While I would love for all my jewelry to be 24 karat gold, that's just not realistic. I'm sure most of you have a few pieces of not-so-real jewelry. I definitely do and I love it. I love how cheap it is, I love how I don't need to worry too much if I lose it or wreck it, and I love that I can buy lots of it.
But I don't love that it turns my skin green. Green skin is just not a look I'm into right now. This happens because of the reaction between the metals in the costume jewelry and your skin. They just don't like each other.
I have been using a trick to combat this issue! And I am here today to share it with the world. It's not exactly a secret so some of you may already know: Clear nail polish.
I put a coat of clear nail polish on the inside of the jewelry. Not only does this trick prevent you looking oddly green, it also prevents your jewelry from tarnishing. After a few wears, the cheap stuff has a tendency to lose it's shine and sparkle. The clear nail polish acts as a varnish to keep it from dulling. AND! If you have any little crystals embedded in the jewelry, the nail polish seals it in so they won't fall out.
I find this is most necessary on rings as they sit close to your skin for long periods of time. Necklaces and bracelets usually move around and are less likely to leave you with a green hue. But it's so good to keep the shine and colour of the item when you first buy it.
If you try this trick, make sure to reapply the polish once in a while as it wears over time.