How to best clean your jewelry collection

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What is the best way to clean your jewelry?

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What is the best way to clean your jewelry and keep it looking brand new?  This question can be answered in a few different ways depending on resources.  If there is enough time definitely bring your items in to the jewelry store for a cleaning.   Most stores should offer a complimentary cleaning service for all of their customers.  If not come to luxamart Jewelry Exchange in frisco, TX at 4944 Preston Road Suite 116.  Below you will find the best tips that are the easiest and most cost efficient way of cleaning your jewelry.

How to best clean your jewelry collection

If you have rings you haven’t taken off in a while, you may notice they’ve lost their sparkle. Soap, lotion, dirt and powder leave a film that dulls the sparkle of gemstones, and we all know what happens to sterling silver.

Any qualified jeweler can give your jewelry a quick shine, but it’s really not that difficult to do it yourself. Here are some easy, do-it-yourself methods that have worked for years.

• Antoinette Matlins, author of several popular gem and jewelry buying guides recommends cleaning fine jewelry regularly by soaking it for a few minutes in warm (not hot) water with a mild detergent, then brush gently with a soft toothbrush. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry with a lint-free cloth. I sometimes throw a couple pieces into a jar of Jewel Brite, let it soak, clean it with the little brush that comes with it and polish with an eyeglass wipe.

• How to get the sparkle back into seriously grimy rubies, sapphires or diamonds? Hot water mixed half-and-half with ammonia removes built-up grime from diamonds and corundum (rubies and sapphires), but avoid ammonia on all other gemstones.

• Due to its unusual glass-like structure and high water content, opals are prone to cracking. Avoid exposing opal jewelry to extreme temperature changes, arid conditions and prolonged submersion in water. To keep opals from drying out, store them in a plastic bag with a damp cotton ball.

• If you need to clean a lot of jewelry at once, I know some people who swear by the electronic cleaners. Matlins, however, recommends you use commercial cleaners sparingly or, better yet, stick with ionic cleaner which are safe for all gems.

• Because silk thread can wear thin, pearls and other frequently worn beads should be restrung once a year. A rule of thumb: if you can hear your jewelry when you wear it, it’s time for a tune-up.

• Keep lotions and perfumes away from pearls since the fumes can produce a chemical reaction that will erode the pearl surfaces.  Pearls are recommended to be slightly soaked with a non abrasive gentle cleanser.

Lotion, soaps and everyday dirt are just a few things that can clog prongs on your jewelry or make stones appear facet-less and flat. To get your baubles looking sparklier than ever, we sought out advice from Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab. These are her quick-cleaning tips for your entire jewelry collection.

Silver

For items that are merely dull, filmy, or starting to discolor, mix a few drops of mild dish soap, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap ($2, amazon.com), with warm water and dip in a soft cloth. Rub the jewelry, then rinse in cool water and buff with a cloth until dry. For heavier tarnish, mix three parts baking soda to one part water. Wet the silver and apply the cleaner with a soft, lint-free cloth. Work the paste into the crevices, turning the cloth as it gets gray, then rinse and buff dry. As for silver plate, it’s a thinner coating of silver, so you don’t want to be too abrasive because it could wear off.

“In a pinch, these techniques are fine, but keep in mind that these solutions don’t have the tarnish preventative ingredients that polish has,” says Forte. In other words: If you want to clean and prevent tarnish, use Good Housekeeping Seal holder, Weiman Silver Polish ($10, amazon.com).

Gold

Give gold a bubble bath by pouring a few drops of mild dish soap into a small bowl of sodium-free seltzer water or club soda (in Good Housekeeping Institute tests, the carbonation loosened soil and removed debris). Put the jewelry into a small strainer, and place it in the bowl to soak for about five minutes. Swish it around, fishing out each piece to go over settings and crevices with a soft toothbrush. Return items to the strainer and rinse under running water and dry with a soft cloth.

Costume jewelry

For costume jewelry, especially if stones are glued rather than set, dab a cloth into the bubbly solution of dish detergent and water and gently wipe any smudges or grime. Then “rinse” with a cloth dampened in plain water. Pat dry and lay the pieces upside down so moisture won’t soak into the setting. Since stones are often glued on, instead of set, don’t soak pieces in water or the glue could loosen and gems could pop off.

Pearls

Because they’re so porous, pearls can easily lose their luster. Whether real, cultured, or faux, they must be cleaned with care. First, lay the strand on a soft cloth. Dip a clean, small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and a little shampoo, and go over each pearl. To finish, rinse the pearls with a clean, well-wrung damp cloth. Let the strand dry flat to prevent the string from stretching. This no-soak treatment is also good for turquoise, another porous stone.

Make it easier next time

Remove rings when washing your hands or applying lotions, to keep the settings clean. After wearing pearls, wipe body oils and perfume off with a soft cloth. As for silver, it becomes shinier the more it’s worn (the friction slows down tarnishing), so wear it often.

Come in to luxamart today for the greatest value for your jewelry needs!  We buy, sell and repair and clean diamond rings, gold, silver, platinum and coins.  We also sell and buy and repair luxury watches, Engagement rings, necklaces and much more.  We are located in booming frisco, TX at Lebanon and Preston Rd.  

4944 Preston Rd Suite #116

frisco,TX 75034

469-579-4077 

We thank you for the opportunity to earn your business!!!!

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