Follow these expert tips on how to clean jewelry and your favourite pieces will sparkle like new again.
Basic Method for Cleaning Fine Jewelry
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The daily use of cosmetics like lotions, hairspray, sunscreens and even perfume can cause your pieces to look dull. If your favourite accessories (like engagement rings and diamond studs) are especially grimy, get them to shine again by using the basic method (above) but -this time- boil the water. To ensure you're safe, drop the jewels in a strainer and place in boiling water. Once the water has cooled, take out the jewels and polish them with a soft cloth.
Don’t…rinse the jewels in cold water. Metals do not like the shock of going from hot to cold.
Protect your investment: If your pieces are especially delicate or valuable play it safe and have them cleaned professionally.
Most accessories can be cleaned in warm water and ordinary dish detergent. Be cautious as some of these less expensive pieces typically use glue to hold faux stones or are made of metals that will easily scratch. Let your pieces soak for 20 minutes or so, rinse and then dry them with a soft cloth.
Don’t …use hot or boiling water, abrasive cleansers and avoid scrubbing or rubbing the metals.
Tarnishing is simply caused by exposure to air and dirt. It’s a dull film that can range from a golden colour to black. You can remove tarnish with a soft cloth soaked in lemon juice or white wine vinegar. Cleaning formulas sold at retailers are also a good option.
Silver tarnishes faster in high humidity so, store your silver in an airtight container, fabric-lined jewelry box or wrap in a soft cloth or pouch.
Don’t… wear silver in the pool or hot tub. Chlorine will cause your silver to tarnish.