The holidays are fast approaching, and this calls for attending parties and spending more time with your friends and family. You’ve taken your most fashionable outfits to the cleaner and made an appointment with your hairdresser. Now, what about your jewellery? Will it look as good as the rest of your ensemble? Don’t let it tarnish your holiday sparkle by learning how to clean your jewellery properly. As one of the trusted jewellers in Dublin, we always share some tips on how to properly care for your favourite jewellery items.
Mix a few drops of dish detergent into a small bowl of club soda. Let the items soak for five to eight minutes. Scrub the surfaces with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Place the jewellery in a food strainer or secure the sink with a plug to make sure nothing falls down the drainer. Rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth. Let it continue to air dry so any moisture will evaporate.
Always remember that silver is a very soft metal and can be scratched easily. To clean, line a glass baking pan or a bowl with aluminium foil. Place your jewellery on the foil and sprinkle baking soda over it. Pour enough hot water in the pot or pan to submerge the jewellery. A bubbling reaction will remove any tarnish or dirt. Rinse the jewellery in the sink and buff out any residual tarnished spots with a microfiber cloth.
Soak your jewellery in a solution of one-cup water and a quarter-cup ammonia. After 20 to 30 minutes, gently scrub your diamond-encrusted jewellery with a soft-bristled toothbrush, getting into the small areas between the diamonds and the setting. Rinse it with warm water, gently damp it a lint-free or non-abrasive cloth, and let it dry. If your jewellery is set in platinum, this procedure will also clean the setting.
Remember that storing your jewellery in humidity or close to other types of jewellery can lead to tarnished and scratched surfaces.
Organise your jewellery in different storages by metal or type of stone to maintain their sparkle. When in doubt, contact us to know what’s safe to do. If you follow these tips on a weekly or monthly basis throughout the year, your jewellery will always look great and you’ll enjoy wearing it all the more.