Cleaning and Care Tips for Your Fine Jewelry
Keeping your fine jewelry clean and in good condition is an important part of ensuring it will last a lifetime. In fact, well-crafted jewelry pieces can be passed down for generations, if it properly cared for.
Not sure how to do that? Well, you are in luck because we are going to offer some tips and suggestions that will help you keep your diamond and gemstone jewelry sparkling for many years to come!
To keep your jewelry in excellent condition there are some things you really must avoid. If this information this is new to you, don’t feel bad, just make sure that going forward you stay away from these things that can damage your precious metal, diamonds, and gemstones.
Things to Avoid
Toothpaste // Most toothpaste contains abrasives and bleach, which can scratch and discolor jewelry over time. After prolonged use, you will notice stones and metals looking dull. If you use it on pearl jewelry, it will wear away the nacre and lose its beautiful luster.
Chlorine and Bleach // Exposing your jewelry to chlorine and/or bleach can discolor and damage your jewelry. These and other household cleaners can also slowly erode metal finishes, plating, and gemstone treatments.
Saltwater and Sand // Both agents are very abrasive and not good for your jewelry. Headed to the beach? It is probably in your best interest to leave your jewelry safe at home or in a lock box at your hotel.
Soaps and Lotions // The soaps and lotions that we use everyday can leave an icky film on jewelry. They can also work their way into the crevices of prongs and chains.
Direct Sunlight // Extreme temperatures can damage gemstones and can cause them to crack. The heat and UV rays that come with direct sunlight can also discolor your gemstones
Proper Care of Jewelry
Visit a Trusted Jeweler // It is wise to have your jewelry checked and professionally cleaned at a reputable jeweler a couple of times a year. This is the general recommendation for frequently worn jewelry. Metal wears over time, so having your jewelry inspected by someone who knows what to look for can help prevent a potential loss. They will examine prongs, tips, clasps, shanks, and check for loose stones.
Storing your Jewelry // Be sure to store your jewelry in a clean, dry place. You should also take care to keep your jewelry items separated so they do not rub against one another.
Clean your Jewelry // Cleaning your jewelry not only keeps it sparkling and beautiful, it removes the oils and debris that can accelerate normal wear and tear.
How to Clean Your Jewelry
You can keep your jewelry radiant by cleaning it at home and in-between visits to your jeweler.
The first method is quite simple. We recommend using Dawn dish soap (because it will not leave a soapy residue), warm (not hot) water, and a new soft toothbrush. The kind that are made for toddlers are perfect!
Place jewelry in the warm soapy water and leave for a few minutes. This will help the oils and debris loosen from the surface and crevices. Then dip brush in the solution and gently work your way around all areas of the piece. Rinse thoroughly in a separate bowl of warm water, and then dry with a soft cloth.
If you are looking for an even more noticeable clean, we suggest Razzle Dazzle Jewelry Cleaner, which we proudly carry at Upscale Consignment.
Razzle Dazzle jewelry cleaner is made in the United States and is environmentally safe, ammonia free, acid free, abrasive free and biodegradable. To learn more about this incredible product and how it works visit the Razzle Dazzle website.
We have a variety of sizes in-stock to meet your needs; 32oz, 8oz, and 2oz. Stop by our consignment shop in Gladstone, Oregon – just outside of Portland – and pick some up.
If you have any questions about the cleaning and care of your jewelry, contact us. We will be glad to help!
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