Effectively Sealing Your Jewelry (DITCH THE CLEAR NAIL POLISH!)


You ever purchase jewelry from your typical fast fashion stores at the mall and a couple weeks after wearing them you start to notice a slight discoloration on its initially glossy finished coating? I’m sure you have if you’ve gone to buy some from places like Forever 21, Charolette Russe, Wet Seal, and the other well known American trendy shops. With daily wear, this can’t be helped happening to cheap jewelry but what do you do to help maintain it’s glorious appearance? Keep reading to learn how I did it easily!

In this post, I wanted to share a neat sealant I use to help resolve this issue by slowing down this process of the tarnishing jewlering. I can’t say what kind of material that this works best on but it can be effectively used if you apply it on any shiny surface. Let’s begin!

I bought my 3 oz. Krylon Short Cuts clear gloss spray at Michaels for just $3.49. If you use it wisely, it can last you a long time!
I was using my 2012 Tokidoki calendar as my scratch paper since I honestly had no newspapers to mess up but it is up to you on what you choose to use of course! Doesn’t have to look cutesy. Just note that the can comes with it’s own instructions on how to use the spray but I used it with my own discretion since I was not using it to paint over anything.

Remember to spray both the front and back side of your piece. I recommend starting off spraying the back, wait a couple of minutes for it to dry, then flip it over to spray the front.

Ta-dah! You’re all done! Ever seen how some girls on YouTube quicken the process of their nails drying by soaking them in super cold water? It’s the same idea here.
My first experience using it, the results came out to be a little sticky. It was most likely due to me accidentally overcoating my necklace with it at the time for my Tomb Raider cosplay. But let’s say you have a lot to coat on a piece you own but don’t want to coat a different texture that its attached to. It is also just as simple as the above example.

This time, allow the jewelry to air dry ONLY. Dunking those pretty feathers into some cold water may do some damage to its texture so be safe and wait for it to be completely dry before touching it again.

I made this post since I went on a jewelry hunt after realizing how tarnished my old neckalces and earrings have gotten. After throwing away so many of my old favorite pieces, I really wanted to make sure these new additions to my collection lasted me a longer time than those ones did. Using clear nail polish as some people suggest only ends up cracking and yellowing after time. But a gloss such as the one I used will prolong the luster of just about any metallic surface you apply it to! I discovered this tip on a tumblr post I saw once and am happy I gave it a shot. Now I’m sharing my tips with you!

I hope you found this post useful in some way. If there are other techniques you know of or have personally used yourself to seal your jewelry, I’d like to learn all about it! Leave a comment down below 😀

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14 responses to “Effectively Sealing Your Jewelry (DITCH THE CLEAR NAIL POLISH!)”

  1. Pinkie says:

    OMG this is so helpful! Thanks for sharing Crystal <3

    Thank you for sharing, will be trying it out soon. I hope I can find the spray : )))

  3. Nagareboshi says:

    Great tip! Thank you. I might have to try this out sometime! ^__^


  4. Tapioca-Ai says:

    This is awesome! I never knew I could do something like this. I usually just bought stuff from the stores you mentioned and said a prayer to slow their tarnishing. Thank you for sharing this!

  5. TheLovelyIfy says:

    Thank you and you should be able to if you live by a local craft supply store like Michael's, Hobby Lobby, and so on ^ ^ Or you can always order it online.

  6. TheLovelyIfy says:

    lol praying was the same method I used before too! lol I'm happy you found this useful!

  7. TheLovelyIfy says:

    No problem and good luck! 😀

  8. Tsumi Fox says:

    omg! this was so helpful!!! my jewelry is always turning green on me and it stains my neck or ears! i hate it -____- thank you for this!

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  10. Ah! Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've been having the same problem lately! I'm getting rid of a lot of my F21 pieces because they are so gross now, but I will definitely be using this tutorial! ^_^

  11. Emi Doll (恵美) says:

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  12. TheLovelyIfy says:

    Oh I know the feeling > < After a while, you really get tired of the same thing happening all the time. No problem I'm glad you liked this!

  13. TheLovelyIfy says:

    No problem! Good luck with trying out this method 😀 It hurts to throw away so many of your old favorite pieces away. I actually had to toss out a few others I missed earlier today when I was cleaning my room. I hardly even got to wear the darn thing too before it started changing colors on me…so annoying. Anyway, I hope it works out well for you!

  14. TheLovelyIfy says:

    Glad it was useful for you!!

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