You might obviously know about the old school methods of cleaning your jewelry, like using toothpaste to make diamonds sparkle, beer to bring a shine on your gold and ketchup to polish silver- but don’t try this method on your own jewelry. Get your valuable jewelry sparkling and shining better than ever by using these simple cleaning tips.
1. Gold and Diamonds:
Lotion, soaps and everyday dirt can clog the prongs, making stones appear facet-less and flat. Have you ever looked under your ring? Even gold chains and pendant get gunked up through every day wear. Cleanse your gold in a bubble bath by pouring a few drops of mild dish soap into a small bowl of sodium-free seltzer water or club soda. Put the jewelry into a small strainer, and place it in the bowl to soak for about five minutes. Swish it around, fishing out each piece to go over settings and crevices with a soft toothbrush. Put the items back to the strainer and rinse under running water; dry them with a soft cloth. For costume jewelry, especially if stones are glued rather than set, dab a cloth into the bubbly solution and gently wipe any smudges or grime, then "rinse" them with a dampened cloth in plain water. Pat dry and keep the pieces upside down so moisture won't soak into the setting.
2. Shine your Silver:
Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water and dip in a soft cloth. Rub the jewelry, then rinse in cool water and buff with a cloth until dry. Mix a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water, in case there is a heavy tarnish on your jewelry. Wet the silver and apply the cleaner with a soft, lint-free cloth. Work the paste into the crevices, turning the cloth as it gets gray. Don't soak silver; this speeds up tarnishing rather than removing it.
Pearls are very porous and they can easily loose their luster. Real, cultured or faux, they must be cleaned with care. First lay the strand on a soft cloth. Dip a clean, small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and a little shampoo, and go over each pearl. To finish, rinse the pearls with a clean, well-wrung damp cloth. Let the strand dry flat to prevent the string from stretching.