Everybody, especially women, love jewellery. It's an accessory that one cannot simply do without. However, people are hard-pressed to keep it clean and sparkling. You can of course take the help of a professional jewellery cleaner, but these can be pretty expensive.
There are numerous ways and means thorough which you can keep your jewellery in great condition throughout the year. What’s more you can actually do these from the comforts of your home. They are easy to do, and easy to learn. Here are a few tips on keeping your jewellery clean and sparkling throughout the year:
Cleaning Your Precious Diamonds
The process is quite simple. Take a glass bowl, and pour some Vodka into it. Take your diamond jewellery and swish it inside the bowl. Take it out and then rinse it with clean, clear water and wipe it dry with a soft cloth. Moreover, if your diamond jewellery is really very dirty, then it is advisable that you dip a soft toothbrush in the vodka and scrub the jewellery delicately. This process will clean and add the requisite sparkle to the diamond jewellery in no time at all.
Cleaning Gold Jewellery
This is again a process that is easy to follow. All that is required is a cup of warm water, a teaspoon of liquid dish soap and a teaspoon of household ammonia. Your gold jewellery must be then immersed in this mixture and allowed to rest in it for a period of around ten minutes. After this, you must use a soft cloth to wipe them dry. You will be amazed by the efficacy of this simple process.
The Silver Jewellery Tip
Your silver jewellery might just be the hardest item to clean. Many people try and clean it with a silver paste, but in the hands of the amateur, it usually ends up as a messy failure. An easier way would be to use a glass casserole whose bottom must be lined with aluminum foil.
You must then add two tablespoons of baking soda and a tablespoon of salt and some boiling water inside the glass casserole. The silver jewellery then needs to be added to this mixture and allowed to sit in it, till the water cools down. After that, remove the silver pieces and buff them with a special soft cloth.
If you use this process, it's a surety that all the crevices and creases of the silver will be cleaned off all the dirt and the jewellery will sparkle anew. The best part about this method is that there is absolutely no need to keep rubbing the finish. This helps in prolonging the life of the jewellery and it will last longer.
Your Precious Pearls
There is no intricate process that will help you keep your pearls sparkling throughout the year. They will only be kept clean and shiny, if you wear them often. There is a scientific reason for this. The oil from your skin will help their lustre and keep them soft.
However, there are times when there is simply very little opportunity for you to wear your pearls. In this case, you can keep them in good condition by sprinkling some olive oil on a soft cloth and then wiping them gently.
Moisture: The Dust Trap
Always remove your jewellery before you take a bath or head for a sauna. This must be especially taken care of, in the case of gemstone jewellery. Such jewellery is quite sensitive to moisture and any exposure to it might lead to the jewellery pieces losing their sparkle and newness.
Any amount of water on the jewellery pieces acts as a trap for dust particles and other residual matter.
A Simple Solution
If you don't want to put in too much of an effort with regards to your cleaning process then you can clean your gold and silver jewellery using a solution of fairy liquid and warm water. Make sure you don't use any strong chemicals, as the presence of hard chemicals will have a detrimental effect on your jewellery.
Proceed with caution with respect to cleaning your jewellery with a soap solution. Be well aware of the chemical content of your soap solution. If you are not to sure about this, then the best thing would be to apply the solution on an area of the jewellery that is less conspicuous.
Due importance must also be given to where you store your jewellery. This would ensure the cleanliness of the jewellery. You must keep your jewellery in an enclosed storage space that is also dry and cool. Any sustained exposure to heat will cause an irrevocable damage to your jewellery.
Use the above mentioned tips to regularly clean your jewellery, so it looks as good as new. The results of these tips might just surprise you with how effective they actually are.