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Jewelry Cleaning Guide

The ultimate easy guide to clean silver, gold, bronze and with pearls jewelry

  

When you buy a jewel, you know that you’ll have to take care of it, basically because of Oxidation.
Oxidation is a chemical and natural reaction happening with most of metals (except gold and platinum). The dark patina that we all know, born when metal (your jewel) and oxygen (essential for our life) meet.

+plus there are a lot of factors that can change and dull the surface of your jewelry like soap, cream and sweat residues.

 

That's why, you need to know a few basic rules, if you wanna keep them shiny and bright over time:

1_ Don’t wash your jewel with soap. Store your rings away when you wash your hands, and wear them when skin is dry;

2_Don’t use perfume on your jewel;

3_If you going to relax in a sauna or Turkish bath put your jewelry in a place away from humidity;

3_Don’t use cream or oil on your jewel.

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Want your jewels to shine and glossy over time?
Choose the best method for you, accordingly with your expectations and need:

Talk to a skilled goldsmith.

This choice is recommended especially if the jewel is made of precious stones and precious metal. In this case, you can’t risk to damaging your jewel because of the high value.
We highly suggest not to follow every tip found on the web, stones may become dull and metal could scratch.

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Take care of your jewelry at home with specific products.

There are several great products on the market at various price ranges.
If this way is right for your, I recommend these brands : Town Talk ,  Hagerty Nuncas
and Argentil.

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Clean jewelry without buying specific products

Do NOT trust makeshift advice to take care of your jewelry using “homemade” methods.
In particular, we strongly recommend avoiding:

• TOOTHPASTE, you risk to dull stones, especially precious stones

• TOO HARD BRUSHES or abrasive, there would be the risk of scratching the metal or stones.

• aggressive SOAP, you risk dulling your jewel.

 

 

 

Cleaning and polish methods are basically related to material and finishing:

Bronze and silver: 

How you can do if your jewellery seems dull or sed? You need :

• a cup of hot water (avoid it in other cases)

• plain cotton or linen fabric (I personally love the second one);

• bicarbonate

• a tiny saucer.

How to do:

1_ Put a small quantity of bicarbonate on the small dish. You need a tiny mound of it;

2_Take your jewelry, dive it in to the water for about 30 seconds and take it out;

3_Take your jewelry and dive it into your tiny mountain of bicarbonate;

4_Take the soft fabric. Wrap a small part of it on one of your fingers, quite tight;

5_Take your jewelry again and rub it with your finger on shiny surfaces. Make sure you don’t rub inside the grooves, because if you’ll do that you’ll take off the nice dark tone;

6_Repeat from step 3 until you are satisfied;

7_Gently rinse your jewelry with warm water;

8_Dry it with the clean section of your fabric, insisting on the shiny areas.

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Rose Gold:

What can you do if your jewelry seems reddish or lost luster? You need:

• a cup of hot water (avoid it in other cases)

• toothbrush (a hard one is better)

• bicarbonate

• plain cotton or linen fabric ( I love the second one)

How to do:

1_ Dive your jewelry in hot water with a small quantity of bicarbonate for about 30 seconds;

2_Wet the brush lightly with hot water, and rub the bristles on the bicarbonate powder;

3_Now take your jewel;

4_Rub and scrub the bristles of the brush with bicarbonate on your jewelry, trying to cover the whole surface in different directions. Repeat the process from point one three or four times. Imagine you’re doing a real beauty treatment;

5_Gently rinse your jewelry with warm water;

6_Dry it by wiping it with a cloth in plain cotton or linen insisting on the smooth parts.

 

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Pearls:

Pearls are delicate gems, so please avoid contact with acidic substances such as
perfume, detergents, alcohol, vinegar, fruit juices.

It’s also important to avoid contact with other elements such as:

Hairspray: wear your jewel after hairdressing

Chlorine: pay special attention to pool or spa environments. Leave your jewel some place secure if you’re in doubt.

Sweat: avoid wearing pearls for too long during very hot days is a good practice.

Pearls risk losing their brightness because of the excessive acidity they absorb.

If you wear your pearl jewelry pretty often, it’s best to keep them hydrated and shiny. Store them away from hot or direct light.


 

Daily caring

1) Take few minuted to gently wipe your pearl jewelry with a wet cloth. It removes impurities on surface

2) Put your pearl jewelry on a dry cloth to dry

3) Keep your jewelry in a soft bag or in a solo-case to avoid direct contact with other jewelry that can scratch it.


 

Periodical caring

About three times per year make an intense care ritual, simple steps for long time results:

1) dampen a soft cloth (natural fibers such as cotton or linen is better) with a few drops of olive oil or sandalwood;

2) gently rub the pearls, also close to the nodes;

3) goes over the surface with a soft and dry cloth.

This treatment keep longer the luster of pearls and maintains hydration over time.
If your jewelry needs a more thorough cleaning, contact a qualified expert, your jeweler can help you surely.


 

Rethread

You should be usually rethread your jewel every two years.
If you wear your jewelry several times per week only, you should proceed with a new threading every year.

Make sure that the jeweler make a knot between each pearl larger more than 4 mm. This give additional strength to jewel, distribute the weight of the beads, avoid rubbing and remove the risk of losing pearls after a wire breakage.

 

 

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