Indians have always loved jewellery . Initially it was beads, bone and stones. Then came the precious metals and now we have different kinds of imitation, fusion and multimetal designer jewelery. Olden times there were jewellery cleaners who used to do rounds and used to have solvents which could slowly dissolve the precious metals.
There are several ways to sparkle your jewels without running to the jeweler to get them cleaned. Simple household items such as baking soda and dish soap can turn your gems from dull to dashing. This would reduce a lot of chemical burden on nature.
Very useful guest post by Julissa. (originally published at) for cleaning of silver, gold, diamond, pearls and even costume jewelry. So the next time you getting ready for a night out on the town, follow these simple tips and you’ll have everyone complimenting you on your “new” sparkly gems!
Baking Soda, Aluminum and Water
Tarnish transfers and sticks to aluminum foil, therefore making it a great use for cleaning your silver jewelry. It only takes about ten minutes to make your items look brand new.
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 2 tbsp of salt
- ¼ cup of boiling water
- Piece of aluminum foil
- Soft cloth
Step 1: Line a dish with aluminum foil (dull side up).
Step 2: Add in baking soda and salt.
Step 3: Add boiling water and stir gently until baking soda dissolves.
Step 4: Place jewelry in dish.
Step 5: Remove from dish, rinse, and polish.
Baking Soda and Water
Baking soda has a variety of uses such as cleaning your sink and it is especially great for removing tarnish from silver jewelry. If your jewelry is gold, it’s still OK to use, just add a splash of vinegar after step two right before you rinse with water.
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- 2 tbsp water
- Soft cloth
Step 1: Make a paste with ¼ baking soda and 2 tbsp water.
Step 2: Apply with damp sponge and rub.
Step 3: Rinse with water.
Step 4: Buff dry.
Mild Dish Soap
Dish soap is a really gentle (and easy!) way to clean your jewelry. Just make sure you are using a new, soft bristle brush in order to avoid scratching.
- Gentle dish soap
- 1 cup of warm water
- Soft bristle toothbrush
- Soft cloth
Step 1: Fill a glass with soap and warm water.
Step 2: Soak the item.
Step 3: Scrub bracelet with a toothbrush.
Step 4: Rinse and air dry.
Step 5: Polish with cloth.
Simple Rules for Keeping Your Jewelry Clean
Be aware not every method works for every piece of jewelry. Here are a few simple rules to follow when cleaning your jewelry and keeping it clean.
- Be careful not to soak items too long. Start with five minutes and work your way up as needed.
- When using a toothbrush always make sure it is new and only used for jewelry cleaning. Many sites will recommend to use an old brush but that can only increase your chances of getting unnecessary residue on your item. Remember, brushing too hard can cause some scratches as well.
- Always avoid using chlorine since that can discolor your jewelry.
- Never use bleach or acetone since it can break down metals. It’s best to take off jewelry while cleaning.
- Keep in mind that applying lotion or antibacterial gel while wearing your jewelry can make it dull, especially your diamond rings.
How to Clean Your Jewelry at Home
Here are a few methods for each piece in your jewelry box with common household items. When cleaning your jewelry, taking into account what material it is made from to figure out how to clean it best. Soap and water is almost always safe to try if you’re unsure what your jewelry is made of.
No matter what your gems or jewels are, there are many ways to keep them clean without worrying about ruining them. There’s nothing better than glancing down at your beautiful, sparkly jewelry. It’s best to clean every 6 months or simply as needed.