How Do I Clean My Jewelry Properly?
When it comes to cleaning jewelry at home, many people end up doing more harm than good, which is especially true if the jewelry pieces have softer or porous precious gemstones set in it. Don’t give up hope yet, there are safe options!
In this article, we will look at professional jewelry cleaning methods and several home measures to clean your jewelry so long as if they aren’t worn out or in need repair. It is important to follow the directions correctly to get the desired results.
Home Cleaning Measures
- Baking Soda can be used for gold and silver as well as most hard gemstones. For silver, make a paste of ¼ cup of baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. A soft toothbrush can be used for application, and gentle scrubbing will do its magic. For gold, cover the jewelry with a thin coat of baking soda and sprinkle vinegar on it.
- Club Soda fans will be delighted to know your club soda can help clear away dirt and grime from dulling gems like diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds using its carbonation. Just soak them in it overnight.
- A ½ cup of white vinegar along with 2 tablespoons of baking soda will clean your silverware and jewelry spick and span. You must soak silver in the mixture for at least 3 hours for it to do its magic.
- Alcohol baths are helpful for crystalline gemstones including diamonds. You can either dunk your gemstone or jewelry in a glass of Rubbing or Denatured Alcohol for few minutes, or you can soak a cloth in it to wipe the surface of your jewelry.
- Windex can be used to lightly clean or remove jewelry that contains crystal gemstones. Don’t use it on opaque stones and pearls. You can use a soft brush to scrub the surface gently and then rinse with water.
Professional Jewelry Cleaning Methods
- Sunshine jewelry polishing clothes are pretreated with a non-toxic, non-caustic, biodegradable solution that is perfect for gently rubbing away surface oxidation, tarnishing, and dirt/grease from silver and a variety of gold.
- Bauble Bath jewelry seltzer solution is mixed with hot water to create a foam/fizz for cleaning gold, silver, diamonds, stainless steel, and platinum through a fizzing reaction that pulls dirt, grime, and grease from the jewelry. This method should not be used with emeralds, pearls, opals, coral, jade, lapis, kunzite, titanium, costume, and soft/porous gemstones.
- Ultrasonic Machine that heats and electrically vibrates a multi-purpose cleaning solution (environmentally safe, biodegradable, prevents rust/corrosion, no phosphates, and no acids) with water that is safe for all jewelry and gemstones, watch cases, gold, platinum, silver, diamonds, precious gemstones, and semi-precious gemstones.
- Controlled Pressure Steam Cleaning Machine can vary temperature and pressure in order to blast away dirt, grime, grease, and polishing compounds. This method is safe for all metals and non-porous/ non-treated
- Polishing and Buffing Machine with variable speed and assorted soft and hard wheel attachments. Using different polishing compounds on the assortment of wheels available allows jewelers to clean and polish fine jewelry as well as remove deep scratches and blemishes from a variety of metals. This method requires training and safety precautions before use.
- High Powered Laser Workstations allow jewelers to polish platinum, silver, and gold in small and nearly impossible to reach locations. These incredibly precise machines also enable repairing porosity, cracks, and breaks while smoothing out those areas with a high polish shine.
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