I love wearing jewelry, but I’ve been apprehensive to clean it myself for fear of messing up my favorite rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Since much of the jewelry we wear has monetary or sentimental value, it’s worth a little time and effort to maintain its sparkle. Air pollutants, dust, perspiration, perfumes and hairspray can all dull the appearance of your baubles & bangles, but a regular cleaning to remove dirt & buildup will keep it looking its’ best!
Here are some handy tips and tricks for keeping your jewelry in great shape and looking mah-velous!
- Your jewelry doesn’t like being exposed to fragrances and lotions. So apply your perfumes, creams and hairspray first; and allow it dry on your skin. Once dry, then you can put your jewelry on without it getting covered in gunk and hairspray buildup.
- Before you get to work cleaning with any chemicals, gardening, or mowing the lawn; be sure to take off your rings and jewelry and leave them in a safe place. Some cleaners can actually damage stones or strip metal – it’s better to be safe than sorry!
- When traveling with jewelry, put it in a special box or try this simple method for keeping necklaces tangle-free! Just run the chain inside of two straws, and pack it somewhere safe! You might also want to consider using anti-tarnish bags, like this!
When it comes to cleaning your jewelry, always use a very soft rag! Wipe down rings often, and follow this method for a deeper clean:
- Start with just a bit of warm water and a drop or two of a non-detergent soap, like castile soap. The castile soap is gentle enough not to damage your jewelry, but it will remove oils and loosen buildup.
- Let the jewelry soak for 5-10 minutes.
- Now take a baby toothbrush, and gently scrub under and around any stone settings, or any spot where dirt might be collecting.
- Dry your jewelry with a soft cloth, and it will look good as new!
This method is safe for gold, silver, platinum, diamond, sapphires and even rubies! You can do this every week, if necessary, but once a month is just fine for most jewelry.
The method for cleaning pearls is similar, but you want to be a little more careful! Use your soft cloth, then soak the pearls for a few minutes in warm water with a drop of castile soap, and them lay them on a clean towel to dry. While drying, be sure not to hang or wear your pearls, because this could stretch the silk or string. No need to use a baby toothbrush on pearls, the castile soap will do all the cleaning!
What’s your favorite piece of jewelry?