If you are a homeowner who loves DIY or organising your stuff in your cabinet to keep your blood running, you may put your jewellery and its boxes on the list of do-it-yourselfers.
Whether you are someone who has a chaotic clutter of chains and rings lying around, or you have different boxes or pockets for each personalised jewellery uk you have, you need to check those jewellery pieces that need a little washing and buffing to bring back their sparkle again.
Jewellery should do its job to sparkle and give glamour to your overall look. But sometimes, environmental exposure like moisture, air, dust, dirt, even soaps, and lotion can wear out your most treasured pieces as time passes by.
Cleaning your jewellery does not always require a professional or shelling out money for it. There are many easy ways and techniques on how you will be able to clean your jewellery at home using different home staples.
You must take into consideration that there are specific ways and cleaning materials for every type of jewellery. Say, for example, soft gemstones can’t stand harsher cleaning materials, and methods like gold and silver can withstand. You must be aware of what type of jewellery you are wearing and what it is made of. You can always ask a professional jeweller to take caution or have your jewellery examined if you are uncertain of what steps to take or what materials to use.
For tarnished silver jewellery pieces, you need a good silver polish with ingredients that dissolve and eradicate tarnish and leave an added protective layer or coating that prevents further tarnish from forming. Some liquid polishes can be sloppy to use at times. If you have some errands you must finish on that day, and you’re in a hurry, you can use wipes as an alternative, silver wipes, to be exact. You can also use multi-layer cloths or microfiber to clean, remove tarnish, and wipe your jewellery to enhance its shine.
On the other hand, if you don’t have silver polish in your belongings, you can try one of these home remedies. Take note that these treatments will not stop your jewellery from tarnishing. Other jewellers warn not to use these materials every time and avoid too much rubbing on your silver jewellery piece.
Baking Soda. For tougher tarnish, you can mix three parts baking soda to one part water. Damp the silver with water and then apply the baking soda paste using a soft cloth.
Damp the silver piece, then apply the mixture with a soft cloth. Wipe the crevices and use the other side of the fabric once it clears away the tarnish. After that, you can rinse it and dry it to shine.
Dish Soap. Combine several drops of dishwashing liquid with warm water. Soak a soft cloth on its edges to the mixture and rub it onto the silver piece to clear away the tarnish. After that, wash it with cool water and use another soft cloth to shine.
Toothpaste. Apply a hint of white paste toothpaste to your silver piece and use a soft cloth to rub it lightly. Then, rinse with warm water and use another cloth to shine.
There are many types of gold jewellery. Some of them are mixed with other metals, and some are pure gold. When we say pure gold, it always means 24 karat gold. If your gold jewellery is less than 24 karats, it only means that it is combined with other metals such as alloys. Jewellers do this to increase the durability and extend the lifespan of the gold piece. Gold is prone to wearing out and to scratching since it is a soft metal.
Mix a few drops of dish soap into warm water. Before placing your gold jewellery in the solution, make sure you put the small gold pieces into a strainer. On the other hand, large parts can go directly into the solution. Soak the gold pieces for five minutes. After five minutes, take them out and put them on a soft cloth. You may use a toothbrush to work on the crevices and other gold pieces that have chain links. This will dislodge the dirt trap on them.
Then, put them back on the filter and rinse them with running water. Dry them using a soft cloth.
Ammonia. You can use this in gold and silver pieces. Mix one cup of warm water and ½ cup of clear ammonia. Soak them for ten minutes. Then, wipe it clean with a soft cloth and let it dry.
Beer. You can use this in solid gold without any gemstones. Pour some beer onto a soft cloth, and use it to rub them lightly. After that, use another towel or cloth to dry.
It is easier to return the gleam of gemstones such as rubies, emeralds, diamonds, and other gemstones set in gold. You can use the cleaning method for gold, but instead of using water, use sparkling water to mix with dish soap. The carbonisation of water helps to ease up the soils and dirt and clear away debris stuck in your gemstone piece.
You can use a soft toothbrush in brushing your gemstones. After that, dip it in water, or you can use a filter and bathe them under running water. Use a soft cloth to buff dry.
Vodka. You can use vodka for your crystalline gemstones as well. Use a few drops of vodka to a clean, soft napkin, or you can soak them for two to three minutes. Use a soft cloth to dry.
Window Cleaner. This only applies to crystalline gemstones like diamonds and rubies.
You can spray the cleaner and use a soft toothbrush to clear away dirt and debris. Rinse with water and use a soft cloth to shine.
Pearls can quickly lose their shine since it is so absorbent. Never soak pearls in any solution, whether they are authentic, cultured, or faux. Soaking can make them weak and eventually break them off.
You can start by laying them on a soft cloth. Mix a bit of mild shampoo into warm water. Use a clean small brush and dip it into the mixture. Now, gently go over each pearl. After that, you can rinse them with a damp cloth. Let them dry
You can also use this method for other gemstones like opals and turquoise since they are considered porous stones.
Few notes to remember:
● Look out for gemstones. They vary in characteristics, so the cleaning procedures are not the same, although they are characterised as gemstones.
● You can gently clean jewellery with precious gemstones every two months. For Gold jewellery with diamonds, you can clean them every three to four weeks.
● For deep cleaning, you must contact a professional jeweller to do this procedure. The recommended time is every eight to twelve months.
For more tips and techniques on how to take care of your jewellery or if you need to contact a professional jeweller, visit www.charmingjewellerystore.co.uk/
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