AN ESSENTIAL GUIDE ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR JEWELRY CLEAN WITHOUT EXPENSIVE CLEANERS
We all love our pieces of jewelry but maintaining its sparkle can become a problem especially with the multitude of things our hands come into contact with every day. Commercial jewelry cleaners do the job but can be expensive, and we don't always have access when we might need it.
It's time to put your days of dirty jewelry behind you, because there are plenty of ordinary household items that can be used to polish your jewelry just as clean as commercial products. Routine cleaning will protect your investment.
TO CLEAN DIAMOND AND GEMSTONE JEWELRY:
Clean diamonds regularly: Bring your diamonds into the store every 6 months to be professionally cleaned and checked for safety (loose stones, worn or missing prongs, wear on mounting). On a weekly basis, it’s best to soak your diamond in warm water with a few drops of mild dish soap. Lightly scrub with a soft toothbrush to remove any excess dirt & oil. Be aware when scrubbing antique or estate jewelry to use a soft touch. Then, just rinse the diamond with warm water and wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth.
Another method is to pour Rubbing Alcohol (just enough to submerge your jewelry) and hot water in a glass bowl. Let your diamonds and harder stones sit for 15 minutes. If your diamond jewelry is extremely dirty, we suggest that you use a toothbrush with soft bristles to get into the nooks and crannies of your pieces. Then rinse with clear water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- Don’t wear it while doing rough or rigorous work, especially when using your hands often.
- Don’t use harmful solutions. Don’t let your diamond come in contact with a chlorine bleach, it can damage and discolor the mounting.
TO CLEAN YOUR GOLD JEWELRY:
Soap, Ammonia and Water
The classic mix of soap and water is an easy and effective way to clean gold and platinum jewelry. In a glass bowl, combine 1 cup of warm water with 1 tsp of liquid dish soap and 1 tsp of household ammonia (ammonia will add sparkle). Put your gold pieces in and let them sit for 10 minutes. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush to scrub any tough buildup on the gold. Rinse well with warm water and buff with a soft, lint-free cloth. Your gold will be shining!
TO CLEAN YOUR SILVER JEWELRY:
Baking Soda, Water and Aluminum Foil
Silver jewelry can be hard to clean when you use commercial silver paste, plus it makes a mess. We advise that you line the bottom of a glass casserole with aluminum foil (aluminum reacts well with silver to help clean it). Then soak your silver jewelry in a mixture of 2 tbsp of baking soda and hot water. Rinse well with hot water to get rid of the tarnish. You might notice the water getting a little murky - this is because the tarnish transfers from the silver to the water. With this method, there's no excessive scrubbing required. When you remove the items from the water, buff with a soft, lint-free cloth to wipe away any excess tarnish.
TO CLEAN YOUR PEARLS:
The best way to keep your pearls clean is to wear them often. The oils from our skin keep them soft and lustrous. However, if you don't get to wear your pearls often, you can keep them in good condition by wiping them with a soft cloth sprinkled with olive oil. Then use a dry cloth to buff them to a gorgeous shine. Always remember to put your pearl jewelry on after dressing up completely. Perfumes, hairsprays and gels can ruin pearls.