Here are some helpful tips to keep your jewellery looking its best
It’s such a pleasure to wear a new piece of sparkly jewellery. You can’t stop admiring it and neither can anyone else! Here’s how to clean your jewellery and keep it and shining brightly all the time.
Gold and Diamonds
Put your gold piece into a dish of warm soapy water (dishwashing liquid or hand soap are both ok).
Leave it to soak for a few minutes. Use an old soft toothbrush to gently scrub it, especially around the stones.
Rinse and dry with a soft polishing cloth. Here’s one we use but any soft polishing cloth will do the job.
Sometimes gold earrings and rings become quite tarnished after constant wear. If this happens, you can use a complete gold polishing kit that includes a nontoxic jewellery cleaning solution.
Precious gemstones such as diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds can easily be taken to a reputable jewellery shop to be put through their ultrasonic cleaner, a device that uses ultrasound waves and chemicals to remove dirt, oil and tarnish along with compounds that buff and polish delicate jewellery pieces. If you’d like to keep your jewellery super sparkly all the time, it might be worth investing in your own small ultrasonic cleaner.
Silver tarnishes much more quickly and easily than gold. This happens as a result of a chemical reaction that occurs when silver is exposed to air and other substances.
To slow down the tarnishing process, don’t wear your silver when gardening, cooking, doing the dishes, swimming, taking a bath. (Chlorine will tarnish silver immediately). Put your jewellery on after you have applied your makeup and perfume. Silver necklaces will tarnish more quickly if you wear them on wool.
Store your silver in plastic bags that seal tightly. You can also add a piece of chalk or a small bag of silica (like the ones that come out of new shoe boxes). Either of these absorbs moisture and delay tarnishing.
Cleaning silver is simple. You can use a silver polishing cloth or a cleaning solution such as Silvo (both are easy to buy from your local supermarket). Remember that silver is very soft and scratches easily so make sure that you use a very soft baby’s toothbrush or soft cloth to clean it.
Alternatively, you can make your own silver jewellery dip:
Line a glass container with tin foil pour some hot water and add one or two tablespoons of salt and baking soda. Put your silver pieces into the dip and leave them there for about five minutes.
After the tarnish disappears, rinse your jewellery with water and dry it using a soft cloth.
Opals are quite delicate, so they need special care. They’re reasonably soft stones (a 5.5 – 6.5 on the Mohs hardness scale, with diamonds being a 10), fairly porous and high in water content which makes them more vulnerable to extreme changes in climate, temperature and humidity. Try not to expose your precious opal to extreme sunlight or heat. Do not wear them in showers, baths or pools. Take them off before any strenuous physical activity and set them down gently when you remove them.
Clean your opals by gently wiping them with a damp cloth and a tiny amount of very mild detergent.
Pearls, like opals, are also quite delicate. Pearls are commonly set using glue and therefore are vulnerable to water and the chemical substances in makeup, perfume and hair dye so put them on after you have finished dressing. Don’t wear pearls in the shower or swimming pool or when doing any physical activity.
Clean pearls by wiping them with a damp cloth and a tiny portion of Ivory soap.