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We all know that studs are the MVP of the jewelry box. These versatile earrings go with everything, and if you treat them well, they'll last forever too. These are our top 3 super easy tips on how to make your stud earrings last.
Tip 1: Take Them Off
You know how it goes. It's late. You're tired. The last thing you want to do is get up to take your earrings off. But it's a small sacrifice to make to prolong the wear of your favorite studs. It's the body's natural oils, chemicals, water, and friction that cause the most wear and tear on your jewels, especially if they're plated. Taking off your studs before sleep, showering, or swimming will help eliminate all of these problem causing elements. More pro tips:
- Keep a small jewelry box like this one next to your bed and in your bathroom. This will give you a place to store your studs so that you don't lose them as they roll off whatever surface you placed them on before sleeping or showering, plus it will serve as a reminder to take them off (also, this box is just plain pretty).
- If you know that taking off your studs is something you're probably not going to remember to do (we love the self awareness), stick with solid gold studs that won't tarnish when coming into contact with water and sweat.
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Tip 2: Clean Them Well
The more often you "properly* clean your studs, the longer they'll last and the better they'll look, especially it they're studs that you wear every day. And for sanitation, you can clean the posts of your studs and their backings with a bit of rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball (but be extra careful not to get the front of the earring itself). Here's how to clean each type of earring material:
- When cleaning plated studs, use a dry, soft microfiber cloth. Gently rub the stud in circular motions. Do not use any liquid cleansers, as these can remove the plating on your piece. To really get into the nooks and crannies, you can use a clean, dry soft bristled toothbrush. Just be careful not to apply too much pressure.
- When cleaning solid gold studs, use a solution of dish soap and warm water. Don't submerge your studs for longer than 10 seconds, especially if they have gemstones. The toothbrush trick works here as well, and when using a soft bristled brush on solid gold, you can apply a bit of your cleansing solution. Make sure to dry them off after with a gentle cotton or microfiber cloth.
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Tip 3: Store Them Right
It's the golden rule: treat your stud earrings how you want to be treated, which means giving them a nice place to stay. Storing your studs the right way can cut down on tarnishing, surface scratching, and the dreaded gemstone falling out, plus it eliminates the risk of losing a stud to the vacuum machine. Our favorite ways to store your studs:
- In a velvet box like this one. The soft material won't scratch your earrings, and it's also nice to look at.
- On a piece of soft fabric like satin, velvet, or faux leather which you can find at a fabric store. Pierce your studs through the fabric and secure the backings on the other side. This is also a great way to display your stud collection. Extra points if you pin it to a board or hang it from your wall.
- If you need a way to keep your studs safe while traveling, take a piece of leftover cardboard and attach your studs the same way as above. The cardboard gives the right amount of structure so that your studs won't move around or become detached during travel.