Proper Care and Cleaning Tips for Jewelry

Caring for jewelry requires thorough cleaning in order to make it always ready to wear. Your jewelry is something that you treasure that is why I highly recommend that you take extra care with the materials you use for polishing and with chemicals for cleaning. Recently we had to do some traveling to find the right ring, but with St George diamond rings helping us out and then teaching us how to clean the jewelry afterwards we were pretty happy.

Here are some tips that can help on proper caring for jewelry:

·   Do not use any material but one hundred percent cotton for your polishing cloth. Polyester, paper and other coarse fabrics may cause scratches on your jewelry, especially on your sterling silver pieces.

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·   I also highly recommend to always use fresh clothes and never to reuse the one you have previously used. The reason for this is because grit and dirt left on the used cloth will just scrape your jewelry piece if you try to use that again.

·   Always gently wipe off your jewelry piece after every use, your skin’s natural oil and excess make up may stick to the metal and will cause fading in the long run.

·   Avoid using abrasive cleaners or toothpaste to clean stones or metal on your jewelry. Though some people recommend toothpaste because it provides shine and luster to jewelry, I strongly recommend against it. Toothpaste has abrasive properties that can cause damage to metal surface, which will require a professional refinish in order to get it back into its original form.

·   For sterling silver jewelry piece use warm soapy water; use mild soap and not detergent. Soak the piece for 2 to 3 minutes and then rinse well with clean water. Let the piece to dry out completely prior to storage in an air-tight bag. This cleaning method will effectively remove dirt, grease and fingerprints from your sterling silver jewelry.

·   To keep your sterling silver or gold jewelry shiny and sparklingly beautiful, wrap it up in a piece of jewelry tissue paper before placing on a zip lock bag.

·   Soaking cleaning method maybe good for some jewelry pieces but this is not the way to clean pieces that comes with stones like turquoise, and amber. For such pieces, you still need warm soapy water formulation, but instead of soaking the piece, you just use a soft bristled brush for cleaning, that way, the stones are not soaked for too long. Always wipe clean with soft cotton cloth, dry out before storage.

·   Always take your jewelry off when swimming in a chlorinated pool. The chlorine in the water will cause fading of the metals.

·   Avoid exposing your jewelry to excessive heat and lights.

What you shouldn’t use when cleaning your jewelry:

There are materials and chemical that you should never use for cleaning of your jewelry pieces and they are the following:

·   Polyester fabric

·   Regular tissue paper

·   Toothpaste

·   Chlorine bleach

·   Denatured alcohol

·   Ammonia

·   Turpentine

·   Acetone

·   Petroleum based products (not good for Ambers)

Do not let the shine go out of you precious jewelry. You should make it a point to check them out once in while. Your jewelry can serve you for a very long time and it can be passed on from one generation to the next. All you need to do now is to know the proper way in caring for jewelry. Make certain if you’re going to be traveling to take the necessary supplies so that you’ll be able to properly care for your jewelry.