You love how your fine jewelry glimmers and sparkles when the light hits it, but over time your jewelry can lose its luster. Dust, dirt, lotions, soap, powders, hair products and more products you use every day can gunk up your jewelry, which keeps it from sparkling like it should. Fortunately regular cleaning and maintenance can keep your jewelry looking like new.
There are several guidelines that apply to maintaining all types of jewelry. To keep your jewelry clean, putting on your jewelry should be the last step in your routine, after you’ve applied makeup, perfume and hair products. You should also always remove your jewelry before doing household chores, gardening, playing sports or any other activities that may expose it to dirt or damage. Keep jewelry stored in a jewelry box or other safe place and keep the pieces separated so that they don’t touch to prevent them from damaging each other.
In general, most fine jewelry can be cleaning in a solution of mild non-detergent soap and water. You can also wipe jewelry with a soft, damp cloth after wearing to remove any residues before storing them. You should never use any type of abrasive cleaners or toothpaste on any type of jewelry. Ultrasonic cleaners can be effective but should be used with caution as they are not appropriate for all stones.
Some types of jewelry have specific cleaning requirements. Using the right cleaning method will enhance your jewelry and prevent damage.
Diamonds – Diamonds are hard stones and can be used with several cleaning methods, including commercial jewelry cleaning solutions, a mix of ammonia and water, or a mild detergent. Dip the jewelry into the solution, and then use a soft brush to remove dirt and buildup from the setting.
Gemstones – The best cleaning option for gemstones varies on the type of gemstone and any enhancements or treatments that have been applied. All gemstones can be cleaned with a damp cloth. Mild non-detergent soap and water can be used with most gemstones, except amber, coral, emerald, jade, kunzite, lapis, opal, pearl, and turquoise. Do not use a brush as it can scratch many gemstones. For more specific cleaning recommendations, including whether or not an ultrasonic cleaner can be used, consult with the experts at the Diamond World.
Gold – Commercial jewelry cleaners or soap and water are both appropriate cleaners for gold jewelry. You can also use an ultrasonic cleaning machine for gold pieces that do not include gemstones. A soft-bristled toothbrush or other small brush can be used to dislodge dirt. Never use chlorine with gold jewelry and remove it before cleaning with bleach or going into a swimming pool or hot tub.
Pearls – Pearls can be wiped with a soft cloth or cleaned with non-detergent soap and water, but should not be exposed to any chemicals. Pearls should be stored in a chamois bag or wrapped in tissue.
Silver – Silver jewelry can be rinsed in warm water and patted dry. To remove tarnish and restore the shine, you can also use a silver-polishing cloth or silver-cleaning fluid or paste.
If you are unsure of the best method to use on a specific jewelry piece, give The Diamond World a call. One of our experts would be happy to advise you. The Diamond World recommends that you bring your jewelry in at least every six months for a professional cleaning and security check. We will check the prongs, clasps, and stones for damage or wear. We can also restring pearls or repair and clean watches.