5 Jewelry Cleaning Tips: How To Keep Your Jewelry Shining!
Jewelry is a special kind of wearable art. It's important to take good care so you can enjoy your pieces for many years!
Other things we wear, like clothing and fabric accessories, are more straightforward to clean. Jewelry made from metals, gemstones, and threads can be trickier to figure out, which is why we’ve made this helpful guide for you. Learn how to keep your jewelry shining with our cleaning tips below!
1. Soap & Water
This is the safest and simplest option for cleaning jewelry. It doesn’t require special tools or ingredients, which is why it’s also the most popular. Here’s how to do it.
Create a mixture of warm water and a few drops of mild soap. You can use dishwashing liquid or baby shampoo. Avoid soaps with harsh chemicals or bleaches that might damage the jewelry.
Next, soak your pieces in the solution for about 1 minute. After the soak, you can get into the crevices and corners of your jewelry with a soft bristle brush (a gentle toothbrush is fine) or a cloth. Dry your pieces thoroughly, and you’ll be good to go!
2. Baking Soda
The chemicals in baking soda will work hard for you if you don’t feel like scrubbing.
This easy solution will quickly remove buildup while you relax. Simply add your jewelry into a small water bowl, and then add a small amount of baking soda. The mixture should begin to fizz up and start cleaning. Remove your piece after a few minutes and wipe it with a clean cloth. Make sure the jewelry is completely dry before storing or wearing it.
You can also create a paste by mixing a ¼ cup of baking soda with two tablespoons of water. Use a clean sponge or cotton ball to apply the paste to your jewelry. Rub it across the surface, and rinse with warm water.Dry thoroughly. This powerful cleaning method is best suited for harder metals such as solid gold or sterling silver pieces. Avoid it with plated or filled pieces and softer gemstones like pearls and turquoise.
3. White Vinegar
Vinegar truly is an all-purpose cleaner.
Make your jewelry sparkle by mixing a 1/2 cup of white vinegar with two tablespoons of baking soda.
Leave the jewelry to soak for 2-3 hours, rinse, and dry thoroughly.
This method works best for pure gold or silver jewelry.
4. How to Clean Gold Plated Jewelry
Gold plating is a slim layer of gold attached to a base metal. It’s an excellent choice for those seeking an accessible slice of luxury since it’s the most affordable type of gold jewelry.
The downside to gold-plated jewelry is that the color can wear off because the layer of gold is thin. Keep your gold-plated jewelry beautiful for longer by regularly cleaning it with dishwashing liquid, water, and a cotton ball or microfiber cloth.
Jewelers recommended wiping down gold-plated jewelry with a damp cotton ball or a microfiber cloth after each wear to remove any dirt or smudges accumulated on the surface.
You can also do a more thorough cleaning by soaking your piece for about 5 to 10 minutes in a small bowl filled with warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid. If the piece has embellishments like gemstones, avoid the soak and wipe your jewelry with a cotton ball soaked with the cleaning solution. You may use a cotton swab to clean hard-to-reach crevices and corners for angular pieces.
After the the initial clean give your jewelry a quick rinse and dry it thoroughly before storing or wearing it. To prolong the life of your gold-plated avoid exposure to lotions, perfumes, chemicals, acids, and alcohol while wearing the jewelry.
You can use this method to clean our Filigree Bracelets
How to Clean Pearls
Pearls are unique gemstones that require special care. Their outer layer, or nacre, is delicate. It’s also the key to the pearl’s dreamy luster. Make sure yours stays intact with regular cleaning and polishing. You can keep your pearls fresh in between wears by wiping them down with a soft cloth, but they should also receive regular, thorough cleans.
You can use a solution of warm water and mild soap with pearls, but you should apply it with a clean cloth rather than soaked. Rinse off any residue by wiping down the pearl jewelry again with another damp cloth, this time only dampened with fresh water. Finally, let the pearls air dry by gently placing them on a dry towel or cloth.
How Often Should You Clean Your Jewelry?
Now that you know the best ways to clean jewelry, you’re probably wondering how often you’ll need to do it.
There’s no set answer. It will vary piece by piece, depending on how often you wear the jewelry. If it’s a special piece that you only wear a few times a year, once a year is perfectly fine. If it’s an everyday piece, you’ll probably want to give it a weekly clean. Use your judgment to determine how often you’ll need to clean your jewelry.
Cleaning is an easy way to keep your jewelry looking amazing for longer. Make it a regular part of your cleaning routine and your jewelry will thank you!