Who does not love to adore oneself with jewellery?? Everyone, but are we taking proper care of jewellery which keeps its ever shining?? If not, then please do take care and keep jewellery clean as jewellery is not only to beautify oneself but have always been the long time asset.
Jewellery catches germs and dirt on a very quick note and there can be many reasons behind it like: The sweat of our body, the body lotion, perfumes, body oil, or everyday dirt or dust. It can be anything which takes away the real shine of your jewellery back. Let us know some good tips to keep our jewellery clean and sparkling forever.
Make sure that before you opt for cleaning process all the details of jewellery are carefully examined like settings, clasps and prongs that they are secured. If not, then in spite of going for cleaning, take the item to the jeweler.
There are many ways by which you can clean your accessories, even the solutions available in the market do excellent job. So, decision is completely yours, if you want to go for home made tricks or the market ones. Now let’s enter to the cleaning world:
Cleaning of Gold jewellery
Gold shimmers with its complete light and if it gets dull it misses it original glow. Though there are many products which ensures the cleaning of gold but then no need of running to the market for such small purpose as the solution can be easily made at the home itself. What you all need is mild detergent and a soft cloth. Mix the pinch of mild detergent in warm water in a bowl and put the gold jewellery that you want to clean in that bowl for few minutes. Then scrub the jewellery with light hands using a soft toothbrush for cleaning. Then take out the jewellery from the solution and rinse it and dry thoroughly with a soft polishing cloth. Surprised!!
Cleaning of Diamond jewellery
Diamonds are said to be the best friends and as the rule says friends should always be near to your heart and if you want them for lifetime, they should be taken utmost care. So, regular cleaning keeps diamonds happy and healthy as well. One soapy solution for cleaning diamond jewellery is the exactly same as cleaning of Gold. Another solution you can use it is Ammonia solution. You need to take a small bowl and mix a solution of 6 parts water to 1 part ammonia. Then dip the item into the solution that you want to clean. Gently brush the item through soft tooth brush so that dirt can be removed. Make sure that the backs of stones and their mountings, areas that tend to collect dirt and oils are given special attention. One done with it, rinse in warm running water and pat dry with a soft lint-free cloth.
Cleaning of Silver jewellery
Both silver and gold jewellery can be taken same care but one good way to clean silver jewellery is that you should make sure that you clean the silver with a nonabrasive silver polish. Then with the help of a soft cloth apply the polish gently working it into stains. Remove the excess polish and furbish the jewelry with a soft, lint-free cloth till the time it turns sparky. Do you know that frequently wearing silver jewelry can keep it from becoming tarnished??
Cleaning of light and sensitive gemstones
Light and sensitive stones should be taken very special care as many stones will bleach in strong light if left exposed for long periods of time. It results in loosing their bright color making them somber and unattractive. The stones which are vulnerable to sunlight include Amethyst, Ametrine, Aquamarine, Aventurine, Beryl, Celestite, Chrysoprase, Citrine, Hiddenite, Kunzite, Rose and Smoky Quartz, Fluorite and Topaz. Moreover, you can also clean beads jewellery as no beads would get damaged by any of these cleaning methods.
Some useful tips & alerts
Make sure the water is warm but not boiling as it might spoil the jewellery. Pearls and porous stones, such as emeralds, rubies, lapis lazuli, coral and turquoise should not e cleaned by jewellery cleaner. Just use soft cloth to clean them or get it cleaned professionally.
Avoid putting perfumes, deos, and cosmetics after wearing jewellery as it can stain gemstones. Always go to jeweler for jewellery check in case of loose prongs, worn mountings and general wear and tear.
For the safety, jewellery should be kept in fabric lined case or should be wrapped in soft tissue paper. Moreover, jewellery should always be kept away from chlorine and harsh chemicals, which can wear away the finish and polish of gems.
While brushing the jewellery for cleaning, don’t brush it hard as jewellery might have scratches and there might be no harm to tough stone like diamond but the material in which they are might get spoiled.
One of the most important tip for the safety is you always need to remember that while storing your jewelry diamonds can easily scratch other jewelry, including other diamonds. So, ensure protection by wrapping each piece of jewellery in cloth.
Avoid usage of chemical cleaners especially for the stones that are vulnerable like: Amber, Aquamarine, Coral, Emerald, Jade, Lapis, Malachite, Opal, Pearls, Shell and Turquoise. If in doubt, simply don’t put in any chemicals. As many will discolor or some might eventually break apart.
Last but not the least, few pieces of jewellery should not be cleaned in any way like Victorian jewellery, jewelry with delicate materials or foil-backed stones & Hair jewellery else it might loose the natural look forever and then nothing can bring it back ever.
Well, hope all this helps you in taking proper care of your jewellery and make it everlasting bright and beaming forever. Just as we should not how to make purchase of jewellery, we should also know how to handle them. This piece was a guide through the small steps that you can take to make your looking and lifestyle a better one. It is important for you to always cherish the accessories that you have desired and paid for. So, keep glowing with scintillating jewellery ever after!