Enjoying your accessories every day has its toll – they tend to lose their shine and/ or get that “please clean me already” look. Keep in mind that it is extremely important to know the exact material your necklace, bracelet, ring or earrings are made of. Depending on the type of the jewelry and material you’d like to clean, there are many tips you will find on the Internet and in the manuals. Let’s take a look at a couple of advice when it comes to taking proper care of your ornaments.
Silver polishing. Silver can lose its shine and clean looking surface quite fast. Having silver jewelry that looks like it’s ready for retirement is probably the least present sight in your jewelry box. No need to worry, though, there’s a solution for that. Simply mix a couple of drops of dishwashing soap with hot (not boiling!) water, dip in a piece of cloth and gently rub the jewelry. Try to reach the harder reaching parts of it as well. When you decide it is clean enough, rinse the piece with cold water and dry it, preferably with a soft cloth. If this doesn’t do the trick, try it with another recipe – every housekeeper’s best friend, the multifunctional baking soda. Mix three parts of it to one part water and use this paste for cleaning your desired object. Rinse the mix and then dry. We should point out that soaking silver is not a smart idea.
Cleaning gems and gold. If you have a dirt problem with your golden jewelry as well as your gems, you will want to use mild dish soap once again, and mix a few drops of it with seltzer water. Notice that the seltzer should be one without sodium as it can harm your jewelry. The carbonation found within this product should loosen up the gunk in the crevices and make its removal much easier. You want to soak your gold in this mixture some five minutes or so (once again – don’t overdo it). After this bath is over, use a toothbrush to remove the dirt and build up substance in places that aren’t so easy to reach. After you’re done doing this, rinse the pieces with water and dry them. For jewelry that has gems in it, especially if those are glued, use another technique – repeat the steps above, but with a cloth only, and skip the toothbrush part. In other words, dip the cloth in the solution, give a bath to your ornaments, and then remove the mixture with a cloth dampened with only water. This way you will not harm the glue in them.
Lastly, a couple of details not to be overlooked…
Prevention is easier than cure, right? Of course it is. Now that your jewelry is squeaky clean, avoid getting it dirty again by removing it while having baths or hand washing, putting on creams and lotions and similar. For best results, let the cosmetic products soak in before putting your favorite pieces back on your skin and avoid spraying perfume directly on your jewels.