Every piece of jewelry needs regular maintenance to keep its shine. This is especially true when it comes to jewelry that is worn every day. Hand soap, dish soap, or any other kind of perfume or lotions can make any piece of jewelry look dull. Depending on how often you wear it, you should set aside some time for jewelry cleaning sessions.
There are some things you can do to prevent jewelry from losing its luster. Take off your bracelets and rings when cleaning the house and washing hands or face. Any kind of detergent can make a thin film of grime appear on the jewelry surface that will make it look dirty. Also, never wear any jewelry when swimming. Both chlorine water found at the local pool and salt from seawater can have damaging effects such as corrosion. When storing jewelry make sure that each piece is put in a separate container, otherwise the hard edges can cause scratches. If you don’t have enough containers for all of your jewelry, at least make sure to put a soft cloth between each piece to protect it. All jewelry should be stored in a dry and clean place. Lastly, most jewelry actually benefits from being worn. For example, wearing silver is a great way to keep it looking shiny.
Regularly check on your jewelry collection to make sure it looks fresh and is damage-free. If you notice any scratches or breakage, take the jewelry to a reputable jeweler to have it looked at as soon as possible.
Most jewelry can be cleaned by bathing it in a solution of warm water and some kind of detergent. For gold and silver use dish soap, the same for gemstones – but use seltzer water instead of regular water. Brush your jewelry delicately with a toothbrush and dry it using a soft cloth for best results. Pearls can be cleaned by brushing them with a soft toothbrush soaked in the mixture of warm water and shampoo. Remember that pearls themselves should not be soaked as to avoid damage to the chain and links.
If you are wearing jewelry every day, it is recommended that you clean it at least every two weeks. Having to literally draw a bath for the jewelry every time can understandably be quite cumbersome for some. That is why jewelry cleaning cloths were invented.
A jewelry cleaning cloth is a polishing cloth made especially for maintaining jewelry. It gets rid of the tarnish that sets on the surface when worn regularly. Usually, a jewelry cleaning cloth will have two different sides. One is abrasive and is used to remove any dirt and give jewelry a fine satin finish. The other side is softer and is used specifically to buff and polish the jewelry’s surface and provide it with a long-lasting shine.
A professional jewelry cleaning cloth should not be washed because the impregnated chemical cleaning agents will be lost. The cloth is often designed to become darker with use. This way we know when the cloth has lost its cleaning powers and it is time to buy a new one. A jewelry cleaning cloth is an immensely handy way to maintain your jewelry without too much effort.