Wouldn’t You Love Your Jewellery to Look Like New Again and Again?

It’s very satisfying to restore your much loved jewellery to it’s original lustre and brilliance.

Even after a few days’ wear, your piece of bright and shiny jewelry can considerably dull from hand lotions, styling products, body oil and everyday grime. That’s why jewelers recommend that you should clean all your pieces regularly.

Firstly Some General tips:

*Remove your jewellery before showering or using lotions and styling products. Soap dulls gold. All these products including soap can leave a film on your jewellery which will dull the appearance quickly.

*Exposure to perfume, cosmetics or perspiration can stain gemstones.

*Store jewellery separately. When you throw all you jewellery into the one box, diamonds and other gemstones can potentially scratch soft metals such as gold and silver.

*Never use boiling water to clean jewelry.

*Be gentle when brushing clean your jewelry; although most gemstones are hard, the material in which they’re set into may not be. Gold and silver can easily be scratched if brushed too hard.

*You should never wear your jewellery in pools as chlorine discolours metal. The safest and probably the easiest way to clean some jewellery is in an ultrasonic cleaner. Your local jeweller will be able to do it very cheaply for you. This method is not suitable for some gemstones. Your jeweller will advise you before cleaning your jewellery. This method works well for diamonds, rubies and sapphires.

Tip for before your clean

Before you start cleaning, check for any loose prongs and make sure the setting is secure. If you find something loose, get it fixed by you jeweller before cleaning.

How to clean gold:

1. Make a mild mix of warm soapy water using a mild detergent in a bowl. Don’t use the sink as you could loose the item. Also avoid harsh abrasive detergents.

2. Soak the jewellery for a few minutes

3. Use a soft brush to clean the piece. Gold is a soft metal and will easily scratch.

4. Rinse thoroughly in water and dry. Use a jewellery polishing cloth to make it shine.

How to clean silver:

1. Apply some silver non-abrasive polishing solution.

2. Use a soft cloth to work into the tarnished areas.

3. Polish off the cleaner with a jewellery polishing cloth to make the item shine.

How to clean your diamond ring:

1. Make a mild mix of soapy water using a mild detergent in a bowl. Don’t use the sink as you could loose the item.

2. Soak the jewellery for a few minutes

3. Use a soft brush to clean the piece. Although your diamond is hard, the gold surrounding it is a soft metal and will easily scratch. For dirt that is hard to get out of the setting, use a wooden toothpick. Don’t use metal as this will scratch the gold.

4. Rinse thoroughly in water and dry. Use a jewellery polishing cloth to make it shine.

How to clean pearl jewellery:

1. Use a damp soft cloth to clean pearls and porous stones, such as emeralds, rubies, lapis lazuli, coral and turquoise. Never submerge pearls or porous stones in water.

2. Dry jewellery thoroughly before putting away.

How to clean closed back settings:

Any item with a closed back setting will require special care. You should avoid submerging the jewellery in water and also avoid steam. In general, you should avoid any situation where water can get trapped in the setting. You should also avoid using an ultrasonic cleaner.

To clean these, wipe your jewellery with a damp cloth. You should then pat it dry and leave it laid out on some paper towel to dry.

How to clean custom jewellery:

Costume jewellery can also require special care. Sometimes glues are used to hold gemstones in place. For this reason you shouldn’t soak this kind of jewellery.

Use a damp soft cloth to clean it. You should then pat it dry and leave it laid out on some paper towel to dry.

Commercial cleaners and jewellery polishing cloths

There are many different commercial cleaners and polishing clothes available both online and at your local jeweller.

There are a few things to look out for when choosing a cleaner. Make sure that the cleaner is suitable for what you intend to use it for. Some cleaners are not suitable for certain gemstones. Most cleaning solutions require you to soak the jewellery. Remember, pearls and some porouse gemstones should not be submerged. Also watch out for closed back jewellery.

I find that the jewellery polishing clothes are effective in removing tarnish from gold and silver. They are also effective for polishing jewellery to a nice shine when you have cleaned it in a cleaning solution or soapy water.

If you follow this guide you should have all of your jewellery shining like new. If you’re unsure about cleaning any of your jewellery, consult your local jeweller first. They will advise you on the best methods to look after your investments.