1. Dealing with Dullness – Silver
The natural oils in our skin are effective in ‘cleaning’ silver. As a result, it continues to look shiny. However, common household chemicals and extreme perspiration can cause corrosion and tarnish. Therefore, removing your silver jewellery prior to heading to the kitchen or gym is always a good choice. Also, silver jewellery is on bad terms with hair sprays and perfumes. This is because they accelerate the process of tarnishing.
Try to keep silver jewellery in individual airtight plastic bags. Nevertheless, dull and dark areas can be done away with the gentle rubbing motion of a piece of microfiber cloth or flannel.
2. Precious and Semi Precious Gemstones
Shiny jewellery attracts dirt and cleaning small and inaccessible parts is easier said than done. For the sake of removing oil and salts, make use of a moistened soft lint free cloth. Q-tips can be employed when cleaning smaller gemstones. You will simply need to dip it into water following which you need to blot first on a piece of tissue. Thereafter, wipe dry with the remaining dry bud end.
3. Girl with a Pearl Earring
Pearls too soak up natural oils from the skin and turn out to be nice and shiny. Nothing brightens your complexion better than pearls! It is imperative to consider that pearls should be put on only after you are done with your makeup and hairdo! This will go a long way in preventing the discoloration of pearls.
Pearls can be cleaned by making use of a soft, clean cloth (made from either cotton or bamboo) which has been slightly dampened with water. A mild solution of water and Castille soap (comprising of natural oils like olive and coconut) works for every fifth cleaning. Do not forget to let the pearls air-dry overnight.
4. So Shiny – Diamonds
Prepare a solution of a cup of warm water and ¼ cup of ammonia. Soak a diamond for 20 minutes and scrub it softly using a soft-bristle toothbrush. This way, you will reach the small areas between the diamond and the setting. Now what you can do is rinse the given diamond with warm water and put it down on a tissue to dry. You can go about this method even when the diamonds are set in platinum. But always be careful so as not to expose the piece of jewellery to chlorinated pools and household cleaning products containing chlorine bleach. This may leave the mounting discoloured.
5. The NO-NO – Cleaning Gold at Home
There are a plenty of jewellery shops offering professional cleansing services. And even if they do not, they can guide you to find a highly regarded cleaner.
In such a situation, you should at least extract the comprehensive information about what will be done to your jewellery. The cleaner on the other hand should also be made acquainted with relevant history, if any, that the gold jewellery piece may have. For instance, let him know if a particular gemstone is loose or has been reset in the past. This is an essential step to shun problems.