You don't have to feel like your jewelry isn't good any more when it gets a little dirty.
Jewelry stores rather you buy something new or pay them lots of money to clean your jewelry, but most pieces are timeless. A good wash and a shine, and most pieces can look like new.
So without further ado..
Here are 6 jewelry cleaning secrets that jewelry stores rather you didn't know. I use all these secrets myself.
The Jewelry Cleaning Secrets
Good Old Dish Detergent : Cleaning gold jewelry can actually be done with some simple dish soap. Take a few drops of standard dish detergent and empty them into a bowl of warm water.
Hot water can be dangerous to precious stones. Soak the jewelry for about 15 minutes. Pull them out and scrub them with a toothbrush.
Kick It Up a Notch With Club Soda : For some dirtier gold jewelry you may need something more powerful. If the dish detergent doesn't work, you can go to plan B.
Club soda can often provide an extra kick. Make sure to use a pasta strainer and close the drain when cleaning your jewelry over the sink.
What? You Said Tin Foil? : Yes you can actually clean your silver jewelry with tin foil. Place it in a small bowl and fill it with about an inch of hot water. Stir a tablespoon of salt into the water. Take a piece of aluminum foil (4 inches by 4 inches).
You will make 4 tiny strips about 4 x 1 inches long. Put the strips in the bottom of the bowl. Place your silver jewelry in the solution for approximately 5 minutes. Once you remove the silver jewelry from the solution, rinse it under cold water. Gently rub with a cloth to dry. Repeat the process 2 or 3 times as necessary.
My Shiny Ring Stack after cleaning them with my jewelry cleaning line Simple Shine
No Ammonia Please : Ammonia is actually an incredibly powerful and effective chemical for your jewelry. The problem is that its a harsh chemical which is not good for you or your jewelry. Jewelry like pearls are delicate. They should be cleaned lightly with a soft lint free cloth and never with anything containing ammonia.
Synthetic pearls should be cleaned with a mild soap formula. Don't include any ammonia or harsh detergents at all.
Plop, Plop, Fizz, Fizz : For your diamonds you can actually use Alka-Seltzer to make them shine. Take a glass and fill it up about half way. Place your ring at the bottom of the cup and then drop in the Alka-Seltzer. After a couple of minutes you should be left with a sparkling diamond.
LAST AND IN MY OPINION THE BEST : For years I have used many of these DIY tricks to keep my jewelry clean. This was so I didn't have to go to the jewelry store and pay too much to have them cleaned.
"I don't believe the finer things in life have to cost a lot of money. "
As you already know I own Love & Pieces. What many of you don't know is that I actually own a line of jewelry cleaners called Simple Shine. I started Simple Shine to offer to people like you. Friends, family, and customers were asking for my recommendations.
So my last jewelry cleaning tip means a lot to me. You don't need fancy machines or jewelers to get that professional shine back in your jewelry. We offer natural, non-toxic, powerful jewelry cleaning solutions.
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Give it a try. I promise you, you won't be disappointed.
Love & Pieces and Simple Shine