Jewellery cleaning tricks

Jewellery cleaning tricks
Author: 
Louella Jewellery

One question I often get asked is “how can I clean my jewellery at home?”

There are so many different cleaners out there, but sometimes you just need something simple and easy to get the job done.

Trick 1 : Alka seltzer….

This is best for any jewellery that’s looking a bit dull. It won’t have a huge impact on metals with built up tarnish but it’s great for a quick sparkle.

Just drop it in a fizzingglass, leave it for a couple of minutes, rinse and go!

Trick 2: Toothpaste….

Toothpaste is perfect for stones, if your sapphires are soiled or your diamonds are dingy just get an old toothbrush, liberal amounts of toothpaste and scrub away. Give it a good brush under water to get rid of the residue and BOOM your stones will bling again.

Trick 3: Vinegar and baking soda….

This is great for more tarnished metals, add 1/2 cup white vinegar to 2 tablespoons of baking soda, don’t worry about the measurements too much….gently rub the past over your grubby silver and gold, and then rinse.

I love this technique as it’s natural and so effective! Please don’t use this on jewellery with gemstones or pearls as it can damage them.

Hint:

Sometimes lovely soft stones such as amber and malachite can lost their sheen and become dull because of lots of surface scratches. I find the absolute best way to combat this is toothpaste again! I use a smokers toothpase as it’s a little more abrasive. I apply the paste with a cloth and rub, quite hard over the surface in small circular motions, you can do this over and over again until your stone is looking as good as new!