How to Keep Your Jewelry Sparkly and Clean!
Keeping your jewelry clean is surprisingly easy, and very rewarding. For just a little work and time spent, you can make your necklaces, rings, bracelets and other jewelry look like new. If it seems like a silly idea or a waste of time, I urge you to give it a try.
You may think that your silver or white gold wedding band couldn’t possibly be dirty because you look at it everyday, but I guarantee you that after you try cleaning it, you will see a difference that you never could have imagined before. And, jewelry cleaners don’t have to be expensive – check out my review of some jewelry cleaners below.
Silver Polishes – These are usually heavy creams or lotions in a bottle. Simply apply and buff away the polish. Does wonders for silver and white gold jewelry: Exception – For intricate pieces, anything woven, you will want to use a liquid dipping jewelry cleaner to get into hard-to-reach places, otherwise the tarnish will remain in the creases and you won’t get the effect you desire.
Liquid Jewelry Cleaners – These are usually sold as a very thin liquid in a bottle. You simply dip the jewelry into the bottle for a few seconds and the results are amazing. The drawback is that they are made with very strong smelling chemicals, so the only time I use them is for intricate pieces or woven jewelry that can’t be cleaned any other way. Here is something fun to do: Dip your jewelry into the cleaner just halfway and pull it out, you won’t believe how well these liquid cleaners shine your jewelry!
Jewelry Polishing Cloths – For any flat-surface metal jewelry, such as a plain wedding band, bracelet or earrings, my absolute favorite cleaner is a simple, inexpensive jewelry polishing cloth! This one has two sheets attached to it, one for cleaning and one for polishing. You can do this anywhere, in front of the TV, in the car, etc. The best thing about this cleaner is that you can see the tarnish on the cloth as you clean, very gratifying! Keep one of these tiny cloths in your jewlery organizer or box for on-the-spot polishing.
IMPORTANT TIP – always read the instructions on your jewelry cleaner to make sure it was designed for what you are cleaning, ESPECIALLY WITH PEARLS – many jewelry cleaners will dissolve glue that holds delicate pearls in place and you can lose them!