Extend the Life of Your Jewelry

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Jewelry tends to be an investment for many, which is why it is important to care for it in the right way. By doing so, you will be able to extend the life of all of your pieces, ensuring that they stay in top condition for years to come.

Separate Soft Compartments
If you usually keep your jewelry heaped together in a box or a drawer, this is something that needs to change if you want to prolong the life of all of your pieces. Jewelry that is kept cluttered together will only end up scratching and damaging each other, which is why it is best to keep items separately, in soft containers or compartments, when you are not wearing them. You should then store these containers in a dark and dry place, avoiding areas such as your bathroom, as this will expose it to prolonged moisture.

Keep It Dry
Not only should you take your jewelry off when bathing, but you should also ensure that it does not come into contact with salt water or chlorine, as both of these can be really harsh on metal and cause a reaction. Sweat is something else that you should try to avoid, as this can cause discoloration in your jewelry, especially if your sweat is quite acidic, so remove any jewelry before exercising. If you usually put on your jewelry before applying your perfume, it may be worth doing this the other way round, as the chemicals within the average perfume can cause quite the reaction with metal and finishes.

Re-Engraving
Items of jewelry that feature engravings are usually tied to special, meaningful moments, and it can be quite upsetting when the engravings begin to fade. However, many people do not realize that you can actually get these pieces re-engraved, which will give them a whole new breath of life.

Cleaning pendant with toothbrush

Keep it Clean
No matter how much you take care of your jewelry, it is still important to give all of your pieces a clean once in a while. For precious metals, such as silver and gold, a toothbrush with some baking soda on it will really scrub it clean, and can be followed up with a polishing cloth to enhance its shine. Mild soaps are also great, but be sure to use harsh detergents, as the chemicals in these can often end up causing more harm than good. When it comes to pearls, these are slightly more delicate, making them challenging to keep clean, but a damp cloth can be used on each individual pearl. Try not to get the string wet, as this can weaken it and make it more susceptible to breaking. It is important to clean your jewelry quite frequently and regularly, as this prevents dirt from building up, which would otherwise cause more damage.

When purchasing new items of jewelry, you likely want these to last for as long as possible. To ensure that your jewelry does not end up damaged, discolored or faded, give these tips a try.

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“Totes” Necessary

Woman holding a tote

A cluttered work tote is all-too-common, and no one can deny the frustration that arises from hurriedly scrambling around inside a work bag, searching for a specific item that has been buried at the bottom. This disorganization is never productive, making it time to ditch all of the unnecessary extras and stock your work tote with these essential items.

Notepad and Pen
With all of the laptops, tablets and smartphones that are likely at your fingertips at work, carrying a notepad and pen around with you in your work tote may seem unnecessary, but there will always come a time when you need them. Whether due to low battery on your tablet or simply the need to quickly jot a few ideas down, a notepad and pen will always come in handy, and can be clipped together to ensure that they can both be easily reached for in your bag at the same.

On-the-Go Makeup Bag
Every woman should have an on-the-go makeup bag, containing the most essential products for a quick makeup fix that only takes a few minutes. The exact products that you include will depend on your own personal makeup style, but common items include a concealer stick, mascara, a dark colored eyeliner, and some tinted lip balm. It is also always a good idea to include a small bottle perfume, as this will help you to quickly freshen up during a busy day, as well as some hair items, such as bobby pins and hair ties. Keeping all of this together in one small makeup bag will help your work tote to stay clutter-free, and will make all of these small items much easier to find when you really need them.

Mini Sewing Kit or Safety Pins
A fashion crisis at work is never good, whether your blouse is missing a button or you end up with a tear in the seam of your skirt. Keeping a mini sewing kit in your work tote, or even just some safety pins of different sizes, will ensure that you are always covered for the majority of fashion emergencies, at least until you have a few spare minutes to find a more permanent solution!

Mini Moisturizer
The stress from a day at work can quickly take its toll on your skin, which is why it is always useful to keep a mini bottle of moisturizer in your work bag. Applying this during the day will give your skin an added boost of hydration, keeping it looking clear and fresh.

Headphones
Headphones are another one of those items that are always useful to keep nearby, and can be used both during the work day as well as during your work commute. Whether needing to quickly watch a couple of important work videos on your phone on the move, or simply listening to some tunes as you unwind on your walk home after a long day, you will always appreciate having a pair of headphones in your work tote.

Mini Umbrella
The need for a mini umbrella depends largely on where you live, but if you find yourself frequently caught in the middle of a torrential downpour, then this is an item that you definitely need to include. There are many stylish mini umbrellas available that are the perfect size for stashing away at the bottom of your bag, and while you may not use it that often, having it with you will make a huge difference on the day that you really need it!

If there are other items that you need to keep in your work tote, it is always a good idea to group these into categories to keep your bag from getting too cluttered. Having sections in your tote will help you to stay organized and know exactly where each item is at all times.