Jewelry Cleaning Guide
Discover the best method for you!
When you buy a jewel, you know that you’ll have to take care of it, basically for two reasons:
A ) Oxidation: it’s 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.
B) Because of these factors we know that a jewel can change over time, instead it needs the right cleaning procedure and some attention.
Best practices for every jewel, four basics rules:
- Don’t wash your jewel with soap. Store your rings away when you wash your hands, and wear them when skin is dry;
- Don’t use perfume on your jewel;
- If you going to relax in a sauna or Turkish bath put your jewelry in a place away from humidity;
- Don’t use cream or oil on your jewel.
Want your jewels to shine and glossy over time?
You can choose different ways, depending on your expectations and need:
We highly suggest not to follow every tip found on the web, stones may become dull and metal could scratch.
Third way: 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 related to finishing:
Burnished bronze finishing:
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);
- a tiny saucer.
- Put a small quantity of bicarbonate on the small dish. You need a tiny mound of it;
- Take your jewelry, dive it in to the water for about 30 seconds and take it out;
- Take your jewelry and dive it into your tiny mountain of bicarbonate;
- Take the soft fabric. Wrap a small part of it on one of your fingers, quite tight;
- 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;
- Repeat from step 3 until you are satisfied;
- Gently rinse your jewelry with warm water;
- Dry it with the clean section of your fabric, insisting on the shiny areas.
Rose Gold finishing:
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)
- plain cotton or linen fabric ( I love the second one)
- Dive your jewelry in hot water with a small quantity of bicarbonate for about 30 seconds;
- Wet the brush lightly with hot water, and rub the bristles on the bicarbonate powder;
- Now take your jewel;
- 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;
- Gently rinse your jewelry with warm water;
- Dry it by wiping it with a cloth in plain cotton or linen insisting on the smooth parts.
Antique Silvering finishing:
What you can do if your jewelry seems to have lost luster or is warmer in colour?
- cream for Silver ( for example Nuncas )
- 2 plain cotton or linen fabric
- Shake the bottle;
- Add a really small quantity of product on a piece of fabric;
- Gently and firmly rub your jewelry with fabric and cream on the parts you want polished. Make sure not to work on dark grooves;
- Shiny and clean with a clean fabric without leaving residues.
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.
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.
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 mantains hydration over time.
If your jewelry needs a more thorough cleaning, contact a qualified expert, your jeweler can help you surely.
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.