Simple Trick to Keep Inexpensive Jewelry from Turning Your Skin Green

Simple Trick to Keep Inexpensive Jewelry from Turning Your Skin Green

This might not be a surprise to all, but I have to tell you, when I first heard about this, I thought to myself, “Genius!” This did not even cross my mind and it makes such a difference!

Like any gal, I love jewelry. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be that girl that only has 24K gold and sterling silver in my jewelry box, but unfortunately the budget doesn’t allow for that…..yet. (That’s me putting it out in the universe!) I would also love to buy the jewelry that goes for $100+ or more for a beautiful piece, but sometimes I have been known to run to Forever 21 for some cute jewelry to wear that night or for a trip. Now we all know that some of the costume jewelry lasts about one to two wears before the color starts to rub off and turn your finger, wrist or neck green. Then, that jewelry piece usually ends up in the garbage because of my frustration.

Recently, I purchased a Michael Kors look-alike watch at New York and Co. I wish I could have all the Michael Kors watches in every color. It is my dream present (hintity, hint, hint hubby.) But I can fake it in the meantime, I was excited to find a faux Michael Kors watch. I love it and I get lots of compliments but I noticed that during a super hot day my arm would sweat and my beloved watch started to leave a green circle on my arm. Same thing happens to some bracelets and rings I had recently purchased (as you can see above). Here is the solution:

What you need:
  • The jewelry you want to save
  • Clear nail polish

That’s it! Just paint a coat or two of clear nail polish on the back of your watch, inside your rings and bracelets and the outside of your necklace chain. It’s that easy and so obvious. Like I said, some of you probably knew this, but I figured if I didn’t know, maybe some of you would appreciate the tip. It works so great! It creates a nice layer that keeps the original color of the jewelry on the piece and off your skin!

*****Another great tip to use the clear polish: When you have jewelry with small crystals, you can also use the clear nail polish to keep those little bling pieces from falling out. Again, just paint a layer or two of clear polish on top and it will keep your bling in place.


  1. says

    Thank you for sharing this because I have plenty of F21 pieces and I end up just throwing them away once they run their course. I had no idea I could just do this when I first buy it and now I am going to go ahead and get started. :) Thanks girl! :)

  2. says

    Thanks so much @Talia and @Holly for commenting.
    @cjknick – I tried this the first time with a really cheap top coat and the same thing happened. It turned the polish green and peeled off. I used a higher end top coat this time and it seems to be working a little better. But if it peels off, I will just re-apply. I haven’t had any issues yet.

    • Anonymous says

      You do not use top coat, it has to be clear nail polish, yes top coat is clear but it isnt the clear polish, top coat cracks and peels it off :)

  3. Anonymous says

    Hi fellow greenies! I also tried this with less expensive polish and it did not work, however, higher end polish worked pretty well. Here’s my question: how about the new Gel polish products that are out there? I LOVE it on my nails – why not on my costume jewelry watch? Has anyone tried this? Life is good!

    • Erin Kennedy says

      I don’t see why not. I would definitely give it a try if I were you. Love to hear your results.

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