As much as we all love dazzling jewels, their lustre can fade off over a period of time due to the regular usage, weather, humidity, dust, incorrect storage and other factors. Now that we have some extra time on our hands, it’s a good idea to use it to clean our precious ornaments. Below, we give you tips and hacks to clean your jewellery and help you make them look radiant and shiny again.
Things to keep in mind while cleaning your jewellery
Always make sure you use mild cleaning agents. Avoid cleaners with chemicals and bleach at all costs.
While rinsing your jewellery, make sure you don’t put it directly under a running tap. You don’t want to lose it in the sink in the process.
While brushing your jewellery to get rid of any dirt, make sure to be gentle. If you still can’t get rid of the dirt, take it to your jeweller later on.
Plain Gold Jewellery
The fastest way to clean your gold jewellery and ornaments is with a simple solution of soap and warm water. Make sure the soap you use is mild and does not contain any harmful chemicals. Take a bowl of this solution and place your gold jewellery in it for 20 minutes. In case you do have a gold jewellery cleaner from a jewellery professional, you can use that as well. Next, take it out of the solution and using a soft-bristled toothbrush, brush off the impurities and dirt that may be stuck in the tiny nooks. Place it on a towel to dry. Next, store it carefully with soft tissue in a jewellery box. Make sure you do not store all your jewellery altogether. This may cause friction which will lead to tiny scratches. To bring back the lustre, a little bit of white toothpaste goes a long way. You can use it with water and a soft toothbrush. Clean it with a soft cloth and leave it to dry.
While a simple soap water solution may work for gold, it will not be the best option for gemstone jewellery. Soaking gemstone jewellery in this solution for a long duration can lead to water seeping under the gemstone and in the setting, which will make it loose. Instead, you may just clean it with a cloth that is dipped into the solution and then brush off the dirt with a soft-bristled brush. Also, make sure the jewellery doesn’t have any loose gemstones. If you find any, keep it aside safely and get it professionally fixed later on.
To get rid of tarnish on your silver jewellery, all you need is a few simple supplies that you already have at home. You can use toothpaste along with a soft toothbrush and gently brush over the tarnish. A solution of lemon and salt with warm water works just as well too.
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