Do you have a treasure trove of jewelry that you love to wear but don’t want to take to the jeweler for fear of it being damaged? Or maybe you don’t have the time or money to spend on getting your jewelry professionally cleaned. In either case, you can clean it at home! This blog post will discuss the best ways to clean your jewelry at home without damaging it. We’ll also have some tips on how to take care of your jewelry so that it lasts longer. So whether you’re a beginner or an experienced jewelry cleaner, read on for information that will help keep your jewels looking their best!
Prevention and Care: Cleaning jewelry starts the moment you get your jewelry. If you want to keep your jewelry in the best possible condition, it’s essential to care for it. Make sure you separate a designated area in your cupboard for storing jewelry.
If you are like most people, you keep your jewelry on all the time. Whether it be your earrings or wedding bands, most people don’t take off their jewelry for fear of losing it or misplacing it. And while that is totally understandable, wearing your jewelry constantly is not a good idea for the long-term health of the jewelry. So, make sure you take off your jewelry from time to time, especially when you are engaged in labor work.
If you have tons of jewelry, it might be good to separate your jewelry, especially silver. Storing silver in a felt at a different location prevents tarnishing. Similarly, make sure you store gold in the gold box lined with felt to avoid moisture build-up.
When cleaning jewelry, consider the sort of jewelry you wish to clean. While all jewelry needs to be cleaned with care, some gems need a gentle approach to avoid a fracture or chip. Jewelry made from shells, emeralds, opals, or turquoise is delicate and must be handled cautiously.
The amount of times you clean your jewelry is also significant. Most fine jewelry stays in good shape if you clean them every other month or so. If you find yourself cleaning your jewelry more often, use a mild approach and avoid ultrasonic cleaners and steamers. Overuse of domestic ultrasonic machines can eventually loosen stones, erode metal, and do even more severe harm. To ensure that your jewelry is safe and effectively maintained, have it checked by a reputable jeweler twice a year.
Cleaning Fine Jewelry
While there are many DIY hacks for cleaning jewelry, a few stand above the rest, and the most popular and easy method to clean fine jewelry at home is as follows.
- Prepare a solution with some lukewarm water and a mild dish detergent.
- The gentler the soap, the better.
- Soak the jewelry in the solution for a few minutes if it’s very dirty or has fragile gemstones that need to be cleaned.
- Next, carefully clean away any dirt and grime with a toothbrush. If you can’t reach a difficult-to-clean area, try using a toothpick or small tweezers to remove it.
- Take note of any loose stones or damage as you clean the jewelry. If gemstones are falling out of your jewelry, stop wearing them until they can be fixed.
- Finally, dry the jewelry by patting it gently before putting it away for storage.
Cleaning Silver Jewelry
While silver jewelry can be cleaned similar to fine jewels, it is recommended that you take a different approach to it. For this, you would want to:
- Purchase some silver polish or make your homemade solution.
- If you are going for a homemade solution, you will need tinfoil, baking soda, salt, and water.
- Place a large disposable pan with the shiny side up on a foil-lined tray.
- After that, carefully place the jewelry in the pan so that it is touching the foil.
- Sprinkle some baking soda and salt into the pan. The amount of salt and baking soda will be determined by how much water you use; estimate about one tablespoon for each cup of water.
- Pour boiling water into the pan until the jewelry is completely soaked.
- Allow the jewelry to soak in the solution until the tarnish begins to fade visibly.
- Then, using a lint-free cloth, carefully remove the jewelry and pat it completely dry.
This will help remove any dirt within your jewelry. If there are any loose gemstones, you need to take the jewelry to a professional to get it fixed. And while cleaning jewelry should be a regular part of your jewelry care, don’t overdo things. Learn more about how to avoid common mistakes while cleaning jewelry.
Cleaning jewelry at home is not as difficult as it may seem. With a bit of care and the right tools, you can easily clean your jewelry and keep it looking its best. Just be sure to take care when handling delicate gemstones, and have your jewelry checked by a professional every few months to ensure that it is in good condition.