FAQ: ENAMEL JEWELRY


Wearing enamel jewelry is a great way to add a touch of personality and style to your look. But before you go ahead and purchase a piece of enamel jewelry, there are a few things you should know. In this FAQ, we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions about enamel jewelry so that you can make an informed decision about whether or not it is right for you.


WHAT IS ENAMEL JEWELRY?


Enamel jewelry is a type of jewelry that is made with enamel, which is a type of glass that is melted and then applied to metal. Enamel jewelry can be made with any type of metal, but it is most commonly made with gold or silver. The enamel can be applied to the metal in a variety of ways, including using a brush, dipping the metal into the enamel, or using a stencil.


CAN YOU RE-SIZE AN ENAMEL RING?


Enamel rings can be difficult to resize because the enamel is applied directly to the metal band. This application makes adding or removing metal difficult without damaging the enamel surface. If you need to resize an enamel ring, take it to a professional jeweler who has experience working with this type of jewelry. In addition, they will be able to assess the best way to resize the ring without damaging the enamel.


IS ENAMEL JEWELRY DURABLE?


Enamel jewelry is very durable and not prone to damage created correctly. Generally, the longer enamel jewelry is heated during creation, the stronger it becomes. If heated properly, you won't have to worry about the colors fading, and it will also be less likely to chip.

 

DOES ENAMEL JEWELRY TARNISH?


No, enamel jewelry does not tarnish. Enamel is a type of glass that is fused with metal, so it is not susceptible to tarnishing. However, the metal underneath the enamel can tarnish if it is not properly cared for. To prevent this, simply keep your enamel jewelry clean and dry. You can also use clear nail polish to seal the metal and prevent tarnishing.

 

CAN ENAMEL JEWELRY BE RESTORED?


An enameller can restore enamel jewelry if it is damaged. However, it is important to note that not all enamel jewelry can be restored. However, if your enamel jewelry is severely damaged, it may need to be replaced.


If you are unsure if your enamel jewelry can be restored, you should consult with a professional jeweler. An experienced enameller can assess the damage and determine if your enamel jewelry is restorable.


IS ENAMEL JEWELRY SAFE?


Enamel jewelry is generally safe to wear. However, some people may be allergic to the materials used in jewelry enamel. If you experience any irritation after wearing enamel jewelry, discontinue use and consult a doctor.


CAN ENAMEL JEWELRY GET WET?


Make sure your enamel jewelry doesn't become wet. Enameled jewelry should not be worn in the shower, when swimming, or when significantly sweating. Enamel bonds to reactive metals such as copper, which tarnish when exposed to water. These metal oxides are typically weaker and less glossy, putting your jewelry's overall stability in danger.


CAN YOU WEAR ENAMEL JEWELRY IN THE SHOWER?


The shower is one place you should avoid wearing your enamel jewelry. Water can damage enamel, causing it to chip or fade. If you must wear your enamel jewelry in the shower, remove it as soon as you're done and dry it off immediately.


All types of water will ruin the jewelry enameling, frost the glass, and remove the dark patina from the edge of the enamel if exposed even to saltwater or chlorinated water for extended periods. It's better not to wear your enamel jewelry in the shower, ocean, or pool because it will become frosted or clouded. The jewelry enameling may need to be redone if badly damaged by these elements.


IS ENAMEL JEWELRY EXPENSIVE?


Enamel jewelry can range in price depending on the quality of the enamel, the complexity of the design, and the type of metal used. Cloisonné enamel pieces tend to be more expensive than painted enamel jewelry.


High-end enamel jewelry made of pure metals such as 24k gold can be quite expensive. However, many affordable enamel jewelry pieces consist of base metals plated with a gold or silver coating.


WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING ENAMEL JEWELRY?


-If you're looking for enamel jewelry, make sure it's either heated enamel or an enamel finish applied to a piece (painted, brushed, or affixed).


-Look for enamel jewelry that has been cooked to a high temperature since this results in the highest quality enamel with the best color and sheen.


-Avoid using a low-quality enamel finish since the colors can fade or change over time.


HOW TO CLEAN ENAMEL JEWELRY?


Cleaning enamel is simple and easy to maintain. It's quite resilient and isn't easily damaged.


To clean enamel jewelry, simply use a soft cloth and warm soapy water. Gently rub the enamel jewelry to remove any dirt or grime. Rinse with clean water and dry thoroughly.

 

HOW TO PROTECT ENAMEL JEWELRY:


Clean it properly: Enamel jewelry cannot be cleaned with any ordinary household chemical! Instead, stick to tepid water, a soft cloth, and something delicate like hand soap to avoid any damage.


Keep enamel jewelry away from places prone to accidents: Many folks like to scatter their jewelry all over the top of their dresser. This is a bad habit to get into since anything could knock the jewelry off the dresser and cause it to fall. Enamel breaks when it comes into contact with a hard surface, so if you keep a valuable piece up high, you risk shattering it.


Gently lay your enamel jewelry on a soft surface. While it may be tempting to throw your jewelry off as soon as you get home, remember that enamel is delicate! Don't just toss your enamel jewelry into a ring dish; delicately place it to avoid abrasion or chipping.


Also, store it flat in a soft, cloth-lined jewelry box. This is especially crucial for delicate pieces like necklaces and brooches, as laying them face down or handling them harshly may cause the enamel to erode much more quickly.


WRAPPING UP


Enamel jewelry is a beautiful and unique way to accessorize. However, it's important to remember that enamel is delicate and requires special care. Be sure to store your enamel jewelry in a soft, cloth-lined jewelry box and avoid exposure to chemicals or water. With proper care, your enamel jewelry will last for many years to come!