There isn’t one person who does not love their jewelry to be sparkling, shining and brilliant all at the same time all the time. Unfortunately jewelry does not keep its luster forever and must be taken care of to maintain is wonderful appearance. Follow these simple tips and learn how to keep jewelry clean bring back its original luster.
Before you begin to clean your jewelry at home it is recommended to make sure all your diamond stones are securely tightened into their settings. Find a suitable place to clean preferable away from a sink or far away from somewhere where your diamond falling out will be very hard to recover. Make sure the area you work in is well lit.
In general using a slightly damp cloth to remove dirt and grime works wonders for your jewelry and easily brightens up the jewelry and makes it clean. Depending on how much you wear you jewelry the grime may build up where a damp cloth would not be sufficient.
For these type of situations it is recommended to use a toothbrush to remove the grime from the affected area. Applying a drop of soap to the toothbrush before scrubbing really helps and breaks down the dirt quicker. Never run your jewelry under water over the sink, rinse it off in a bowl and dry with a towel in the area you designated to keep your jewelry clean.
For those of you, which is very common, who have yellow gold it is recommended to make a simple solution of warm water and ammonia to clean the yellow gold and get rid of it’s tarnish. The toothbrush or soft cloth is good for this and again be sure to rinse in a bowl of warm water.
An unknown rule for keeping your jewelry really clean and safe from damages is to store you jewelry separately, away from other pieces to prevent from scratching to the metal and rubbing dirt off onto another piece of jewelry.
For the jewelry wearer who has white gold there is a different set of rules to keep your jewelry clean. As there is no such thing as white gold and a rhodium plating is added to the gold to make it appear white the toothbrush and soap method can only work for so long. Rhodium will go away after a while of regular wear and tear.
Take your jewelry to a local jeweler and pay to have your rhodium plating put back on. This is something that should be done annually if needed depending how much use it gets. You can go 10 years and may never need to add rhodium but this all depends again on much it is being used.
It is also a good idea to let necklaces and bracelets soak in your water solution before cleaning. This helps break away all of the residue and makes it very easy to scrub away all dirt and grime with the toothbrush.
These are just a few of the simple and easy ways to help keep your jewelry clean. Of course if the above mentioned tips are not helping clean your jewelry you must go to a professional to seek help and resolve your issue.