How To Clean And Refresh Your Precious Jewelry

How To Clean, Protect Your Jewelry At Home:

Exposure to skin oils, perspiration, perfume and cosmetics can dull your precious jewelry. Here’s how to clean them (but first, make sure all settings and clasps are secure).

Gold Jewelry

Warning:Never plunge jewelry into hot water. And use only soft lint-free cloth or a piece of professional chamois for buffing after drying.

For Gold That Glitters:

  • Use warm soapy water, cleaning any crevices and around gem settings (don’t forget to examine the back too) with a baby toothbrush.
  • For jewelry that’s lost just a bit of its sheen, sparkle turmeric and rub to a high shine.
  • For minor intricate pieces (filigree or chain links, for instance) dissolve powdered alum in warm water and soak ornaments in it for 15-20 minutes before cleaning.
  • For plain gold, without enamel, pearls or stones, a warm dilute solution of vinegar works too.

Gold With Gems:

  • Immerse in 1/2 cup gin or vodka for half an hour, then wipe and buff as usual.
  • Alternatively, for stubborn grime or grease, wrap in clean cloth and hold packet with tongs in steam from a kettle spout to loosen dirt.

Silver Jewelry

Sparkling Silver:

  • Non-abrasive silver polishes are made for the purpose. Simply apply with soft cloth, working into stains and crevices gently, then wipe off any excess and buff.
  • For larger objects, the home-grown option of lime paste (white) mixed with the juice of lemon and water works well. Heat this solution to a boil. Immerse your silverware in it and “boil” for 5 minutes. Then brush clean and rinse with warm running water.
  • Add a squirt of toothpaste, a tablespoon of baking soda and a splash of dish-washing liquid to 1/2 cup water, soak silverware for 15 minutes, then rinse and buff.

Pearl JewelryA Glow Of Pearls:

  • Gently wipe pearls with cotton wool soaked in spirit.
  • Have pearls professionally cleaned and re-strung every 2-3 years if they are in regular use.

Diamond Jewelry

Diamonds Forever:

  • Mix mild dish-washing liquid with warm water to clean diamonds. Dip the gem in, rub clean with a soft toothbrush, rinse with warm water and pat dry.
  • Or try a solution of 1 part ammonia to 6 parts water for a stone that’s its spark. Use the same method to clean as above.
  • For a quick clean, apply a little toothpaste, leave for 10 minutes and as you rinse the gem, gently clean it with a soft toothbrush.
  • Another quick-clean idea: Drop two fizzing tablets in a glass of water, immerse the diamond for 2 minutes, then rinse.
  • Do not leave diamonds to air-dry if they were washed in tap water – the film left behind as it evaporates dulls their sparkle. Blow-dry on a low setting instead.

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9 responses to “How To Clean And Refresh Your Precious Jewelry

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  2. Great tips! I’ve been needing to take some of my finer jewelry to a jewelers to get cleaned, but I may try these tips before hand and save myself the trip and the money!
    XOXO
    Veronica

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