Properly caring for your jewelry is important to its longevity and good looks. Just like anything else, the effects of time can make their imprint if no steps are taken to prevent it. Jewelry is designed to last a lifetime, but you need to help to keep jewelry clean, vibrant, and shining.
- Store jewelry in a clean dry place.
- Store jewelry in a dedicated box with compartments and lined with fabric.
- Separate out the jewelry so it is not jumbled together or rubbing together.
- Go see a jeweler once a year to have your jewelry cleaned and inspected for signs of wear and potential problems, such as loose prongs or worn mountings.
- Insure your jewelry.
- Don’t put in a place that is potentially hazardous like at the edge of the sink when washing your hands.
- Wash with very mild soap and super soft toothbrush to remove any dirt or grime.
Diamonds are extremely hard and durable, but you can potentially chip a diamond if it is struck at the right angle. For any physical work activity, store the diamond in a safe place. Diamonds can be damaged by chlorine bleach. Chlorine bleach can discolor the mounting. So, remove the diamond before doing any cleaning activity.
You should periodically clean you diamond jewelry to remove general everyday film and grime that eventually ends up on the diamond jewelry, like skin oils, perfumes, lotions, and any smudgy grimy stuff. Clean on a regular basis with a commercial cleaner or mild detergent or dish soap. Make sure the cleaning solution is mild. Strong chemicals should not be used for cleaning jewelry.
Colored gemstones can be kept full of luster and beauty for many years with regular cleaning. Use the same process for cleaning colored gemstones that you do for diamonds. Emeralds, rubies, and sapphires can be cleaned with a soft toothbrush, warm water and a mild soap. Make sure to get the underside of the colored gemstone so that it will not lose any of its sparkle. Also, follow the common sense rules above and take off the gemstones during activity where it may become grimy or take a hard knock.
To keep your gold looking good, use a mild soap, soft brush like a toothbrush and a mild soap to clean the gold on a regular basis. Do not let the gold come into contact with harsh chemicals like chlorine bleach. When cleaning your jewelry you want to be gentle and use mild cleaning agents. Your jewelry likes the soft touch.
Platinum is cleaned in the same way as other metals. A simple soap cleaning and thorough drying is sufficient to keep platinum in fine condition. Use the same precautions that we mentioned about hard work and washing dishes and you will be fine. Your platinum jewelry will last for generations.
Silver, like the other items in our jewelry collection, will do well with a mild cleaning with soap in warm water. Additionally, you will want to keep your silver in a soft pouch or cloth lined box. Silver is prone to tarnish because it reacts with sulfur-containing elements in the air. A regular cleaning will avoid tarnishing, but if you notice it on your silver, you should use a silver cleaning product specifically designed to remove tarnish.
Pearls are beautiful natural soft and delicate. Pearls should be cared for with a little more attention than other jewels because they are finer and more prone to damage. Perfume, cosmetics, and lotions should be kept away from the pearls. Take them off first after a night out and clean them first with a soft cloth. Enjoy your pearl and understand that they are special and require your attention. Pearls can last for many generations, just like all high-quality jewelry. Taking care on a regular basis means that they will be beautiful for many years to come.
Using Ultrasonic Cleaners
Ultrasonic jewelry cleaners work by sending ultrasonic waves through a fluid. The vibrations from the ultrasonic waves clean the jewelry. Most work with water, and you can add a little dish soap and warm water to enhance the cleaning effect. However, you may want to be careful if you use one of these systems at home. Some gems may have an adverse effects if they have been enhanced or improved by filling fractures with a clear filler. It is possible, though unlikely, to dislodge the filler by ultrasonic cleaning.
Ultrasonic cleaners are often used by professional jewelers. Most jewelry owners use the more standard washing methods. However, you may want to get one if you have a large collection or as a novelty. Prices start in the twenty dollar range on Amazon.
Keeping your jewelry clean is a great way to ensure that your jewelry retains its beauty and vibrancy for many generations. Take time each month to go through your jewelry collection and clean each piece thoroughly. You jewelry will repay you by getting its stunning beauty through the years.