After a while, jewellery items can lose their shine and seem much duller than they used to be. This can happen even to expensive items or even to the ones that you like best. So jewellery care is pretty mandatory. No one wants to wear jewellery with a faded sparkle, so if yours has seen better days, it’s high time to revive their original radiance.
Going to a professional jeweller to have them cleaned might seem to be the easiest option, but it’s by far the most expensive one as well. Also, you will have to wait for a few days or even weeks before you’ll get your precious little treasures back. The good news is that there are quick and simple ways to make your jewellery shine without even leaving the comfort of your own home. You can clean them yourself without even investing in special and costly products.
A bit of time is all you need to get the jewellery nice and ready to glow as it used to. As for the rest of the necessary items for jewellery care, you will most likely find around the house so the costs are as low as they could be.
Here are useful ways to make your jewellery shine again:
1. Go for the multipurpose baking soda.
Baking soda has tons of uses and it will prove to be a practical solution for this job as well. It is especially good to remove that unwanted tarnish that silver can get. Just prepare a paste by adding a couple tablespoons of water to ¼ cup of baking soda.
Then all you need to do is to rub smoothly and rinse. Then dry it off with a clean tissue. Be extra careful if the jewellery features gemstones as you don’t want to take them off their setting.
2. Brush the dull off.
Toothpaste is great for jewellery care and it works for all types of items. Get a toothbrush with medium hard bristles and you’ll see how the residue comes off immediately.
This works also for silverware or jewellery that contains any type of gems, including opaque stones like pearl or opal. Just make sure to go for a softer toothbrush and the toothpaste will do its magic just fine.
It’s recommended to go for simple white toothpaste. Colourful abrasive particles might get in the tiny spaces of the designs or underneath the gemstone and it will take longer to get them out.
3. Clean it with gentle household products like window cleaners.
This works for metal items or pieces that don’t contain delicate gemstones. Avoid using this method for organic gemstones as the ingredients might be too harsh and trigger discolorations.
4. Prepare some soapy water.
The good old soap and water mix will be ideal even for the most delicate surfaces. Go for mild soap and immerse the jewellery in the soapy water.
Rub them a bit using a clean cloth and all the traces of sweat or dirt will vanish. Remember to let them properly air dry before storing them, especially if the items include gemstones.
5. Beer can come at handy too.
This alcoholic beverage is suitable for cleaning solid gold jewellery that’s free of any gemstones. Add some to a cloth and rub. Go for the traditional golden pale lager (also known as Pilsner) and avoid dark ales, flavoured colourful beers or anything else as they could contain caramel or artificial colourings that could stain.
Jewellery care is simple. Use these easy cleaners that cost next to nothing as a few drops of them could spare you of a big bill at the jeweller.