In my previous article, I spoke about how you can protect your fine jewelry from certain routine activities that may cause irreparable damage. With this post, I intend to shed light on simple ways in which you can clean your jewelry at home itself. Since the beauty of a gem significantly depends on how well you take care of it, why not invest some time into the maintenance of your favorite baubles?
The internet is filled with hundreds of DIY tutorials, guides and instructional videos on how you should do this right. But my approach is rather uncomplicated, and most of these solutions come straight from the kitchen. So take a look and let the cleaning begin!
For The Really Grimy Pieces
Haven’t bothered or been really busy to clean your jewelry? You’re not alone. Over a period of time, however, regular usage does result in gems and the metal losing their luster. But it’s never too late to bring the shine back!
Simply put mild dish soap into a small bowl of sodium-free seltzer water or club soda. Then gently place the jewelry into the bowl and let it soak for approximately ten minutes. Move a small toothbrush over the setting, and remember not to be too harsh or rigorous. End the process by rinsing with warm water and then dab lightly with a regular cloth or paper towel. You can also use polishing cloths for removing light scratches and tarnishing. They can be easily found at jewelry stores and supermarkets.
For General Cleaning:
Don’t wish to wake up one day and find that your earrings look oddly discolored or that the prongs on your ring have loosened up? If yes, then periodic general cleaning is the way to go! You can do this once a month or if you happen to wear something regularly then consider cleaning the piece once every three weeks.
Remember, it’s not necessary to always use warm water for cleaning. Room temperature water mixed with an all-purpose mild cleaner or even plain soap water should work just fine. Let your jewelry sit in this solution for a few minutes, then gently scrub with a soft toothbrush, pipe cleaner, or denture brush. To rinse, place the item in a new container of water. You can dry the piece off with a paper towel or a regular cloth, as long as you’re careful not to snag the prongs on the fibers.
As a rule of thumb, ensure that the water used is never too hot or too cold because some gemstones do not take well to drastic changes in temperature.