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Published October 15th 2012
How to make your Swarovski gleam instead of turning green
Swarovski jewellery is really as dainty as it looks. A less than careful owner can easily destroy the good looking crystals without even trying. Here's how you can take care of these crystals without too much trouble.
Swarovski crystals, whether in your jewellery or other artefacts, should only be cleaned with mild soapy water. These crystals have a chemical coating on them that lets them refract light into delightful spectrums with every move you make. Being chemical by nature this coating will react with other chemical substances. Even tiny traces can make you wish you hadn't taken your precious jewellery out of its package. Do not use spray cleaners or harsh chemicals that can easily get to work on the chemical coating tarnishing it forever.
Avoid spraying perfume directly on your crystal jewellery. The chemicals in the perfume will react with the crystal and cause discoloration. Same goes for sweat. Whether it's a warm, humid day or a day at the tennis courts, there's a chance your Swarovski may be tarnished by sweat. Ensure you clean your crystal jewellery with mild soap and water before putting them away if you believe it may have come into contact with perspiration. Wipe them thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Keep them away from chlorine in the swimming pool or elsewhere. Sun tan lotions and other cosmetics may also play kryptonite to Swarovski crystals causing them to lose their typical brilliance. Polishing with a soft cloth may help but avoid harsh handling as it may cause the stones to come loose and fall out. Swarovski crystals are basically glass beneath all that glamour and are therefore prone to getting scratches.
Leaving crystal jewellery out in the open encourages tarnishing and loss of quality. You know what oxygen can do to metals and chemicals. So put two and two together and keep jewellery in cases, or in any air tight packing. It is best stored in its original packing or wrapped in some soft tissue or satin material. Avoid exposure to extreme hot weather and direct sunlight.
If something gets caught in your jewellery, try not to use excessive force to get it out; this may cause the setting to loosen and spit out the tiny crystals. Use a baby toothbrush or cotton bud with mild soap to lessen traction. Follow these tips religiously and you will get to hang on to and admire your precious Swarovski crystal jewellery for years to come.