Exposure to personal care products, the air and heat may dull and darken your fine fashion jewelry. While reviving your jewelry is as simple as using a lint-free cloth to make them shine again, you can use common household items to clean your most precious diamonds and gemstones – see more jewelry care tips at Shaneco.com.
- Remove the kinks from your favorite gold and silver chains. For tangled and knotted chains, sprinkle them with a tablespoon of talcum powder or cornstarch to untangle. If the single chain has many knots, push and pull a straight pin through the tangle. Turn and twist the pin gently to release the knots from the chain.
- Wash your gold pieces in a mixture of ammonia and water. Combine 2 teaspoons of liquid detergent, a few drops of ammonia and 1 cup of lukewarm water in a small glass bowl. Soak the jewelry in the diluted ammonia for 10 minutes. Rinse in warm water to remove any traces of ammonia from the metal. Lay the jewelry down flat on a towel to dry overnight.
- Make your pearls gleam and shine with a simple-to-make cleaning solution. Mix a teaspoon of mild liquid soap with a cup of lukewarm water. Drop the pearls in the water for 20 seconds. Dry them with a lint-free cloth. Lay your jewelry flat to dry. Make sure you store your pearls in a small cotton bag away from your other gold, silver or platinum pieces.
- Restore the beauty of your silver pieces with a paste of three parts of baking soda and one part water. First, wet your silver jewelry with a few drops of lukewarm water. Smooth and gently rub the baking soda paste over the jewelry to remove any traces of tarnish. Rinse your silver jewelry with warm water and lay flat to dry on a cotton towel.
- Secure loose stones with super glue. Apply 2 to 3 drops of super glue to the base of the gemstone. It is important that you do not allow the glue to harden or overflow on the top of the gem. Apply the glue with a toothpick to avoid messes and spills.
- Clean your diamond and pearl jewelry with a denture tablet. Place the jewelry in a bowl or glass. Add hot water then drop the tablet into the glass. Wait 10 minutes and remove the jewelry from the glass. Rinse with warm water and dry overnight.
Additional Jewelry Cleaning Tips
- If your clasp is broken, do not attempt to fix the piece of jewelry yourself. Take the piece to a reputable fine jeweler for a professional service.
- Wipe all your fashion jewelry with a clean jeweler’s cloth before using any of the methods mentioned above.
- If you are using jewelry cleaner to restore the beauty of your costume jewelry, make sure that it does not contain acid, ammonia or alcohol. Since some costume jewelry contains a wide variety of metals, there is no way of knowing whether the surface of the jewelry has been coated or not. These strong cleaning agents can be abrasive and destroy the finish of your jewelry beyond repair.