Keep cleaning to a minimum. Make sure to remove silver jewelry before getting into in chlorinated swimming pools or hot tubs. Exposure to air and light tarnishes silver. Avoid wearing silver rings when you will be using your hands for projects, like gardening. Especially avoid wearing your silver when you will be coming into contact with cleaning products and products that contain sulfur, like mayonnaise.
Soak in warm water and dishwashing soap. Create a mixture of two cups of warm water and only a few drops of a mild dishwashing soap. Put the gold jewelry into the water. Allow it to soak for fifteen minutes.
*Joy is an example of a mild dishwashing soap.
Scrub with a soft toothbrush. Once the gold has soaked for fifteen minutes, remove it from the water. Take a soft toothbrush and gently scrub in small, circular motions. Do not scrub too hard or use too hard of a brush or you may damage the gold.
Rinse in warm water. After you have scrubbed the gold, rinse it in warm water. Rinse it thoroughly to remove any leftover mixture. Once it has been rinsed, use a soft cloth to dry the jewelry. Then, store it in your jewelry box or other safe location with care to avoid future damage.
Mix warm water and soap for gemstones like rubies and sapphires. To clean other gemstones, like rubies and sapphires, use two cups of water and a few drops of dish soap or detergent. Put the jewelry into the mixture. Allow the jewelry to soak for twenty minutes before removing.
Scrub with a soft toothbrush. Begin gently scrubbing the diamonds with the toothbrush that has been dipped into the mixture. Along with cleaning the main parts of the jewelry, make sure to to get into the small areas and setting as well.
Rinse with warm water. Rinse the jewelry under or in warm water when you have finished scrubbing. If you’re cleaning multiple pieces of jewelry, rinse each piece individually. Then, lay the diamonds or gemstones on a tissue to dry. Store them in a safe place once they have finished drying.
Create a mixture. Use one cup of water and a few drops of shampoo. Any type of shampoo is fine to use. Pour the shampoo and water into a bowl and stir using a spoon or other utensil.
Go over the pearls with a makeup brush. Don’t dip the pearls directly into the mixture. Instead, use a small and clean makeup brush. Dip the makeup brush into the mixture. Go over each pearl with the makeup brush. Make sure to clean every part of the pearl, even the part near the setting.
Rinse the pearls with a damp cloth. Use a damp cloth that has been wrung dry. Gently rub the pearls with the damp cloth to rinse the mixture off. Allow the pearls to dry on the soft, dry cloth they were originally laid out on.
Practice preventative cleaning measures. Pearls are fragile and easily damaged by harsh cleaning methods. Always put on your pearl jewelry after applying makeup and aerosol products. Clean immediately after perspiring and being in smoky environments.
Mix baby shampoo and water. Do not use a commercial jewelry cleaner on natural Shell jewelry because the solution is usually too harsh. Instead, mix one drop of baby shampoo into one cup of water. Stir the mixture together with a spin or other utensil.
Use a soft toothbrush or Q-Tip. Dip a soft toothbrush or Q-Tip into the mixture. Gently scrub over the surface of the jewelry. Make sure to clean the hard-to-reach spots and small areas. You may want to use a toothbrush for the larger areas, and a Q-Tip for the smaller areas.
Rinse in cold water. After you are done scrubbing, rinse the solution off of the jewelry in cold water. Do not use warm water because it can loosen the glue. Make sure all of the mixture is rinsed off and then dry the jewelry with a towel or microfiber cloth.
Dry with a hairdryer. Use a hair dryer to make sure that the jewelry is completely dry. Any leftover moisture can cause rust. Make sure to use the cool setting. A warmer or hot setting can cause the piece to warp or glue to melt.
Store in plastic bags. Keep each piece of costume jewelry in its own zipper plastic bag. Be sure that all oxygen is removed from the bag before storing it. Keeping the jewelry from being exposed to oxygen will keep it shinier for longer between cleanings. You can also purchase a velvet-lined jewelry box that has a lid instead of using plastic bags. Or, you can store the plastic box inside of the jewelry box.
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