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Cleaning Techniques for Precious Jewellery

June 03, 2015 Allison Bray

Every connoisseur of stylish jewellery wants to keep their collection sparkling. After all, a good piece of jewellery should be something you can wear throughout your life. We’ve written before about how to maintain your personal ornamentation in general terms, but now it’s time to talk about something a little more specific: cleaning. If you really want to keep your jewellery in tip-top condition, you need to know how to clean it! As such, we’ve compiled a collection of vital tips on how to properly sanitise your jewellery pieces.

After use

Skin oils and make-up can corrode and damage jewellery if allowed to cling to jewellery after use. Each time you wear a piece, you risk allowing these products and natural oils to accumulate. As such, after using a piece of jewellery, wipe it down with a cotton cloth to remove any impurities. Cotton cloths are generally soft - which minimises the risk of scratching the jewellery while cleaning it - and are unlikely to deposit any unwanted, corrosive chemicals onto the jewellery.

On occasion

Sometimes, you’ll want to give your jewellery a slightly more thorough clean. For most forms of jewellery, this can be achieved using a soft-bristle toothbrush and ordinary mild washing up liquid. This form of care does carry some risks, as you’re more likely to scratch your jewellery with a toothbrush than with a cloth. However, you can also get into every nook and cranny of each piece and give it the most thorough clean possible. Just be gentle and be sure to remove any traces of washing up liquid when you’re done! Washing up liquid is great for cleaning most jewellery, but it could cause corrosion if left on for too long.

For special jewellery

It’s not always advisable to clean your own jewellery. If a piece has particular sentimental value or is especially delicate, you might like to consider entrusting its maintenance to commercial gold and silver cleaners instead. Be wary of pieces that feature gemstones, however, as not all gemstones can be safely subjected to the techniques they use. However, for jewellery that doesn’t feature precious stones, commercial cleaners are an ideal way to keep your jewellery in tip-top condition.

Whichever type of jewellery you favour, you can extend its life with regular cleaning and by treating it with the care and attention it deserves!


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