OUR Jewlery Cleaning SECRETS

 

SHARING OUR HARD EARNED SECRETS:

Sterling silver is often used in fine designer jewelry because it has unmatched qualities. It's more affordable than gold and its inherently soft nature makes it a superb metal to create fabulously detailed pieces. It is soft enough to be intricately worked yet it is hard enough to sustain a life time of wear. If you don’t like sterling silver you most likely don’t understand it. A freshly polished set of sterling silver jewelry adorning a beautiful outfit will make a splash… guaranteed!  It's natural bright and soft sheen is prized by many.

CLEANING YOUR JEWELS
We understand the art of how to professionally polish a piece of jewelry and we are happy to share our time tested secrets with you. Keeping your beautiful pieces in tip top condition is necessary and feared at the same time. A couple proper cleaning tools and a few tips will have you saving your time and money on cleanings and taking pride in doing it yourself. I promise...read on! It's pretty simple and you will feel very accomplished. 

    Tarnished / Unclean                                    Polished / Cleaned 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

FOR A LIGHT CLEANING: 
Make a small batch of common household ammonia and hot water. Use about a cup of hot water and a tablespoon of ammonia. Soak the sterling silver piece in the solution for about 10 minutes. This removes all the dirt and grime that has built up over time. After soaking blot your piece dry with a soft cloth. Next time you want to wear this jewelry you can give it a quick polish with your polishing cloth and it will look like new.


FOR A HEAVY CLEANING:
After trying numerous types of silver cleaners we have our hands down favorite “Wrights silver cream”. This polishing cream comes with its own soft sponge and this is all you need to achieve an impressive shiny finish. Wet the sponge and squeeze it out. Put a small amount of cream polish on the sponge and rub it in strokes opposed to circles. If your jewelry has patina crevasses (darkened grooves) rub in against the grain being careful not to rub too much and remove the patina. You will be surprised at how quickly your sponge with become dirty and this is a great sign. If it gets too black just rinse it well, squeeze it out, reapply a small amount of cream and clean some more. When the sponge remains clean, rinse your jewelry well with warm tap water (removing all the cream) and dry thoroughly. 
Avoid rubbing cream polishes on your stones as it will scratch most stones shiny surface. 

 

IMPORTANT CLEANING TIPS:

  • Never use anything abrasive on any of your gemstones. Including Silver cleaners because they clean with an abrasive.
  • High Heat to very cold will weaken and can split porous stones.
  • Place a strainer in the sink and clean & rinse your precious jewels over the strainer.  
  • Never rub any jewelry (or eye glasses) with paper towels, they contain wood fibers. 
  • Use a "soft" toothbrush like a child’s tooth brush or a horse hair brush to clean your jewelry. Gentleness always. 
  • Keep a small basket under the sink with all your jewelry cleaning tools. This way they are in one place and handy
  •  Backing soda or toothpaste will dull your shiny finishes over time. Often times people who have used toothpaste  will also use their toothbrush for scrubbing. An adult  toothbrush can be too stiff and when combined with abrasive material will scratch your metals and the finishes on your stones. Most detrimental could be bending a prong and losing a stone. 
  • Topaz Gems will fade in the sun.
  • Wrap your jewels all separately so the harder stones don't scratch your metals and softer stones.

 
CLEANING YOUR PEARLS WHILE PROTECTING THEIR LUSTER!
Never soak Pearls because they are so porous. Maintaining their luster means never soaking, using abrasive cleaning chemicals, cloths and/or harsh chemicals. Whether freshwater or saltwater Pearls they must be cleaned with care. First lay the strand on a soft cloth. Dip a clean, soft, brush (child's toothbrush or hoarse hair brush) into a mixture of warm water and a little shampoo, and go over each pearl. To finish, rinse the pearls quickly with warm water. Let the strand dry flat on a couple paper towels to prevent the string from stretching.


SOFT GEM STONES:  Never soak Turquoise, Opals, Pearl, Opal, Emerald, Amber, Coral and Onyx and any other soft porous stone. This can damage these gemstones, as residues left behind once the water has been absorbed build up leaving them dull and lacking their original shine. For the same reason, care should also be taken to avoid contact with make-up, perfume or hairspray. When such stones are dampened, they should always be allowed to dry completely before being stored away.  In emeralds, natural flaws are often filled and hidden with oil, harsh cleaning will remove this oil, producing a dull effect on their appearance.
HARD GEM STONES: By scientific definition, hardness is the ability to resist scratching” and nothing more. All Gems will still break if hit hard enough. Some of the harder stones are (in order of hardness) Diamond, Ruby, Sapphire, Ruby and Topaz. Even though these are harder stones they can be scratched, broken or damaged. Diamonds will break. I chipped my beautiful wedding diamond and our jeweler turned the diamond and hid the chip under a prong. It looks like new now.
Last but not least... have your Jewels checked occasional by a jeweler to make sure your prongs are secure. This is imperative.