March 13, 2014

Tips To Cleaning Your Designer Jewelry!

Keeping your designer jewelry in pristine condition requires constant attention, proper handling and care. Whether you want to make your 14-karat gold necklaces shine like new or are preparing your platinum bracelets and rings for storage, it's important to take a few steps to properly clean your jewelry. After you've followed these guidelines, you will be ready to place your precious belongings in a self storage center:

Cleaning Gemstones

The simplest and least expensive way to clean your platinum, gold or sterling silver jewelry is to use a non-abrasive cleaner. You can usually find this product at your local jewelry store. All you have to do is pour the solution into a small, clear plastic bowl and let the items soak for a few minutes. Then take a used toothbrush with soft bristles and gently scrub the individual pieces. Get between every crevice and rinse with warm water. You have the option of letting your jewelry air dry, but using a cloth can reduce the appearance of spots.
If for some reason you can't find store-brand jewelry cleaner, you can create a solution on your own. Put equal parts of salt, baking soda, dish soap and water into a small bowl. Allow the jewelry to soak for five to 10 minutes. Rinse off your items in cool water and dry them completely with a soft cloth.

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Cleaning Sterling Silver

If you have sterling silver jewelry, you should know that whatever you do the material will tarnish. In order to prevent too much tarnish from building up, clean the pieces with a store-bought product or create one from a simple salt solution. If you want to go the homemade route, place 1 quart of warm distilled water in a bowl and add a tablespoon of salt. Allow the salt to dissolve completely before adding your sterling silver. Move your items gently around the bowl so the solution can reach every part of your jewelry. Then remove your belongings and dry with a soft cloth.

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