Butterfly necklaces are beautiful, delicate pieces of jewelry that can be worn every day. But if you’re not careful how you store them and wear them, it could become damaged and unusable. Here are some tips to keep your butterfly pendant in good condition:
Know your butterfly necklace materials.
You’ll want to know the materials of your butterfly necklace. You may not be able to tell by just looking at it, but there are some differences between metals that can affect their durability and how long they last.
- Metal vs. metal alloy: The difference here is in the amount of other elements mixed in with the pure metal (i.e., copper). An alloy can be either harder or softer than pure metal depending on what it’s made from. It’s also possible for an alloy to have different properties than its component parts would have on their own, such as being lighter or more resistant to tarnish (rust).
- Sterling silver vs silver plated: Sterling silver has a very high silver purity level—999 parts per thousand—and does not contain any base metals like nickel or zinc; however, it does oxidize over time and needs regular polishing to keep its shine intact (more on this later). Silver plate has only a small amount of actual precious metal content (at most 10%) but usually contains at least 5% nickel or zinc which protects it against corrosion so long as you don’t expose it directly to water—this is why sterling silver earrings aren’t recommended for people who swim often! Gold plate should never come into direct contact with water either since even though there may be some gold present in this type of jewelry (typically around 10%), there isn’t enough material present within each individual bead/stone/etcetera that will remain protected once submerged.”
- Pewter. This metal is another popular choice for those who want something that will last a long time without showing signs of wear and tear. It is also easy to work with and won’t break easily when bent or twisted, which can be dangerous if you have fragile skin or bones.
- Gold-plated pewter (or gold-filled). Gold is another common material used in making butterfly necklaces because of its beauty, durability and strength. You might find gold-plated silver or brass instead of solid gold on some pieces though because it is more affordable than solid gold at this time in history.
- Plastic – Plastic butterfly necklaces are often found in dollar stores but they may also be purchased online or in other kinds of stores that sell inexpensive items
Turn it to the back when you’re in bed.
I know it’s tempting to leave your necklace on while sleeping, because all of us have had that nightmare where our necklaces get tangled up with our hair and we wake up looking like Medusa. But if it’s not attached to a chain or hook, the clasp on the back of your pendant can catch on sheets, hair, or other jewelry as you toss and turn during sleep. This can cause serious injury—or worse! If this happens, just take off your necklace before bedtime and keep it somewhere safe while you sleep.
Wear your necklace often
It’s really important to wear your necklace often. Wearing your necklace often will help prevent it from getting damaged, because if you don’t wear it often, it’s more likely to get damaged. If you do wear it often, though, then that means there’s less of a chance for it to get damaged in the first place!
Stored in a cool, dry place
While butterfly necklaces are not meant to be worn 24/7, it’s important to keep yours stored in a safe place. As one of our customers wrote in the product reviews section: “They’re beautiful, but they need to be kept away from other jewelry because they’re so delicate.”
Think about where you’d like to store your necklace and whether that will work for you. You can keep it in a drawer or box near where you normally keep your clothes on hangers (but not in a hot closet). Alternatively, if you want something more decorative and beautiful than this storage solution could provide, consider using an ornate display box or jewelry box instead.
What matters most is that wherever you choose to store it—whether it’s a dresser drawer or display case—the temperature should just be above freezing (at least 40 degrees F) but below 70 degrees F at all times. You also shouldn’t put any other jewelry near your butterfly necklace; since butterflies are such delicate creatures themselves, storing them alongside anything else risks causing damage to their wings and bodies over time.
Don’t leave it in the sun.
If you want to keep your butterfly necklace looking its best, don’t leave it in the sun. Sunlight can damage the metal, which will fade and make your necklace look old and worn out. If you do leave your butterfly necklace in the sun, wipe it down with a soft cloth when you get back.
Don’t drop it or knock it
If you’re planning on doing any of the following things with your new butterfly necklace, we recommend that you take it off first:
- Dropping it
- Knocking it against hard surfaces (like a doorframe or wall)
- Wearing it while doing strenuous activities (jumping on a trampoline, for example)
- Wearing it while playing sports
- Wearing it while working out in the gym or at home
- Wearing it while dancing or spinning in circles at Coachella—or just generally keeping your arms up for long periods of time. It’s important to keep your butterflies from tangling around each other and getting damaged!
Use a soft cloth to clean
Use a soft cloth to clean the necklace and avoid scratching the surface. If you need to clean it with soap and water, use mild dish soap. Avoid household chemicals like bleach as these can damage the finish on your butterfly necklace.
Use a jewelry box
To ensure that your butterfly necklace remains in good condition, it’s best to store it in a jewelry box with separate compartments for each piece of jewelry. This will help protect the delicate chain and beads from tangling up with other items and causing damage. Using this method will also keep your butterfly necklace away from pets and small children who may be tempted to play with it.
Keep away from pets and small children.
- Keep your butterfly necklace out of reach of pets and small children. You don’t want your pet to swallow the necklace, which could cause serious damage to their digestive system. And you don’t want your child eating it either! If they do swallow it, there’s a good chance that they’ll experience some stomach discomfort as the butterfly passes through their body, but they’ll be okay if you get them to the hospital quickly enough.
- Keep your butterfly necklace in a safe place when not in use. It is possible for an animal or small child to find and play with this piece if left unattended on a table or floor, so make sure not only that you put it in another room when not wearing it but also lock up anything else in there (like any other jewelry). For extra precautionary measures against animals getting into things they shouldn’t: don’t leave food anywhere near where pets have access; keep trash cans sealed tightly; put away sharp objects like knives; keep cats away from doors—cats can open doors themselves by pushing at them with their nose!
Keep it away from your other jewelry.
- Do not wear your butterfly necklace with other necklaces, pendants or bracelets.
- If you want to wear other jewelry, take off your butterfly necklace first.
- If you have more than one butterfly necklace, keep them separate so they don’t get tangled on each other.
It’s best to not wear this kind of piece with any kind of other jewelry because it can get tangled up and lose its shape quickly if left alone in a drawer or box for too long!
Don’t wear your necklace in the shower.
Don’t wear your necklace in the shower.
The same goes for washing dishes, bathing and swimming. This one is pretty obvious: jewelry can get caught on things like towels or clothing, and it’s hard to find when that happens. But even if you don’t have anything nearby to snag it on, the water itself could damage the metal and make it weaker than intended. Plus, if you’re wearing any type of metal kinked around your neck (like a chain), even a little bit of water exposure can turn into an embarrassing moment—or worse!
If your hair gets wet while wearing a necklace made from precious metals such as gold or silver (as well as copper), this will cause tarnish over time—which means yellowing and discoloration that makes those shiny diamonds look less so.
Put on lotion and perfume
Before you put on your necklace, take care of your skin. Put on lotion and perfume to keep your skin hydrated and fragrant. This will help keep the butterfly in good condition for longer, as well as making it more comfortable against your neck.
Clean with a soft cloth
The best way to keep your butterfly necklace clean is to give it gentle care as needed. If you don’t wear it often and it starts to look dull, wipe it with a soft cloth. This will remove dust and dirt without harming the metal.
If you want to go further than that, there are some things not to do:
- Don’t use chemical cleaners or harsh cleaning products on your butterfly necklace; they can damage both its finish and the butterflies themselves.
- Don’t use a polishing cloth; these are too abrasive for fine jewelry like this.
- Don’t put your butterfly necklace in an ultrasonic cleaner or steam cleaner because these machines may damage its delicate components beyond repair.
- And finally (and most importantly), never put any piece of jewelry into a dishwasher—it’s much too harsh on both the piece itself and any stones or pearls set within it!
If your butterfly necklace does get dirty, clean it with a soft cloth and only use soap and water if necessary. Never use household chemicals like bleach, which can damage the metal in your necklace setting and leave discoloration on your butterfly.
To clean, wash with warm water and mild soap for about 15 minutes. Rinse well in cool water to remove any excess soap, then rehang the butterfly to dry naturally or blow dry it on low heat for a few seconds to speed up the process. You should also avoid dropping or knocking your butterfly against hard surfaces; this could cause scratches that will be visible through its transparent wings.
Wear your butterfly often! They’re designed to withstand regular wear so don’t hesitate to accessorize with them as much as you like (but do be careful not to lose one!).
Avoid using household chemicals
While you may think that bleach is a good way to clean your jewelry, it will actually damage the metal in your necklace setting. In addition to this, it can also leave behind discoloration. To keep your butterfly necklace looking pristine, use warm water and a soft cloth instead of harsh chemicals like bleach. This will help prevent yellowing or fading and keep your precious piece shining bright for years to come!
Keeping your butterfly necklace safe is easy if you follow these steps.
Keeping your butterfly necklace safe is easy if you follow these steps.
- Follow the instructions in the article. The steps are simple and will help keep your necklace safe for years to come.
- Take care of your butterfly necklace by keeping it out of harm’s way, such as high heat or moisture, which can cause damage or breakage over time.
- Keep an eye on where your necklace is at all times so that no one else can take it from you without your permission! You might even want to put up a sign saying “Do Not Touch My Butterfly Necklace”, just because it’s fun 🙂
- If possible, go ahead and wear something else instead of leaving yourself vulnerable every day (this doesn’t mean don’t love butterflies though!) – that way if anything were happeneing like they got lost or stolen while not being worn then there wouldn’t be as much hurt feelings involved with finding out later when they’re gone forever.”
You can keep your butterfly necklace safe with a little effort and attention. Use the tips we’ve given you, and your jewelry will last for years to come. If you have any questions about caring for your butterfly pendants, don’t be afraid to ask us!