Why does my jewelry stink?

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Posted 7/29/2011 by nickiefriend in NSBR Board
 

nickiefriend
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Posted: 7/29/2011 11:03:09 AM
I have alot of "fashion" jewelry. You know the stuff that you buy at Kohls etc, that is cute and matchy matchy. Anyway, why does this stuff stink? I can usually on wear this stuff like once or twice and then it starts to have this.....I dont know.....metallicaly smell, like your hands smell after handling change. kwim?

Why oh why does it do this, and can I fix it?





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Posted: 7/29/2011 11:05:03 AM
OH. MY. GOSH. I have this exact same problem! I never knew anyone else did, too! I always just assumed it was some reaction between my skin chemistry and the metals. I'll be watching this thread to see if anyone has other ideas.

Mine also sometimes smells 'sulfur-y', too. Yuck.

*edited for spelling*


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Posted: 7/29/2011 11:22:44 AM
If it's silver/gold plated and not pure sterling silver/gold the natural oils from your skin and the air will cause it to corrode over time. Because there may be "coating" on it that could be a sterling silver/gold derivative over different metals such as brass, the coating will come off over time.

If you want your pieces to last longer buy sterling silver/gold ones and make sure they are not "plated" in sterling silver/gold because then you'll still have the same problem as before.

You can gently clean it w/ rubbing alcohol or try the toothpaste method below but be very careful if you decide to go either route.
How To Clean Stuff


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Posted: 7/29/2011 12:17:29 PM
Would a light coating of clear nail polish prevent the reaction between skin and metals?


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Posted: 7/29/2011 12:18:48 PM
I have several things from Premier Jewelry that smell like that too! I tried using jewelry cleaner but it didn't help.

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Posted: 7/29/2011 12:25:48 PM
I used to sell Premier -- never use regular jewelry cleaner, toothpaste, ammonia, alcohol or any of that stuff on fashion jewelry.

Get some of the original Dawn or Woolite (no "new improved" fragrances or any of that). Give it a gentle, quick bath in that and dry immediately. Use a blow dryer if has cracks or bends that cannot be properly dried with a towel (old T shirt preferred).

Put on your jewelry after all your make up, lotions and sprays. It is the residue from these that smell. Wash off the jewelry after wearing (your consultant should have told you all of this or at least given a handout with care instructions).

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Posted: 7/29/2011 12:27:17 PM
I used to sell Premier -- never use regular jewelry cleaner, toothpaste, ammonia, alcohol or any of that stuff on fashion jewelry.

Get some of the original Dawn or Woolite (no "new improved" fragrances or any of that). Give it a gentle, quick bath in that and dry immediately. Use a blow dryer if has cracks or bends that cannot be properly dried with a towel (old T shirt preferred).

Put on your jewelry after all your make up, lotions and sprays. It is the residue from these that smell. Wash off the jewelry after wearing (your consultant should have told you all of this or at least given a handout with care instructions).

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Posted: 7/29/2011 12:30:27 PM
I mentioned this to someone and they said to clean it with cascade and then dry it completely. I think the nail polish would be a pretty good idea.



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Posted: 7/29/2011 12:32:29 PM
So I'm supposed to wash my jewelry after each wear! that sounds rediciulous. No offense to you for saying it. I just can't imagine anyone doing that. It sounds like part of a "our stuff is better and here is how you treat it" home sales pitch to me.
I know costume jewelry I have from YEARS ago smell like that. Never stuff after my wearing it though.. I would place bets on your chemical make up. Like some folks can't wear nickel and even how one perfume will never smell EXACTLY the same on two people.


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Posted: 7/29/2011 12:53:01 PM
Would a light coating of clear nail polish prevent the reaction between skin and metals?



You can try it, for some people it works, for me it doesn't. But I am in the "super sensitive skin" category and I don't own a great deal of costume jewelry for that reason. The bulk of what I do own I have inherited.


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