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How to Clean Your Gold Jewelry at Home

Did you ever wonder what happened to all that luster and shine you had on that new fabulous piece of jewelry and ask yourself, “How did it get so dull?" or "How can I get that sparkle back?” With exposure to everyday elements, your jewelry can lose its luster. Cleaning your jewelry is not difficult and, in most cases, does not require professional cleaning or any other special products than what you have in your own home. Precious metals, gemstones and organic stones all need different types of care. These cleaning tips will help you protect your jewelry and keep it sparkling for years to come.
GOLD
This soft metal needs no more than mild soap, water, and a soft toothbrush. Soak the gold jewelry in this solution for about twenty minutes, then stab it with a toothbrush mostly under the stones. Finally, use a soft cloth to wipe it clean. Gold, like silver, does not react well to chlorine, so you should never wear it in a swimming pool. Like most other jewelry, you should not wear it in the shower; the soap will make it look dull. If you wear a gold chain to bed you will risk kinks or other damage. Prevent kinks by hanging your chains on a hook in a jewelry box or on a rack in a safe spot.
SILVER
Even professionals disagree on the best way to clean silver jewelry. Most agree that toothpaste is too abrasive, and tissues or paper towels can also scratch the surface. Also controversial is the use of commercially produced silver dip. If you leave silver jewelry in the dip for too long, it can cause irreparable pitting.
A silver dip purchased from the store is not necessary. Make your own with products you already have in your cupboards: baking soda and aluminum. The aluminum can be a disposable pie plate, or aluminum foil placed in a pan. Put your silver jewelry in the pan, then sprinkle a tablespoon of baking soda over the jewelry. Pour two to three cups boiling water into the pan. The baking soda will bubble, and the combination of chemicals will lift away the grime in just a few minutes. For deep tarnish, a stronger cleaning dip can be made with the addition of a tablespoon each of salt and phosphate-free dish soap. After your pieces look sufficiently bright, rinse with plain water, then rub them dry with a soft cloth, such as a section of an old t-shirt. Wearing your silver jewelry frequently is one of the best ways to prevent tarnish, since your own skin will naturally buff the surface. Polish your jewelry before putting it away with a soft cloth to remove any oily residue. If you do not wear your silver jewelry frequently, store it in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag. Put a piece of chalk, or a strip of activated charcoal paper, in the container to absorb any humidity.
DIAMONDS
A simple mixture of ammonia and water (1:4 ratio) will effectively clean your diamonds. After soaking for a few minutes, take a soft baby’s toothbrush to scrub the hard-to-reach places where dirt has built up under the diamond. Drop in on Jewels on 5th or your jeweler two or three times a year and ask them to check the settings. Most jewelers will perform this service at no charge.
So, you will not need to clean your jewelry as often if you protect it. Always remove your jewelry for projects or chores in which it will become dirty, like weeding the garden, painting, or lifting weights, and wait to put on your jewelry until after you have applied makeup, hairspray, and perfume. If you follow these tips, then you can maintain your jewelry for your lifetime and plan to leave it as a well-cared-for heirloom to the generations after you.
If you have any questions on how to take care of your jewelry
or any other jewelry questions please call Julie or Emmanuel 619-269-5853.
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