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The brilliance and sheen of fine jewelry are its most appealing features 🤩 However, exposure to air, moisture, grime, and other elements can dull the brilliance of jewelry over time. Who would want to wear tarnished, worn out looking jewelry? Certainly not me! Whether it's an heirloom piece or a new buy, cleaning and polishing your jewelry on a regular basis is essential for maintaining its poise and durability. Regular DIY cleaning keeps the jewelry in good condition and gleaming. However, due to fine jewelry being delicate, vigorously rinsing and rubbing them with soap and solutions can cause damage to the structure of the jewelry. In this blog post, we've gathered some expert advice on how to keep your fine jewelry looking brand new, brilliant, and safe.
How to Clean Gold Jewelry
How to Clean Silver Jewelry
How to Clean Gemstone Jewelry
How to Store Fine Jewelry
The best way to retain the sun-kissed hues of gold jewelry is to leave it in a homemade mixture of tepid water and a few drops of dishwashing soap. Soak the jewelry for a few minutes in the solution before gently cleaning it with a soft-bristled brush. Then, rinse it with cold water and pat it dry with a soft, cotton cloth before storing it.
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There are a few simple DIY techniques for keeping your silver jewelry sparkling. The standard solution of lukewarm water and a few drops of dishwasher soap is a valid option. However, baking soda can be used to achieve the best results. Baking soda has cleaning capabilities that work wonders on tarnished jewelry. For a more gentle cleaning, opt to replace baking soda with toothpaste. After cleaning the jewelry, rinse it with water and pat it dry with a lint-free cloth before storing it.
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Gemstones are relatively simple to clean and preserve because of their natural formation, which keeps them durable for a long time. However, it is critical to handle gemstone jewelry with care and to know how different gemstones react to certain chemicals. For example, opals are especially sensitive to moisture and therefore you would not want to soak it in water. For most gemstones though, use the same method as before: make a solution of dishwasher liquid in lukewarm water, rinse it with water, pat dry with a soft cloth, and store it in a safe place.
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Cleaning is a crucial component of keeping jewelry in a perfect condition, but it's also necessary to master the right storage techniques. Fine jewelry should be stored in compartmentalized jewelry boxes, lined with felt or soft-lined cases. If you're anything like me, you have probably knots in a good many chains, and you may or may not have several earrings without their better half setting on your dresser. You want to know the number one way to fix that issue? Keep your jewelry orgaized! Last thing, always keep jewelry away from heat to prevent unnecessary damages. Remember: gold's melting point is the lowest of all metals, which makes it perfect for jewelry but also means it must stay away from the heat (unless of course you want to see what melted gold looks like).
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That's all folks! We hope you found this article helpful, and we encourage you to stop by the store every once in a while to get your jewelry cleaned in the Ultra Sonic. Think of it as a "deep clean" for your jewelry. Plus, there's no charge. Just consider it one of the many perks of being a Green Brothers Customer 😉