You love wearing your beautiful jewellery and keeping its sparkling radiance is an important part of owning fine jewellery. Whether you love showing off your rings,necklaces, earrings, bracelets or all of them, caring for your jewellery and their stones takes just a bit of regular maintenance to keep them gorgeous for a long time.
Tip #1- Know Your Jewellery Type
Be certain what type of metal you are cleaning, and know what type of gemstone you have. For instance, if your jewellery is solid gold or silver it can be cleaned easily with one of the many tips below. If you have plated jewellery that is not silver or gold underneath, you should only use a mild dish soap to prevent damage to the thin layer of plating.
Certain stones can also be sensitive to cleaners and solutions like ammonia can damage some stones. Soft stones such as pearl, coral, turquoise or amber, should not be soaked in a cleaning solution of any kind. Wipe with a soft cloth for cleaning. What can you use? Read on.
Tip #2 – How to Clean Silver or Gold Jewellery
Be gentle and start simple. Try first by using a gentle soap like Dawn or Fairy dish washing liquid and water.They are safer and don’t have added chemicals that can harm jewellery. Soak and rinse. Rub with a jewellery cleaner cloth or soft cloth. If you need something stronger, check our tips below.
Tip #3 – How to Clean Diamond Jewellery
You can use ¼ cup of ammonia and one cup of warm water, allowing the jewellery to soak for 20 minutes. Brush lightly with an old soft toothbrush if there is attached dirt or grime. Rub gently with a soft cloth to create a sparkling shine.
Tip #4 – Deeper Cleaning
For those tough things that tend to cling to our rings and other jewellery such as dirt and lotions, use 1/2 cup vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda & soak for 30 minutes to 3 hours- rinse and dry with a jewellery cleaner cloth or soft cloth. Vinegar can damage some metals so use cautiously.
Tip #5 – How to Clean Tarnished Jewellery
Make a gentle paste of baking soda and water drops. Wet your tarnished jewellery and use a soft jewellery cleaning cloth to apply the paste, rubbing gently. Use a clean spot on the cloth as the tarnish is lifted and rinse with warm water. Dry immediately.
Tip #6 – Cleaning Your Engagement Ring
If gentle soap and water doesn’t get your ring sparkling clean, soak your diamond ring for 10 minutes in a small amount of glass cleaner and warm water. This will loosen up anything that is sticking to your ring. You can also use hydrogen peroxide and water to kill bacteria. Rinse very thoroughly and use a baby toothbrush to remove any stubborn residue.
Tip #7- See Your Jeweller
Our precious jewellery should have special care to keep it looking its best. Jewellers have ultrasonic cleaners that can clean most necklaces, rings and other pieces. This keeps your gold, silver and diamond jewellery staying beautiful. They can also tell you more about properly caring for your porous stones such as pearls.
Keeping your jewellery clean is important for it to last forever and look brand new. When there is buildup from daily wear, it can loosen the prongs holding your stones. Remove your jewellery when bathing or swimming to protect it from buildup from soaps, dangerous cleaners and from bleachy water. Clean it properly and regularly to keep it in good shape so that it lasts a lifetime. See your jeweller to care for any precious stone scratches or deep cleaning and repairs to clasps, prongs and links.