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Ahhh jewelry, there’s nothing quite like it–is there? There’s definitely a reason women love their jewelry collection. When we wear our jewelry, it does get a little dirty which is why it’s so important to make sure that you’re in the habit of cleaning your jewelry on a consistent basis. As much as it may seem like cleaning your jewelry is something that’s complicated and time consuming it really doesn’t have to be that way. We’re sharing your easy to follow jewelry cleaning cheat sheet to show you just how easy it can be to keep your jewels looking like new.
One of the important factors to consider when cleaning your jewelry is to know and really understand that different materials require different cleaning techniques. If you have gold jewelry that needs some cleaning, experts suggest that the best DIY way to clean those pieces is to soak them in a mixture of warm water with a couple drops of dishwashing liquid. Leave the pieces in that combination for 10-15 minutes and after they’ve soaked simply use a toothbrush (with soft bristles) to really loosen up any of the dirt and grim in the small areas of the jewelry. After you finish with the toothbrush, rinse the pieces with warm water again and pat dry.
Silver jewelry has different cleaning needs than your gold pieces do, so when cleaning silver jewelry it’s suggested to just allow the pieces be rinsed and soaked a bit in warm water. Always pat dry. However, if you notice that your silver pieces have some tarnishing on them that’s not coming off with rinsing with warm water it’s suggested to use a combination of (white) vinegar, baking soda and warm water–allow them to soak for a bit of time and rinse with warm water after. Unlike your gold pieces, you won’t want to utilize a toothbrush to get any of the hard to reach areas since silver tends to be a metal that scratches much more easily than your gold pieces will. Using a soft cloth is going to be your best bet instead of the toothbrush.
Have diamonds that need cleaning? Of course, these require different cleaning techniques than gold and silver. Experts suggest that allowing diamonds to soak in warm water with a mixture of ammonia and gently using a toothbrush to get into hard to reach areas is the best bet. Much like the other materials, you will want to rinse with warm water after you soak and use the toothbrush.
While these are great DIY cleaning tips to do at home, it is important to make sure that you’re maintaining the upkeep up your jewelry. Make it a habit of taking your jewelry items off when washing your hands or doing different activities that could cause damage to them. Additionally, it’s suggested to take jewelry into the experts to have them checked and given a deep clean at least once a year.