Is there any woman around there who doesn’t like sparkling jewelry? Probably not! Women adore accessorizing their look with jewelry. But, the exposure to dust and dirt as well as lotions and sop, can dull your favorite pieces of jewelry over time and rob them of their gleam. And, that is the time when you need to consider cleaning your jewelry. The best is that you don’t even need to visit a professional jeweler. Instead, you can clean almost any of the items in your jewelry box at your own home. All you need to do is to follow some jewelry cleaning tips. Below we have selected a few of them to help you get better results easily. Grab the right supplies and a little elbow grease and get started.
How to properly take care of silver jewelry?
One of the best ways to clean tarnished silver jewelry is with good silver polish. Choose one which contains ingredients that dissolve and remove tarnish, as well as leave behind a protective coating to prevent forming a new tarnish. Using a liquid polish can be a bit messy, so instead, you can try wipes as the best alternative.
If you don’t have silver polish or wipes on hand, then you can try some DIY methods. Just have in mind that these methods aren’t that efficient. They won’t keep tarnish from returning. But if you do it well, they will help you properly clean your silver items. And, the best is that they won’t cost you anything, as you already have most of the needed ingredients at home.
Dish soap: Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water. Then, dip a soft cloth in the mixture and use it to rub the silver items. This way you will remove the tarnish that has been collected over the silver. Once you rub well, rinse with cool water and buff dry with another soft cloth.
Baking soda: Try baking soda if you want to clean the heavier tarnish. Mix three parts baking soda to one part water. Wet the silver and then apply the baking soda paste with a soft, lint-free cloth. Clean well with the cloth so that it picks up the tarnish. Finally, rinse with water and buff dry.
Toothpaste: Most of the jewelry cleaning tips you will find on the Internet will advise you to use toothpaste to clean your jewelry. Toothpaste is so effective when you want to get rid of stains. The same way it removes the stains from your teeth, the toothpaste will remove the tarnish from your jewelry. Take your white toothpaste (not a gel one) and apply it over tarnished silver pieces. Rub gently using your fingers or a soft cloth. Once you are done, rinse well with warm water. Then buff to a shine with a soft cloth.
Gold jewelry cleaning tips
For a properly gold jewelry cleaning try a mixture of few drops of dish soap and warm water. Prepare the mixture and soak the jewelry pieces into it. Put the smaller pieces such as rings into a strainer before you place them in the solution. The larger items such as bracelets and necklaces can go directly in the bowl with the solution. Leave the items into the mixture for about five minutes. Swish them around and then take them out. Lay all the pieces over a soft cloth. Then, using a toothbrush try to get rid of any dirt trapped over the crevices and chain links. Rinse all the jewelry pieces under running water. Finally, buff dry with a soft cloth. There is no easiest way how to clean your jewelry, right?
How to clean Gemstones?
In order to restore the sparkle of precious and semi-precious stones, follow the same instructions presented above. Just, instead of using regular water, you better mix dish soap with seltzer water. Also, try to brush the gemstones using a soft toothbrush. The other steps are all the same. At the end rinse the Gemstones jewelry pieces with running water and admire their sparkle.
How to properly take care of pearls?
Pearls, because of their porous, can easily lose their luster. So, if you want to keep them looking beautiful all the time, then you need to clean them with care. Rule number one to remember: Never, ever soak pearls because by doing it, you can cause the string to weaken and break. That is why you need to try some no-soak jewelry cleaning tips.
Clean pearls carefully using a soft cloth. Dip a small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and a little shampoo. Using the makeup brush go over each pearl. In the end, rinse the pearls with a clean cloth. Place the pearls over a dry flat to prevent the string from stretching.