How To Clean And Care For Different Items Of Jewellery

Clean and Care JewelleryThe vast majority of people will own various items of jewellery, some of which are worn every day, whereas others only come out on special occasions. Jewellery is a fantastic way to compliment certain outfits, although some items of jewellery have a special significance and others simply worn because they make us feel good or look prettier.  However, just as with most things in life, if you want your jewellery to last for years to come you will have to take care of it and clean it on a regular basis. With that being said, there are many different cleaning techniques required depending on what sort of jewellery you own. Therefore, this post will introduce you to the ways in which you should clean and care for various items of jewellery.

Sterling Silver

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver happens to be extremely delicate and is also a very soft metal and therefore great care should be taken when cleaning any silver jewellery items. It is very easy to accidentally scratch silver jewellery by simply running your finger nails over it or even using the wrong type of cloth to clean with. You should soak silvery jewellery items in water with a mild liquid and soap solution for no more than a few minutes. This will remove dirt, grease and fingerprints once rinsed in clean water. You should then dry off the items before storing them in a plastic bag. The bag should be completely airtight, as too much exposure to air can cause your jewellery to tarnish. You should regular rub silver with the polishing cloth that is typically supplied with your jewellery and this will help to keep it shiny and looking as good as new.

Gold

Gold

You should always use a soft and wet cloth when cleaning gold items of jewellery. You can use a toothbrush and warm water if you have particularly stubborn stains to remove. However, you should avoid using the vast majority of chemical cleaners, as these are known to diminish the shine and natural lustre of gold. Whatever you do, never use bleach or cleaners which are chlorine based to clean gold and this is likely to damage your precious items of jewellery.

Gemstones

Gemstones 

Luckily, precious gemstones are typically extremely hard materials, although this doesn’t mean they won’t become damaged if treated incorrectly. You can use warm, soapy water or some type of detergent and you should find that this does the trick. Once again, you can use a toothbrush to remove stubborn stains and dirt. This procedure will work best for diamonds, sapphires and rubies. If you are cleaning semi-precious stones, such as opals, amber, turquoise, etc. you need to be extremely careful, as these items are known to absorb liquids and detergents, which may cause them to eventually discolour.

You are best off cleaning these stones with a damp cloth. These types of semi-precious stones are also prone to damage and therefore should be stored separately from your other items of jewellery and it is recommended that you keep these items in their individual jewellery cases whenever you are not using them. Pearls should be cleaned after every use with a soft, damp cloth and should be kept away from cosmetics and any grooming lotions or sprays.

This post has been contributed by Graham Jones, a jewellery store owner and a father of two. He writes for Grant Austin Display Packaging, a company specializing in jewellery display boxes. He is an outdoor person and he enjoys going camping and trekking with his children during his leisure time.

by Graham Jones; Thursday, October 10, 2013 @ 10:50 AM [3611]

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