Whether it comes to your jewelry – either fine or costume –
there’s nothing wrong with seeing them as sentimental. When you buy a piece of
jewelry, you would like it to last forever, right?
In this article, we understand the importance of caring for
even the most precious jewelry that you might own. With that said, here are six
quick and easy tips to take better care of your jewelry to prevent those
annoying tarnishes, scratches, and dullness.
- Store In A
You may want to avoid storing precious jewelry (especially
precious metal) in a humid place (i.e. the bathroom). Also, if you live in a
humid place, then extra care should be taken, as well as more cleaning
procedures. Humidity will only speed up tarnishing, because over time, your
jewelry comes in contact with moisture and air, which causes it to tarnish.
The best way to store your jewelry is to put them in a Zip-lock
bag, and squeeze out all the air before sealing.
- Wash Your
While this is the simplest cleaning step to do, it’s still
essential for you to do, as you care for your jewelry. For most jewelry, they
can definitely benefit from it.
For most jewelry, you can use warm water with a gentle liquid
soap. These soaps can be:
- Castile soap
- Mild dish soap
- Soap for woolens
- Hand soap (with no moisturizer or harsh chemicals)
As you clean pieces that are dull, filmy, or discoloring, mix
a few drops of soap with warm water, and then rub the jewelry with a soft cloth
or a soft-bristled brush to clean every crevice.
Once you rinse the piece with water, make sure you quickly
dry it well.
But whatever you do: Don’t use toothpaste. What was once a
home remedy can actually be too abrasive, and can even do more harm than good
to your jewelry.
- No Harsh
As mentioned above, toothpaste is an obsolete method for
cleaning your jewelry. Even baking soda can be an obsolete method, removing
tiny amounts of metal every time they’re applied to the metal, thus damaging
Also, when using a polishing cloth or brush, make sure you
don’t scrub or rub too hard, especially if your jewelry has a more delicate
finish (i.e. gilding, vermeil, plating, any patina or coloring). In other
words, too much care can actually do more harm than good! So, practice caution
- Use A
Many metals from jewelry can tarnish over time. These metals,
- Sterling silver
- Lower carats of gold
- Other metals vulnerable to moisture
While tarnishing can be a normal process with metal, it can
easily be cleaned off of precious metals. And, while soap and water can be used
to clean off the tarnish, another option is a polishing cloth. A lot of jewelry
stores, craft stores, etc. have good quality polishing cloths for reasonable
prices, or they might include them when you buy a piece of jewelry.
Once you wipe down the jewelry with a polishing cloth, you
can give it a rinse, and then dry it to remove any chemical residue.
- Use Silver
For quick and easy tarnish-removing, you might want to use a
solution called silver dip. Silver dip works well on sterling silver, silver
chains, etc., which can be difficult to clean with only a polishing cloth.
You can find silver dip, or similar solutions, at your local
supermarket, a pharmacy, or a hardware shop. However, you must follow the
instructions of the solution carefully, and always make sure to rinse well and
dry when you’re finished.
- Don’t Overuse
An Ultrasonic Or Silver Dip
If you have the following silver jewelry:
- Lapis lazuli
- Japanese pendant
… may have intentional blackened areas as part of the design,
then avoid ultrasonic cleaning. This type of cleaning can actually damage some
finishes and soft gemstones.
In addition, avoid using silver dip on these types of silver
jewelry, so that you don’t damage some finishes and gemstones.
Ultimately, all jewelry can use some adequate care and
attention, so that they can look their sparkling best. So, if you’re not sure
where to start, you can look to these six tips on how to properly care for your
jewelry. We hope that these tips are useful to where your jewelry may last a
About the author
Kristin Herman is a writer and editor at Boomessays.com and Australianhelp.com. She is also a contributing writer for various sites and publications, such as Paperfellows.com. As a tech enthusiast; she blogs about trending tech news. And, as a project manager, she creates and oversees many business projects nationwide.