How to clean and care for your jewelry
It is best to take your jewelry to a local jeweler to clean it. It may not always possible. On Saturday nights, when you are getting ready for a wedding or going out to dinner, it seems like your jewelry has lost some of its shine and luster.
Schedule for jewelry maintenanceMost people keep their jewelry in a central place such as a jewelry box, safe, or other container. It’s easy to maintain a basic checklist. It’s common for people to forget about their jewelry and not notice a missing diamond in a ring or bracelet. As a reminder, a checklist can be kept in your jewelry box. Jewelers should inspect all fine jewelry, including those with gemstones, that is regularly worn. Jewelry that is frequently worn often comes in contact to coarse surfaces, which can lead to metal fatigue and erosion.
“Erosion” is when precious metals like gold rub against other surfaces. When precious metals rub against other surfaces, such as stone or counter tops of counters, the metals gradually erode. A jeweler can help you determine the best way to repair an item before it breaks and becomes lost. Preventive measures like these can extend the life of precious jewelry.
Jewelry Metal Fatigue
Metal fatigue occurs when metal is exposed to stress through constant knocking or bending. It is easiest to visualize a coat hanger being bent backwards until it breaks. Metal fatigue can be caused by metal fatigue when a ring or bracelet is struck on a doorknob. Or the constant depression from a spring clasp.
Professional Jewelry Maintenance
It is recommended that jewelry used every day, such as engagement rings or tennis bracelets, be inspected by a professional jeweler at least once every six months. A professional jeweler can also inspect jewelry that is less worn frequently annually. A qualified jeweler professional will inspect clasps and prongs for wear. The jeweler can check for loose stones and adjust your prongs to fix or replace them.
Professional Jewelry Cleaning
Many jewelers will clean and polish jewelry while you wait. The more skilled jewelers may be able machine polish your jewelry with multiple stages of compounds to restore the original luster. They might also be able restore the rhodium coating on white gold. You can also steam clean or ultrasonically clean jewelry by highly trained jewelers. You should have a good understanding of the delicate nature of gemstones and patinas so that you don’t damage your valuable items.
Home Jewelry Cleaning
It is important to know the exact composition of your jewelry in order to clean it properly at home.
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It is best to not clean many materials at your home. Here are a few examples.
- Avoid using harsh detergents on organic stones and materials like pearl, ivory or bone, coral, wood or leather. Also, avoid soaking in liquids or cleaning ultrasonically. These common jewelry materials can absorb liquids and become permanently stained or damaged.
- It is not a good idea to try to alter antique or rare artist jewelry at home. Rare jewelry may lose their patina or integrity if they are cleaned and polished.
- Non-professionals should never polish and clean coins.
- Some gemstones can be damaged by detergents if they are not treated with natural oils. Some stones are porous, and may absorb detergents or moisture. These are some gems to be cautious with: Emerald. Opal. Turquoise. Lapis Lazuli.
- Chemical exposure can lead directly to death. To dissolve jewelry completely, soak it in chlorine-based cleaners. This will leave only the stones. Constant exposure to pool chlorine can cause the solders that are used to make jewelry to deteriorate. A small amount of mercury in a broken thermometer can attract gold to it and make the jewelry whiter. This can make jewelry boxes full of precious jewelry unusable. Your jewelry should be safe from any household product that contains acids, lye or chemicals.
- Abrasive chemicals can damage plated metals if they are polished with them. Micron plating is thin on costume jewelry and can be worn through by abrasive chemicals. They can change color or tarnish over time once the base metals have been exposed.
- Use ultrasonic cleaners with care. Ultrasonic cleaners release dirt and makeup from jewelry by using high-frequency waves. Vibration is involved in this process.
* Vibration causes erosion if two items rub against one another, or against an ultrasonic tank’s side.
* Vibration may also be used to loosen epoxy or glue.
* Vibrations can also break fragile materials, such as enamel and amber.
* Vibration can alter the color or remove the enhancement from many novelty gems currently on the market.
* Additives can be removed from stones by vibration.
The tips below will assist you in safe cleaning your jewelry after you have decided that you can clean it with an ultrasonic cleaner.
* Use only the recommended ultrasonic cleaning solution.
* Make sure items are not positioned in a way that rubs on the bottom or side of the ultrasonic tank.
* Don’t leave jewelry on the ultrasonic cleaner for long periods of time.
Proper Jewelry cleaning at Home
Let’s now talk about how to care for your jewelry. Regular cleaning is the best way for your jewelry to look great. It’s easier to remove a small amount of hairspray or lotion than long-term accumulation. Cleaning your jewelry is much easier if it’s done more frequently.
Polishing precious metals
A jewelers rouge or velvet cloth can brighten jewelry. These are gentle cloths that have mild polishing compounds. They can be used to brighten your jewelry. These cloths do not cause any damage to metal or stones but if rubbed vigorously against silver or gold, will add a beautiful luster. After polishing your jewelry you can wash it to get rid of any compounds. After polishing, make sure you place your jeweler’s cloth in a dust-free container such as a plastic bag. This will stop the cloth picking up foreign matter or grit which could scratch your items next time you use it.
Cleaning Diamonds Gold, and Platinum
Gold, diamonds. Platinum.It is possible to clean durable stones, even those not mentioned in the “Don’ts” section. You can use 1/2 Windex and 1/2 water to clean the stones. A small batch is sufficient. You should ventilate the area. Allow the items to soak for as long necessary to remove the buildup. Take the items out of your hands and gently scrub them with a toothbrush. Use the bristles to gently rub the jewelry between its prongs. If residue remains, repeat the procedure. Avoid irritation by washing your jewelry and drying it. In order to avoid getting water spots, some people dry the stones with canned air. The easier it is to clean jewelry the more you do it.
Jewelry Ultrasonic Cleaners
Because ultrasonic cleaners are extremely aggressive, it is crucial to make sure you read the warnings above. But, you can still be aggressive if the rules are followed. You should only use ultrasonic cleaning tools that are meant for home use. Please read the instructions carefully. While it is best to only use the products that are intended for ultrasonic jewelry cleansing, you can also use small units with 1/2 Windex and 1/2 water. You should ventilate the room.
Cleaning Pearls and Other Organic Jewellery
Coral, ivory, bone and other organic materials can absorb moisture and chemicals. Makeup and hairspray should not be applied to pearls before they are put on. You should also wipe them clean with a moist, soft cloth after removing them. For pearls and beads, avoid getting the cord and knots wet to prevent staining and rotting.* Never use detergents or chemicals on your pearls
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