Cleaning fine jewellery – the tips and tricks to help you bring them back to their best*
Fine jewellery requires careful handling when it comes to getting it back to looking its absolute best. There are some things that you can do to keep your jewellery in peak condition such as removing rings when doing work with your hands or even removing them when you go swimming.
However, when it comes to their sparkle and shine, there are different methods for different stones and so, the tips below will help you to keep your fine jewellery in tip top condition.
Gemstones require a thorough wipe with a soft, damp cloth after it is worn. Doing this will ensure that the stone continues to look good for years, however, it is also important that you store it correctly. A soft pouch for each piece will reduce the chances of scratches.
Your gemstone should not be exposed to chemicals or salt as this can cause erosion and sudden changes in temperature can lead to the gemstone fracturing.
Diamonds have the reputation of being one of the toughest materials known to man, yet they are still likely to chip if they are hit in the right spot. Diamonds are generally worn every day and so it is important to get them checked out regularly by a specialist who can inspect the diamond and the ring for damage. Cleaning at home using the following methods will also ensure that they continue to sparkle.
- Mixing detergent and some warm water, use an eyebrow brush to clean the diamond ring. Once finished place the ring in a sieve and rinse under cold water before drying it with a lint free cloth.
- Mix household ammonia and cold water to a ratio of 50:50 and place the ring in the solution for half an hour. Once removed, use a soft toothbrush around the mounting, give it one more wash in the solution before using tissue to remove any excess moisture.
- Commercial liquid jewellery cleaner will really make a difference. Follow the instructions carefully and you will have a ring that is exceptionally clean.
- An ultrasonic cleaner is costlier than the other options but it will bring your rings, as well as any other jewellery, to a real shine. High-frequency turbulence is used as your ring is placed in cleaning fluid to remove any dirt and grime.
Chlorines and bleach will damage your diamond so do all you can to keep them away from these chemicals.
Cultured pearls should be kept wrapped in tissue or stored in a chamois bag. Each year, a jeweller should restring them as they can stretch.
Hairspray and other cosmetics can stain your pearls so avoid contact and clean them with mild soap and water after use to remove any traces of chemicals. Remember that chemicals or abrasives should not be used to clean you pearls.
Karat gold can be cleaned with a chamois cloth as it will return your jewellery to a stunning shine. Any tarnish can be removed with a commercial cleaner which can also be mixed with water and a couple of drops of household ammonia. A soft toothbrush can be used to work the solution into the jewellery before rinsing with warm water.
Despite being a tough material, rings should be removed before applying any moisturisers and skincare products as well as before showering.
Karat silver can be cleaned using mild soap and water while trickier stains can be dealt with using a jewellery cleaner. Silver should be stored in a dry and cool place and stored in protective bags to prevent oxidisation and scratch marks.
Shining your silver should only be done with a polishing cloth, even tissue can cause abrasions as the tissue contains fibres. Chlorine water and other chemicals can really cause problems with the metal and so removing your jewellery before cleaning or swimming will ensure it continues to look its best. For more information or to browse a range of fine jewellery, please visit Jollys Jewellers.