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Saturday, August 12th, 2017
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Submitted by: Joe Habbit

Which methods are the best and worst for cleaning your fine jewelry at home? Searching for the safest home remedy can be grueling. Recommendations range from alcohol all the way to soap and water. Which is the best choice? There are several guidelines that you should be aware of prior to using any cleansing method at home. The following tips from jewelry experts will assist you with the care for all your fine jewelry and precious stones.

Cleaning Methods:

Know Your Cleaning Methods:

1) Using toothpaste on your fine metals and gemstones can be extremely damaging. Remember, gold is a soft metal and can be scratched. This method is basically an old wives tale and should never be used on fine goods. There are better and gentler ways than this method.

2) Baking soda and water can be used to remove tarnish from your sterling silver jewelry. Combine the baking soda with a small amount of water until it forms a paste and use it to remove the tarnish. However, polishing cloths may also be used for the same purpose. The easiest method is to use a dip, which can be purchased at any jewelry counter for about $5. It takes only a few seconds and your sterling pieces come out sparking with no rubbing required.

3) Vinegar, Windex, alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide are common but not the best choices. A homemade mixture of warm water, Mr. Clean, and a small amount of ammonia is equivalent to a professional jewelry cleaning solution. These items can be purchased at your local drug store.

Steps For Cleaning Jewelry at Home:

Having a professional clean your jewelry is always the best method, especially those of sentimental value. On the other hand, if your jewelry isnt too tarnished, you can achieve success at home by following these steps.

1) Polishing cloths can be bought from any jewelry store or at the jewelry counter inside a department store. For best results, first polish the ring by simply rubbing the metal with polishing cloth. There is chemical on the cloth that removed light scratches and tarnish causing a renewed finish. It is common for the polishing cloth to turn black due to a chemical reaction with the metal. Even after the cloth becomes completely black, you can still continue to use it.

2) It is important for you to check whether your stones are securely set in all of your jewelry pieces. Wiggle each stone very delicately with your fingers. This should be done before cleaning your jewelry to make sure none of the stones will fall out and get lost.

3) Soak your jewelry in either a purchased jewelry cleaning solution or a homemade recipe mixture of water, Mr. Clean, and ammonia. First, mix equal parts of Mr. Clean and warm water in a small bowl and then add in a small amount of ammonia. This mixture is safe for stones as delicate as pearls, emeralds, and opals. Soak your fine jewelry for approximately 15 minutes. However, if you want the best results, you can use an ultrasonic machine instead of a small bowl. An ultrasonic can be found either at a jewelry store or online.

4) Softly scrub your pieces with a tooth brush when removing from the solution will provide the best results. Be cautious not to knock out any loose stones. Cleaning your ring over a cloth in case a stone should fall out will protect you from losing any stones permanently.

5) Rinse in cold water.

6) Dry with a soft towel. You can also use compressed air or steam.

General Cleaning Tips:

1) Avoid any contact with chlorine or bleach. These chemicals are harmful to all precious metals, even platinum, and can cause your jewelry to crack. Always remember to remove your jewelry prior to swimming in a pool or applying any hair color treatment.

2) Jewelry tends to tarnish in a humid climate, so if you live in a humid environment, be prepared to polish and clean your jewelry more often.

3) The best and safest method to have your jewelry cleaned is to go to a professional. Most jewelry stores will clean your jewelry for free in an ultrasonic machine, which uses small sonic vibrations to loosen dirt. If your stones are loose, sometimes an ultrasonic may cause the stones to fall out of their settings. The jeweler can reset your stones for a small fee, which is less expensive than having the stones completely replaced. Remember that its better for your stones to fall out in a contained setting rather than being lost.

4) Opals are very delicate and may begin to crack over time. If cracks appear, try soaking the opal jewelry in baby oil for a couple of days. Sometimes this will make the cracks disappear.

5) Never clean your jewelry in a sink where it can fall down the drain.

6) If you have soot from a fire on your jewelry, try polishing and cleaning it yourself. If any soot remains under the stones, a professional jeweler will have to remove, clean, and reset your stones.

About the Author: Joe Habbit is an article contributor for a Fine Jewelry website that sells

Mens Wedding Bands

and

Fine Jewelry blog

where the latest jewelry related fashion information is posted.

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