“How do I remove this gunk on my ring?”
“How can I get my bracelet to look polished and shiny again?”
“Why is one of my diamonds a darker shade than the rest?”
If you’re asking yourself these types of questions, it’s time to properly clean your jewelry.
Your jewelry should be important to you – it may have been gifted to you, you may have been proposed with it, or maybe it’s belonged in your family for generations. Your jewelry makes a statement about the kind of person that you are and what value it holds for you. It makes sense that in order to keep your precious jewelry protected, your jewelry should be properly cleaned.
Here are the Do’s and Don’t’s of cleaning your jewelry:
- Use a toothbrush. Doing so will most likely scratch the metal and any stones included. They are not as strong as your teeth!
- Apply lotion while wearing your jewelry
- Use bleach, or random chemicals
- Touch your jewelry too much, especially if you have smaller diamonds. You don’t want to wear down the prongs.
- Remove your ring when you’re doing housework.
- Store jewelry in fabric-lined boxes or soft felt pouches to prevent scratches.
- Take it to your jeweler for a professional cleaning.
No matter how careful you are, your jewelry will still need to be cleaned. Much like going to a dentist, you should get your jewelry checked out and cleaned professionally.
Every 6 months to a year, we recommend doing a steam cleaning (ultrasound). The solution shakes off most of the grime on the surface. If you have an ultrasound jewelry cleaning machine at home, try not to use it too often, as it might shake the diamonds or stones out.
Best recommendation is to go to your jeweler, where they have professional solutions available. Every few years or so, we suggest doing a deep cleaning, where you can shake off any dirt, check to make sure the prongs and the shape is still intact, and re-polish it.
At A Gilded Leaf, we’re always happy to professionally clean your jewelry for you. For more information, please contact us here.