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Cleaning Your Jewelry

Most people are guilty of wearing their fine jewelry in the shower, to the gym, while cleaning the house, preparing dinner or washing dishes. Eventually, those kinds of activities while wearing your jewelry, as well as the residue from soaps, cleaning solutions, sweat, and dirt, not only dim the shine of your jewelry but they can also damage the metal and gemstones.

General Jewelry Cleaning Tips

Be mindful to always store your jewelry in a clean, dry place. Especially when you store it, keep it in a fabric lined jewelry box, preferably away from other jewelry so as not to scratch the other pieces. It’s important that in between home cleanings, that you see your jeweler at least once a year to have your jewelry checked for loose prongs, worn mountings, and general wear and tear. You should also visit your jeweler every six months to have your jewelry professionally cleaned.

Diamonds

Diamonds are some of the most commonly worn fine jewelry. Especially diamond engagement rings. These fine jewelry pieces experience daily wear as they are often worn up to 24 hours a day. They are exposed to plenty of chemicals, oils, sweats, and dust. Diamonds are durable, but they still require proper care and maintenance.
For an easy cleaning method, we recommend mixing cleaners, such as, ammonia or mild dish detergent with water. A general rule of thumb to mixing these cleaners, is a quarter cup of cleaning solution to one cup of warm water. Let the jewelry soak in this mixture for 20-30 minutes. It’s a good idea to then gently brush the jewelry with a soft toothbrush. This will essentially break off any dirt in the setting and removes any coating of oil or dust on the diamond. Once you are satisfied, you should dry your diamond, rather than let it air dry as hard water spots leave ugly marks on a diamond as well as its setting.

Clean diamonds glow because the maximum amount of light can enter the stone and return in a fiery brilliance. It just takes a little care to keep them that way.

Colored Gemstones

Since gemstones originate from a wide variety of raw materials, there is not one tried and true method to treat each of them. Many natural gemstones are treated or enhanced from the time they are extracted from the earth by one or more traditionally accepted jewelry industry practices. These treatments and enhancements can affect how you should clean and care for your colored gemstone jewelry. After wearing, wipe your gemstone thoroughly with a clean, soft, damp cloth. This will enhance the gemstones shine and ensure it is clean before you place it back in your jewelry box.

Do not expose your precious gemstone pieces to salt water or harsh chemicals, such as chlorine or detergents. These chemicals may slowly erode the finish and polish of gemstones. Be extra careful with ultrasonic cleaners. Some gemstones are fragile and can be damaged by ultrasonic cleaners. Consult your jeweler for the best cleaning procedure for your particular gemstone jewelry. Your jeweler is also a good source for any information on colored gemstones.

Karat Gold Jewelry

Karat gold jewelry pieces make up the majority of many fine jewelry collections. Gold comes in many different styles and colors, but the care and cleaning procedure remains the same. Like always, it’s best to remove all gold jewelry before showering or cleaning. The soap involved in both activities can form a film over the jewelry, ultimately making it appear dull or dingy.

For cleaning, you’ll find many commercial cleaners available to you. You’ll also need a soft cloth to keep your jewelry lustrous and shining. Your jeweler should have a couple recommendations for you.

Especially for gold jewelry, be careful and chlorine. Chlorine can permanently damage and discolor your jewelry. You can remove tarnish with a jewelry cleaner of by using soap and water mixed with a few drops of ammonia. While cleaning you should carefully brush the piece with a soft bristle brush. After brushing, just rinse the jewelry with lukewarm water and allow to dry.

Platinum

Did you know platinum is one of the rarest and most durable precious metals? It is resistant to tarnishing and discoloration from chlorine and other harsh chemicals. Because of this, platinum has become increasingly popular, either on its own or as a setting for diamonds and other gemstones. However, as it may be durable, it still needs proper care and cleaning.
Your jeweler can recommend a prepackaged jewelry cleaner that works with platinum or ask your jeweler to professionally clean your platinum piece. A professional cleaning, every six months will keep your platinum jewelry in great shape. If scratches start to appear over time, your jeweler should be able to re-polish the piece.

Sterling Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver is consistently one of the most popular metals to accompany any fine jewelry piece. And sterling silver like any fine jewelry piece can tarnish with time. However, if you treat your silver well, and give it proper care, it will reward you with a long, shiny and lustrous look.

Clean your silver jewelry with a mild soap and water solution, then pat dry with a soft cloth. If it’s been a while since the last cleaning, use a jewelry cleaner designed for silver. It’s best not to rub your silver with anything other than a wash cloth due to the fibers that can sometimes cause scratches in other types of cloths.

Tungsten Carbide Jewelry

One of the best features of tungsten is its strength and its resistance to dulling and scratching. While tungsten rings are very strong, avoid storing them with diamonds, as diamonds are the only thing that can scratch these pieces. Although, tungsten is almost maintenance free, it should be cleaned every couple of months or so.
To clean, use a solution of warm water, mild soap and a soft cloth. You should avoid chlorine and other harsh chemicals, and be mindful to only keep tungsten in an ultrasonic machine for no longer than a minute.

Wearing fine jewelry made with diamonds, gem stones, silver, gold and platinum is a fun, rewarding experience. To maintain the jewelry’s shine and overall good look, the wearer must regularly clean the piece. Cleaning regimens vary by material. Suggestions that work for one material do not always work for another. If a piece of jewelry features two or more materials with different cleaning requirements, the wearer has to be careful to only use methods recommended for the weaker material. In some cases, simple household cleaners can affect the same type of cleaning that commercial polishes accomplish.