Cleaning jewelry at home, on the cheap, is something that very few people ever consider doing. If you routinely wear a particular piece of jewelry, you may find that it is losing its shine, or becoming dull or bland to look at. Read on for tips on cleaning your jewelry at home.
Cleaning gold, gemstones, and platinum
1) Purpose made cleaning solutions are available from most jewelry stores. These cleaners are non-abrasive and will not damage your jewelry. Alternatively, you can use a mixture of dish soap and water.
2) Dip your jewelry into the cleaner. Use a bowl large enough to completely submerge the jewelry, but not so large that you use too much solution (which is fine if you are just using dish soap).
3) Using a faucet, run the jewelry under warm water, ensuring all of the cleaning solution is washed off. Now dry using a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth.
1) Use non-abrasive silver polish (available from most jewelry stores). Apply the polish with a soft cloth.
2) Using a lint-free, non-abrasive cloth that is soft, wipe away the polish, ensuring no polish is left behind.
You can completely avoid cleaning silver jewelry if you wear it frequently enough. The same can not be said for gold, platinum or gemstone, however. Those three materials require more maintenance to keep them looking as fresh and beautiful as they day you got them.
When cleaning your jewelry, never let any cleaning solvent remain behind, and always ensure that everything is completely dry before putting away the cloth. Moisture left on certain materials can cause wear or blemishes.