With the spotlight on you on your wedding day, it’s no surprise you want to look and feel your best in a gorgeous dress, with picture-perfect hair and makeup, and glowing bridal jewelry. We get that a little glow-up on the outside helps us shine brighter on the inside too. It’s why we spend hours searching for the perfect accessories to complement our bridal look, and why caring for our hair, skin, nails, and jewelry can help make us feel on top of the world.
For a specific care plan, it is best to ask the jeweler, brand, or retailer when making your bridal jewelry purchase. For general care, we created the following guide to help you in the weeks leading up to your wedding day.
Wedding bands are typically purchased about 2-3 months before your wedding, and we recommend keeping them stored in the box they come in with your purchase. The more you open the box and touch your new items, the more skin cells and oils from your hands can remain on your jewelry. It’s best for safe keeping and for a brighter stone to limit your contact before the big day. When it comes to your engagement ring, we recommend you take it to your jeweler for a professional clean 2-3 weeks before saying ‘I do.’
Depending on the quality of your earrings, you will need to clean and care for them differently. For fashion jewelry, many earrings of this type are made of plated metals, semi-precious stones, and glass. They tarnish easily when exposed to moisture, acids, oils, and air, so you’ll need to keep these jewels dry and store them in a box or bag. If you’re opting for antique jewelry as your something old bridal element, then you will want to care for these pieces by regularly checking for loose stones or prongs. You should keep it in a safe and separate jewelry box where it will not get scratched or bent by coming into contact with other jewelry. Always have it professionally cleaned too! Last but not least when it comes to high-end diamond bridal earrings, you will want to treat these the same care as your engagement ring. Be careful not to wear them while exercising, cleaning around the house, or showering, and bring them to a jeweler for a professional clean before the big day.
Similar to your earrings, if you choose to wear a necklace on your wedding day, then you will need to care for it based on its material. As necklaces can easily tangle, it is best to keep your wedding necklace in a separate box without any other jewelry. This will help prevent it from getting any undesirable scratches and ensure it is in pristine condition. Always ensure the necklace is kept in a cool, dark, and dry place that is out of direct sunlight.
When it comes to caring for your wedding bracelet, you can simply keep the bracelet by itself in a cloth bag. This will ensure your bracelet is dry and will not tarnish. To keep your bracelet sparkly and minimize signs of wear, avoid contact with liquids, perfumes, lotions and perspiration as they'll dull your pieces and cause them to wear quickly.
Advice For Last Minute Touch-Ups
When your day has finally arrived, we recommend our Crystal Clear Carats On-The-Go Jewelry Cleaner Pen. Not only does it work as your something blue, but it does the job of giving your jewelry an extra sparkle before you walk down the aisle.
To use, simply remove the cap, give the pen a few clicks until the brush tip applicator is wet, then sweep on top of and behind your jewelry’s setting.
Remember that your jewelry should be the last to put on and the first to take off.