Keeping jewelry beautiful and shiny, it is important to keep jewelries clean and maintenance them regulraly.
Usually there is old and new tricks to clean jewelry at home – but there’s always a risk in these tricks. For example, the fragile and sensitive stones may suffer from these tricks or even get ruined . If you want to keep jewelry looking like you recently bought it, then the professional jeweler can help you.
In this part of guide you’ll find how to take care of silver, golden, gold’plated and bronze jewelry.
This jewelry guide has professional tricks and tips how to keep your jewelry nice, clean and beautiful.
How to store and take care of jewelry
The main guideline keeping jewelry nice and shiny is to keep them clean and store them right. There’s few tips to keep your jewelry beautiful.
- Jewelry should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off.
- Add jewelry after you’ve used cosmetics, hair products, lotions etc.
- Never shower or swim with jewelry on
- Wipe jewelry with clean, soft cloth after use
- Never use alcohol-based cleaners!
- Store each jewelry in their own boxes when not in use. Plastic bag works well too.
When to go to the professional jeweler
When you feel hopeless about the jewelry you have – don’t! Professional jewelers are here to help you. Consult your jeweler and they’ll find a solution – no matter what!
There’s few tips when you should take jewelry to the professional.
– Gold-plated jewelry
– Jeweleries with a strong patina
– Jewelry with unknown stones to you
– Fragile jewelry
– Precious jewelry
– Scratched and worn-out jewelries
925-stamped silver jewelry have about 95,2% silver. The ending 7,5% is copper. Pure silver is soft, so to harden the silver to everyday use, there has to be alloyed copper melted into pure silver.
Because there is 7,5% copper in 925 alloys, the copper in silver alloy may tarnish. Different chemicals can affect the silver to tarnish; that’s why it’s best to put the jewelry onto you after applying makeup, hair products, perfume or cologne.
When cleaning jewelry over the sink, remember plug the drain! If jewelry has stones, ensure that the stones are secure – if it or they aren’t, take jewelry to the professional care.
You can clean silver jewelry with a new, soft toothbrush and using a little bit of soap with warm water. Remember that sensitive stones may not like it – check what kind of stones you have in your jewelry before using soap. Avoid rubbing stones too much!
You can also use anti-tarnish silver polish cloth, which can be found in goldsmith shops. The best way to clean jewelry is using ultrasonic cleaner, and usually all goldsmith and jeweler shops have this machine. You can also buy this machine – but don’t clean sensitive stones in ultrasonic cleaner.
Maintenance of the silver jewelry should be done by professional jeweler. Give your jewelry to the professional if the stones are weakly closed, the jewelry has deep scratches, or some part is loose.
How to clean jewelry at the home
– Liquid soap with a warm water and a soft toothbrush
– Anti-tarnish silver polish cloth
– Ultrasonic cleaner – avoid cleaning jewelry with stones
What jewelry you can clean
– Silver jewelry without stones
– Jewelry with familiar stones to you; don’t use water and soap to pearls, opals and other delicate gemstones.
– Avoid rubbing the stone!
GOLD, GOLD-PLATED AND BRONZE JEWELRY
The same guidelines apply to the gold jewelry as the silver jewelry. If you use cleaning cloth, make sure that the cloth can be used to the gold jewelry.
Otherwise than silver jewelry, gold doesn’t tarnish same way than silver.
Gold-plated jewelry is really vulnerable for scratches. You can use really soft cloth for cleaning (not the anti-tarnish cloth) but be very gentle – don’t rub the jewelry.
You can clean gold-plated jewelry with soft brush (toothbrush for the kids, for example) and a little bit mild dishwashing soap. Check the softness of the brush, so the jewelry doesn’t get scratched.
The same guidelines apply to the bronze jewelry as the silver and gold jewelry. It is hard to find polishing cloth suitable for the bronze, and the safest way to keep bronze jewelry clean is to use mild soap and soft brush of cloth.
Usually there’s some kind of varnish in bronze jewelry, what may wear out in the use. When this happens, it is time to go to the professional jeweler.