m kidding! Any old clear lacquer will do. Heck, you could use a colour if you like. Who am I to judge, I’m telling you to paint your jewellery with nail polish.

Try it and tell me if it works. Or, don’t try it if you have some weird nail polish allergy. I don’t have a good enough lawyer for that.


PS – don’t forget I’m giving away 5 x $100 styletread gift vouchers

4 Responses to "How to: make costume jewellery last longer (no green fingers here!)"

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  1. Corinne Baird

    April 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Thanks for the tip! I’ve just done this on a few of my favourite costume jewellery rings. I hate it when the ‘silver’ rubs off! 🙂

  2. Lucy

    April 18, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Ahhhh finally! A solution to this problemm!!

    Thanks so much for the tip and sharing, this will come in good use!!

    Style Willow
    Style Willow

    SW x

  3. Dana

    June 14, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Excellent advice! Thanks 🙂

  4. work from home

    January 21, 2014 at 5:23 am

    I found this great store in the lower east side on Orchard Between Broome and Grand called Delicate Raymond Jewelry Bar. They sell AMAZING vintage and costume jewelry for $5. They’re selection is incredible and they have a TON to choose from. If you love vintage jewelry this is the place to go for sure!!Check it out! it is 73A Orchard Street btw Broome and Grand!!

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