When worn frequently, jewelry becomes dull and faded. A fine layer of dirt builds up on the jewelry with the course of time. This dirt can be the skin dirt, or the body oils mix with dust because of which the jewelry loses its shine and sparkling effect. Therefore, it is important to clean the dirt regularly. This will retain the shine and reflection of your jewelry. Cleaning of jewelry is quite simple and does not take much time. Here are some simple tips which you can consider while cleaning your jewelry. With these simple tips, I am sure now you do not have to store the iridescent wedding ring or jewelry that your husband gifted to you in your first anniversary in the locker or safe. You can wear them regularly and clean it as and when required.
Some home remedies to Clean Jewelry
Following are some simple tips which you can consider while cleaning your jewelry at home. These methods are quite effective and simple to learn:
If you want to clean gold jewelry, then wash it in the water and then soak it in isopropyl alcohol for at least 10 hours. Now rinse it thoroughly with water. It then takes at least 2 cups of water and adds the half cup of ammonia into it. Make sure the ratio of ammonia and water should be 1:2.5. Take a toothbrush and brush the solution on the jewelry. Make sure you do this gently. Use soft bristle toothbrush only. You can also use a nail brush. Spread the solution all other the jewelry. The solution should get into all the cracks, carvings of the jewelry. Now rinse the jewelry with water and wipe it with a clean cloth or towel. Allow it to dry. Keep in mind not to be harsh while scrubbing as it can create scratches in the jewelry. Polish it with a terry cloth give your jewelry a shinier look.
How to Clean Delicate Jewellery
Cleaning becomes a bit difficult when it comes to delicate jewelry. If you have delicate jewelry like your wedding ring or necklace with fine diamonds, then first thing which you should keep in mind is the type of jewelry and the metal used in it. If there are precious gemstones like diamond or emerald, then special care is to be taken while cleaning them. Gemstones like opals, pearls should not be cleaned with the ammonia solution. This will make them dull and faded. Also, other gemstones such as tanzanite should not be scrubbed harshly. These gemstones are delicate and do not need much of scrubbing. A toothbrush with old bristles and a bit of bathing soap will be sufficient to clean them.
Silver jewelry needs more cleaning than any other metal. They get easily oxidized. If you have silver jewelry then here are some simple tips to clean it. You can use this tips to clean it regularity as well. Always take care that you do not use chlorine for cleaning silver. Chlorine in water can cause reactions in Silver. They make the metal into greenish discoloration which is difficult to clean. You can find chlorine in swimming pools very easily. Following are the steps to clean the jewelry.
Take half a cup of water. Add two teaspoons of liquid soap and one teaspoon of ammonia and mix it. Make sure you do not use huge quantities of ammonia to clean the silver jewelry as this will damage it. Now use a cotton cloth or a clean towel and dip it in the solution. Gently rub the cloth on the jewelry to remove silver tarnish. Now rinse the jewelry with water and wipe it with a clean cotton cloth or towel. Allow the jewelry to dry.
How to Clean Pearl Set
Pearls need extra care as they are very delicate gems. For cleaning the peals, it is advised not to use any cleaning agent. Also, do not use any washing detergent or ammonia to clean it. Use of alcohol should be strictly restricted. There are few steps which you can keep in mind for cleaning pearls. These are simple steps and are quite easy to remember. If the pearl has a fine layer of dirt, then take a clean damp cloth and wipe it. Use few drops of vegetable oil to polish them. You can use olive oil also. Now rinse the peal in water and wipe it with a clean cloth gently. Allow the pearl to dry in air.
Things to keep in mind
If you have some antique or older pieces, then they need special cleaning and extra care. Take advice from the jeweler before cleaning them in your house as the handling of jewelry while cleaning needs lots of care. Take special care of prongs, clasps before cleaning the jewelry at home.