Best Way to Clean Jewellery

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How to Clean Gold Jewellery

Best Way to Clean Jewellery

Everyone enjoys wearing jewellery and to get the most out of it and protect your jewellery from wear and tear, it is extremely important to keep it clean. The two main metals used to manufacture jewellery are gold and silver which are soft metals so can be easily scratched and dented.

Easy DIY Method To Clean Jewellery

The easiest and gentlest DIY way to clean your jewellery at home is to use warm water, a soft toothbrush and a very gentle detergent. Use the mildest detergent you can find and put just a couple of drops in the lukewarm water. Use the toothbrush to brush away the dirt very gently. Never soak gemstones in water as many are susceptible to water damage and remove and dry each piece quickly and separately. Make sure each piece of jewellery is completely dry before storing away in the jewellery bag or individual container. Storing your jewellery in a felt lined pouch or container will greatly help to absorb any moisture and help keep it clean. If there is dirt in hard to reach places, a wooden toothpick can be used to carefully remove it.

Check Jewellery When Cleaning

When cleaning jewellery with gemstones it is a good opportunity to examine the stones and mountings to check for damage or looseness. If any signs of wear are detected stop wearing it and refer immediately to your jeweller for repair. It is easy for gemstones to become dislodged and lost, far better to have your jewellery regularly checked and much less costly.

Best Commercial Cleaning Solution For Your Jewellery

There are many commercial cleaning solutions available for all types of jewellery and they provide a safe and inexpensive cleaning medium that will keep your jewellery in showroom condition.

How to Clean Gold Jewellery

Why Jewellery Can Become Tarnished

Most jewellery metals will tarnish over time, with platinum and gold being the most tarnish resistant. Tarnishing occurs when the metal comes into contact with moisture and oxygen and causes the once shiny metal to become dark and dull. Regular cleaning will help prevent tarnishing and keep your jewellery looking as beautiful as the day you bought it.

Things To Avoid To Keep Your Jewellery In Top Condition

If you take care of your jewellery and remove it before activities, it will probably require less cleaning. However, most of us tend to keep our jewellery on all day (How to Care for Your Jewellery) and for activities such as gardening etc. which will increase the build up of grime and dirt. A six-monthly clean by your jeweller will ensure you get the best out of your diamonds.

Never use harsh chemicals such as chlorine, acetone or bleach on any of your diamond jewellery. Abrasive cleaners such as baking soda and cleaning products (JIF) or toothpaste can damage or scratch metal especially gold and silver.

Best Way To Clean Gold Jewellery

Best Jewellery Cleaner for GoldFor gold rings, bracelets and chains using the method of warm soapy water and a toothbrush will help bring the sparkle back. If the gold is particularly dirty then you can soak the gold piece in the solution for a few minutes to loosen the dirt making it easier for the toothbrush to remove it without excess rubbing.

Easy DIY Method To Clean Your Gold Jewellery

Another home DIY recipe is to mix one teaspoon of very mild dishwashing liquid with half a teaspoon of ammonia topped up with one cup warm water. Just drop the jewellery into the liquid for no more than ten seconds, remove and use a soft toothbrush to remove the dirt. Rinse off the jewellery in cold water and dry thoroughly, with a clean, soft cloth. Complete the cleaning process by giving the metal a final buff with a cloth once dry, then place in a separate pouch or container, or again wear it. Never soak jewellery in the solution.

Best Commercial Cleaning Solution For Your Gold Jewellery

There are a number of commercial jewellery cleaners especially formulated for use on gold jewellery and here are the ones we recommend. Alternatively, your jeweller will always be pleased to clean and examine your jewellery items. Apart from cleaning there are many ways to help keep you jewellery from getting dirty or damaged. Check out our guide here.

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Best Way To Clean Silver Jewellery

Silver is more susceptible to tarnish than other metals due in it being mixed with copper to make it more durable and hardwearing, known as Sterling Silver or Silver 925 (92.5% silver).

Easy DIY Method To Clean Your Silver Jewellery

A method you can use at home consists of lining a disposable pan with aluminum foil adding your silver jewellery so it is touching the foil. Then add baking soda and salt to the pan and add boiling water. Use one tablespoon of salt and baking soda for every cup of water. Completely cover the jewellery with the water and wait for the tarnish to disappear. Carefully remove the jewellery from the solution and dry thoroughly with a lint free cloth. This method can be effective, but the use of boiling water can potentially be dangerous and great care must be taken.

Why Silver Jewellery Tarnishs Easily

The tarnish that builds up on silver is not due to water or moisture but due to the presence of sulphur or hydrogen sulphide in the air. This causes the surface of the metal to darken which is undesirable to look at. It is best to store silver jewellery in airtight containers, if possible, or at least boxes/pouches to slow down the tarnishing process. Some people have sulphur compounds and amino acids in their skin and so wearing the jewellery will also cause discolouration. Regular cleaning of your silver jewellery helps to avoid this happening. A good tip is keep silver out of flowing air and humidity so keeping your jewellery in the bathroom is not a very good idea.

Best Commercial Cleaning Solution For Your Silver Jewellery

There are a number of commercial jewellery cleaners especially formulated for use on silver jewellery and here are the ones we recommend. Alternatively, your jeweller will always be pleased to clean and examine your jewellery items.

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Best Way To Clean A Diamond Ring

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Diamonds are the hardest substance in the world and as such are a natural choice for engagement and dress rings.

Easy DIY Method To Clean Your Diamond Ring

Diamonds are not affected by water and therefore an effective way of cleaning them is to make a to make a solution of warm water and dishwashing liquid and soak the diamond for 15 – 30 minutes. Then gently brush with a soft toothbrush. Most soap products are OK but avoid any that include a moisturiser as this would tend to leave a film on the diamond. When drying do not use paper towel but a soft cotton cloth which is the most effective.

To keep the sparkle in your diamond ring we suggest cleaning at least once a week, which should allow easy removal of oils and dirt.

Best Commercial Cleaning Solution For Your Diamond Ring

There are a number of commercial jewellery cleaners especially formulated for use on diamond ring jewellery and here are the ones we recommend. Alternatively, your jeweller will always be pleased to clean and examine your jewellery.

Best Way To Clean Diamond Jewellery

 

Best Way To Clean Platinum Jewellery

Platinum is an extremely durable metal which makes it ideal for jewellery. It is best to store platinum items separately to avoid it scratching other jewellery items, especially gold and silver. There is virtually no wear and tear of a platinum ring over time. Platinum does age and over the years its surface darkens due to a soft age patina. This can be removed by buffing the jewellery to remove the layer of patina and often any scratches.

Easy DIY Method To Clean Your Platinum Jewellery

Regular cleaning with a mild solution of soap and water and a soft toothbrush will keep the lustre on the metal. Then rinse under warm water but be careful not to get your jewellery too close to the sink drain. A clean lint-free cloth will complete the job. However, if your jewellery is mounted with gemstones such as topaz, opal, emerald or tanzanite, do not let it soak in water.

Best Commercial Cleaning Solution For Your Platinum Jewellery

There are a number of commercial jewellery cleaners especially formulated for use on platinum jewellery and here are the ones we recommend. Alternatively, your jeweller will always be pleased to clean and examine your jewellery items.

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Best Way To Clean Pearl Jewellery

how to clean pearls that have yellowedPearls are a beautiful but delicate gemstone. The more care you take of your pearls the longer they will last. So after each time you wear your pearls you wipe them with a soft cloth. By doing so you will help prevent the accumulation of oils and other substances that your pearls have come in contact with. Gentle wiping with a damp cloth is also a good way to remove surface dirt and grease.

Easy DIY Method To Clean Your Pearl Jewellery

If your pearls are more heavily contaminated then a solution of mild soap and warm water should do the trick. Never soak a pearl necklace in water as this will weaken the silk thread. Before storing away let the pearls dry thoroughly, this is particularly important with pearl necklaces to maintain the  elasticity of the silk strand.

Tips To Take Care Of Pearls

String pearl necklaces with a knot between each pearl to prevent loss if the strand breaks. Pearl necklaces should be stored flat to prevent them from stretching. Pearls benefit from a moist environment so frequent wearing helps to stop them from drying out.

Avoid High Temperatures

Pearls are susceptible to heat and wearing them to the beach on a hot day can cause them to dry out, especially if done often. Heat causes the layers of nacre on the surface of the pearl which is held together by conchiolin to dry out and over time can result in discolouration and loss of lustre. Also consider temperature when storing pearls and pearl jewellery.

Keep Your Pearls Away from Chemicals

Pearls have an alkaline basis and are susceptible to a wide range of chemicals. Consequently, avoiding the use of many cosmetic products is advisable and remember to always put your precious pearls on last after applying makeup, hairspray and perfume. Many of these products might be slightly acidic and damage the nacre of your pearls. Also keep pearls away from household chemicals such as chlorine, bleach, hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and ammonia which can damage the surface of the pearl.

Best Commercial Cleaning Solution For Your Pearls And Pearl Jewellery

There are a number of commercial jewellery cleaners especially formulated for use on pearls and pearl jewellery and here are the ones we recommend. Alternatively, your jeweller will always be pleased to clean and examine your jewellery items.

Experience Our Jewellery Cleaning Service

At Anastasia’s of Broome, we offer a professional jewellery cleaning service designed to help you keep your jewellery in showroom condition. We would advise you have jewellery inspected and cleaned at least once a year. During our cleaning process we remove any bacteria that gets lodged in the small cavities especially earrings and rings from cooking, cleaning or gardening. We also inspect your jewellery for loose stone settings, ensure clasps are operating correctly and confirm the general condition of each item. Finally, we will polish your jewellery, so it looks brand new.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of JEWELLERY CARE or book your jewellery in for a specialised clean please call the showroom on +61 8 9468 8116

We look forward to hearing from you.

Author Bio.

Jill Hansan runs Anastasia’s Of Broome and  is a highly recognised expert is the field of South Sea Pearls having trained in seeding pearls in Cook Islands by Japanese Pearl Technicians. She established a wholesale pearl business selling pearls all over the world. Jill pioneered the combination of pearls and diamonds to create Lust™ Pearls, a unique fusion of these beautiful gemstones. She is an accredited diamond expert and is happy to use and impart her knowledge to help customers make informed decisions.

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