HOW TO CLEAN JEWELRY
How to Clean Jewelry
I like the sparkle of jewelry. I think just about every woman does! But wearing jewelry (body oils, perfume, dust, etc.) causes jewelry to lose the original sparkle and shine.
The “How to Clean Jewelry” tips on this page will help you restore the luster and beauty of your jewelry pieces and make you want to wear them again.
Here are my favorite “How to Clean Jewelry” tips:
How to Clean Jewelry -- General Tips: Less is usually more in this case. Warm water and a soft bristled brush (an old toothbrush works well) is the best combination in most cases. The soft bristles of a toothbrush can get into the nooks and crannies of most areas of your jewelry pieces. The water helps to break down the dirt faster and is gentle on the jewels and settings.
How to Clean Jewelry Tip – Gold: Soak your gold jewelry for about 15 minutes in a solution of warm water with a couple of drops of mild dish soap (Ivory is very gentle). After soaking, gently clean the piece using the bristles of your old toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
How to Clean Jewelry Tip – Silver: Warm water and a soft cloth will clean most areas of your silver jewelry. If the silver is tarnished, use a silver polishing cloth instead of silver polish or silver cleaning fluid.
How to Clean Jewelry Tip – Diamonds: Soak your diamond jewelry in a solution made up of one cup of warm water and ¼ cup of ammonia for approximately 20 minutes. You can also soak your diamonds in a simple solution of warm water and mild dish soap if you do not have ammonia on hand. Gently clean your diamond jewelry with the bristles of a soft brush (toothbrush). Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
How to Clean Jewelry Tip – Gem Stones: You can use the solution for Diamonds on most precious gem stones EXCEPT for soft gemstones such as emeralds and opals. For these soft stones, the best way to clean them is to use warm water and a piece of silk or other soft cloth. Gently rub the stones with the cloth. Rinse with warm water and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
How to Clean Jewelry Tip – Pearls: Pearls should be cleaned individually by rubbing them with a soft cloth dampened with warm water containing a few drops of mild dish soap.
How to Clean Jewelry Tip – Costume Jewelry: Costume jewelry contains many different elements – synthetics, wood, different types of metals, acrylics, etc. The best way to clean costume jewelry is to wipe them down occasionally using a gentle motion and pressure using a soft, damp cotton cloth. Be careful not to use too much pressure or rub too much as you may damage the finish and settings.
Coating the backs of costume jewelry with clear nail polish (allowing it to dry before wearing), will help keep your costume jewelry from tarnishing and rubbing off on your skin.
AVOID: Avoid exposing Jewelry to extremes of temperature changes, chlorine and other harsh chemicals.
REMOVE: Remove costume jewelry rings prior to washing your hands. This will help the finish last longer. Put the
rings(s) in your pocket or purse to make sure you don’t leave it behind.
LIMIT: Limit your jewelry to exposure to lotions, perfumes, makeup, hair gels and hair spray. These substances can cause discoloration especially in costume jewelry and fine pearls.
ON AND OFF: When getting ready to leave, make jewelry the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off when you come home. This will limit the damage from wear and tear of chores and other tasks as well as exposure to chemicals, lotions and makeup.
PUT IT BACK: Make it a habit to put the jewelry up where it belongs each and every time you take it off when you come home. At the very least, put it back where it came from each night and keep it protected. This will help you keep your jewelry in good shape and organized where you can easily find it the next time.
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Keeping your jewelry pieces clean and in great shape will make you want to wear them more and make them last longer!
Now get out there and sparkle!
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