The sheen of an exquisite piece of jewelry would definitely make one get noticed by, but all without its lustre, the same piece would lose its charm. Since jewelry is worn almost every day, it is exposed to dust, sweat and other chemicals which can make it look dull and tarnished. Hence, the need to keep jewelry clean and storing it with utmost care cannot be overemphasized. Believe it or not, you can clean jewelry are at home and that too with common household products.
First, know how susceptible your jewelry is to scratches and chemical products. Hardness is based on a gem-trade standard called the Mohs scale. The higher the Mohs scale number, the harder the stone is. The highest scale rating is 10 for diamonds. Anything with a Mohs scale rating of less than seven is easily scratched such as pearl, opal, coral and turquoise. Gold, silver and platinum are only Mohs 21/2 to 4.
- It is extremely important that pieces of jewelry are stored separately so that they don’t get scratched and broken.
- Store it right and your jewelry will look new and last you a lifetime. Keep your ornaments in cases with soft-lined insides or in soft-fabric pouches. You can also wrap them in tissue paper and then keep in a box.
Don’t be under the impression that if you won’t wear your jewelry often, it will have its glow intact. Jewelry, whether worn frequently or not, has to be taken care of and cleaned on a regular basis to keep it radiant
How To Clean Gold Jewellery
Gold can be scratched and dented if you are not careful. Rings and bracelets tend to damage more than earrings or necklace simply because of where they are worn. Chemicals in beauty products, perfumes and hair spray can rob the gold jewelry of its sheen. Even the chlorinated water in the swimming pools causes the gold to become weak and prone to breaking. So don’t wear your gold in a swimming pool. Take your jewelry off while doing household chores or else wear rubber gloves for protection.
- Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and add a few drops of washing liquid. Soak your piece of gold jewelry for a few minutes. Then, use the soft toothbrush to gently remove any dirt and grime.
- Using boiling water is another effective home cleaning method. Completely submerge the gold jewelry in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. This should result in the grease and grime that was built up on the jewelry safely floating to the water’s surface. However, this method may result in loosening a gemstone or other gem setting so it is not advisable if this is a concern.
- Rubbing alcohol is a very effective way to remove residue and grime from the jewelry. It also offers the advantage of disinfecting the jewelry without the use of boiling water or harsher chemical. Rubbing alcohol may dissolve or loosen the glue and other adhesives that are used to bind gemstones to gold jewelry. Therefore if your jewelry has such gemstones or other attached pieces, you should use this technique very carefully
- Ammonia is one of the most effective but also one of the most risky home cleaning methods that you can use to clean your gold jewelry. To make ammonia cleaning solution, mix 6 parts water and 1 part ammonia. The ammonia solution is very powerful so you should NOT leave your jewelry soaking in it for longer than a minute to prevent damaging the jewelry piece. You must also rinse very thoroughly and be certain that you have rinsed away all of the solution.Ammonia method although very effective but at the same time runs the risk of discoloring or damaging your gold jewelry over time. For this reason it is best to use this method very occasionally. Also, do not use this method with jewelry containing pearls, because it could dull or damage their delicate surface
- You can also clean your gold jewelry with a paste of baking soda. Make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply a light coating on the jewelry with a sponge or soft muslin cloth, pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean. Avoid this technique with jewelry containing pearls or gemstones, as it could damage their finish or loosen their glue.
- Soak a soft cloth with little bit of beer and rub it gently over your gold piece. Use a clean second cloth or towel to dry. This will return the sparkle and shine in your gold.
Always, rinse thoroughly and dry after cleaning. If any moisture is left on your jewelry, it can cause the springs and clasps of the jewelry to get weak over time.
How To Clean Silver Jewelry
Silver tarnishes when exposed to air. Don’t store silver in plastic bags as it contains sulphur compounds which can cause tarnish faster. Even wood and rubber promotes tarnish.
Thinking how to clean silver sterling silver jewelry at home or how to clean silver jewelry with household products ?. It’s actually very easy.
- Make your silver jewelry or silverware shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for 2-3 hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. The renewed sparkle will dazzle you.
- To clean silver jewelry pieces, make a dip using 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 tablespoon white salt, aluminium foil and 1 cup hot water. Place aluminium foil in a bowl and pour hot water into it. Then put fresh baking soda, vinegar and salt into the water. Submerge the silver jewelry in the water and allow it to soak for half an hour. Then, rinse it and allow it to dry.
- Take warm water in a bowl and mix laundry detergent (without bleach) in it. Soak silver jewelry or silverwares in this liquid for about a minute. Rinse it thoroughly, allow drying and buff with soft cloth
- Dip your silver jewelry in a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes. Rinse your jewelry clean, dry it, and it’s ready to wear.
How To Clean Pearls
Pearls are organic stones and react quickly to any form of chemicals like perfumes, lotions and hair spray. These chemicals not only cause the pearls to lose their lustre, but also stain them. So wear your pearl jewelry at the end after you have applied perfume and lotions. Clean pearls only with lukewarm water and never brush them in any way. Wipe them with a soft cotton cloth.
How to Clean Diamond Jewellery
Lotions, powders, soaps–even the natural oils from your skin create a film on diamonds, which will reduce their shine. Clean diamonds in the same way that you would clean your gold pieces. However, avoid touching them too much as the natural skin oils in your fingers can cause them to lose their shine.
Make a solution of 4 parts cold-water and 1 part very mild dish washing detergent. Soak the pieces for several minutes. Lift out and tap gently around all sides of the mounting with a soft brush. Rinse the pieces in the solution once more and drain on tissue paper.
- Dip your diamond ring in vodka for a few minutes to get it sparkling again
- Put a little toothpaste on a brush or on a soft cloth and rub it gently over the diamonds. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth and you will notice your diamonds are sparkling again.
How to Clean Platinum Jewelry
Platinum is quite durable in that way. It does not get tarnished or discolored very easily. Nevertheless, you still have to take care of it because it can be scratched if not properly stored. Platinum can be cleaned in the same manner as mentioned above for gold.
How to Clean Jewelry with Colored Gemstones
Sunlight can cause many colored gemstones to fade, change color or even crack. Gemstones like emerald, coral, amber and turquoise should not be cleaned with soap and water. Just use a soft damp cloth to wipe them clean. And always remember to put on your perfume, deo spray or hair spray before you wear your delicate stones, otherwise it can cause stains and discoloring in the stones. Be careful when you are cleaning your jewelry in a sink. Put a stopper on before cleaning lest your precious jewelry go down the drain. Better still, clean them in a bowl. Also remember that, apart from cleaning and storing your jewelry well at home, have it professionally cleaned and polished at least once a year. Then, when you will sport your sparklers, rest assured that they would have a bedazzling