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Whether you’re too busy to have your jewelry professionally cleaned, you can’t afford to have it professionally cleaned, or you just simply want to clean your own jewelry, then these quick and easy jewelry cleaning tips will help you.
These jewelry cleaning tips will come in handy for both your treasured pricey jewelry, as well as your lower-priced fun costume jewels. Why pay big bucks when you can do it yourself? If you carefully follow these tips, your jewelry will regain its luster and look like new again in no time.
Please note that the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives are not recommended for the cleaning of soft stones such as pearls and opals. Please only use soap and water for these stones.
Costume Jewelry: Cleaning costume jewelry is the simplest of all. To clean your costume jewelry, simply give it a good gentle swipe with a damp cotton cloth. Be careful not to over-clean costume jewelry, as this can ruin the jewelry’s finish.
Gold: You have a few options when cleaning your gold. To wash your gold jewelry, you’ll want to soak it in 2 cups of water mixed with a few drops of a dishwashing liquid such as Dawn, Palmolive or Joy. After soaking the jewelry, gently scrub the jewelry with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Rinse the jewelry off with warm water and gently pat dry with a soft cloth. If your gold jewelry is tarnished, add a few drops of ammonia to the soapy water solution and repeat the above instructions.
To remove tarnish from your gold, you can also try mixing ¼ cup of baking soda with 2 tablespoons of water, which will create a thick paste. Cover the jewelry with this mixture and then pour some vinegar over the jewelry. Rinse well.
Pearls: To wash your pearls, simply wipe them with a soft cloth that has been dampened lightly with warm water and mild dish soap.
Silver: I bet you never would have thought in your wildest dreams of using aluminum foil to clean jewelry, but yes, this method not only works on silver jewelry exceptionally well, but silverware as well. To wash your silver with aluminum foil, line a small bowl with the aluminum foil.
Next fill the bowl with a mixture of 1 tablespoon of any bleach-free powdered laundry detergent and hot water. It is not recommended to use liquid detergent for this method. Now soak the jewelry in this solution for about 1 minute, rinse thoroughly and allow the silver to air-dry.
Other options for cleaning silver include the ammonia method as stated above with gold jewelry, as well as using good ol’ baking soda. To wash your silver or gold with baking soda, mix 2 tablespoons of water with ¼ cup of baking soda, creating a thick paste. Apply the baking soda mixture to the jewelry, rinse and then buff the jewelry dry.
Turquoise: To clean your turquoise jewelry, avoid submerging it for a long period of time as this can destroy your turquoise jewelry. Simply clean the turquoise jewelry with warm soapy water and, using a soft cloth, dry it right away. It is recommended to avoid harsh commercial jewelry cleansers for turquoise, as these will discolor the stones.
Diamonds: Diamonds are a girl's best friend, but what do you do when your diamonds have become dull-looking? Well, you have a couple of options when it comes to cleaning your diamonds.
Whichever option you choose will depend upon your personal preferences. You can soak your diamonds in a mixture of ¼ cup of ammonia mixed with 1 cup of warm water for 20 minutes, then gently clean with a toothbrush and rinse with warm water. Also patting dry with a soft gentle cloth.
You can also try soaking your diamonds with warm soapy water or you can soak them in a glass of Alka-Seltzer for a few minutes as well. Alka-Seltzer is said to make your diamonds sparkle and shine instantly upon removal. Soaking your jewelry in a cup of club soda is also believed to make them sparkly again.
These jewelry care and maintenance tips should help keep your jewelry looking like new and help prevent discoloration and tarnishing. Always remove your jewelry before showering or doing any type of cleaning. Chemical cleaners and soaps can damage your jewelry, making it appear dingy and dull. Avoid wearing your jewelry in pools and hot tubs containing chlorine, because the chlorine will permanently damage and cause an irreversible discoloration to your jewelry. Try to avoid exposing your jewelry to things like perfumes, hairspray and lotions, as these things can also cause discoloration to your jewelry. This is easy to do if you make putting on your jewelry the last thing you do when getting ready in the morning. Always keep your jewelry in a safe place. This will keep your jewelry safe and clean.