There are some pieces of jewellery that matter a great deal to you. These may be items passed down from one generation to the next. They could be special pieces that have been a key part of an important relationship. No matter their origin, when you have a piece of cherished jewellery, an item that you simply cannot go without, it is essential to care for those items with a bit of extra attention to detail. Don't subject these items to standard cleaning. Don't avoid having them cleaned properly either. These tips help make it a bit easier.
Chemicals Are Never Good
A good rule to start with is to never use any type of chemical to clean your jewellery. Chemicals can do damage to just about any type of jewellery. Exposure to chemicals is a common cause of damage to the precious metal and discolouration. It is particularly worrisome for silver, platinum, and gold. You will want to avoid any substance possible that can do this including perfumes, lotions, and cosmetics. Also, think about your jewellery before you use any type of household cleaner. Take the time to pull your items off before you expose them.
Ultrasonic Cleaners for Care?
Ultrasonic cleaners are one of the more talked about options in caring for gems. They are not always a good fit. In many cases, you will want to purchase a high quality, high end cleaner if you aim to use them. However, never use them on any gemstones that have surface-reaching breaks in them. Do not use them on organic gems like amber, ivory, coral, or pearl. You also do not want to use them on heat-treated gems or gems that can be damaged by heat such as opals, topaz, tanzanite, and zircon.
Focus on Simple Cleaning
Here's one of the best bits of advice. Skip all of the fancy cleaning methods and solutions. Instead, keep it simple. Use a mild soap and warm water to clean your jewellery. You do not need to use any type of special cleaner in nearly all cases. Instead, use a soft brush – be sure the bristles of the brush are quite soft. Then apply a bit of mild soap and a bit of rubbing to cleanse the surface of the gems. Once complete – and do not rub too hard – you just need to rinse them off in warm water. You can use a clean, never used makeup brush to create this level of clean as well. This is a good idea for those who are cleaning delicate surfaces, such as pearls.
If you want the best results possible, turn to a professional. A professional cleaner will have special tools to tackle some of the more difficult types of cleaning necessary. If you notice any type of damage to the exterior of the jewellery item, to the stones, or to any of the connecting pieces, don't clean them. Instead, allow a professional to tackle the cleaning only after any areas of concern are addressed.