The holidays are approaching, which means lots of parties and dinners. It's time to pull out your favorite fine jewelry to show off! If you don't have time to stop by your local jeweler to get your jewelry professionally cleaned, here are a few quick ways to clean them from home.
Pearls are fragile and should never be submerged in water. Wet a towel with warm water and mild soap (fragrance and color additive free), and run it gently over your pearls. Make sure that the towel is only slightly damp; you do not want any excess water to be left on the pearls.
A great at-home sterling silver cleaning solution is Connoisseurs Silver Jewelry Cleaner. Dip your sterling silver jewelry in for no more than 10 seconds, and it will get rid of the tarnish. If your sterling silver jewelry has stones, use a cotton swab or q-tip and clean around the stones instead.
Another option is to use a polishing cloth. It takes a bit longer, but it does the job well.
Add a few drops of mild soap to a bowl of warm water. Soak your gold jewelry for 10 minutes in the solution. Take it out and gently scrub the surface. Gold scratches easily, so make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse off the solution and blot dry with a soft cloth.
Diamonds can be cleaned the same way as gold jewelry. Make sure to stay away from at-home ultrasonic jewelry cleaning machines; they can easily knock out small diamonds from settings. It's best to take it to a professional if the soap solution doesn't clean your diamonds well enough.
Nelson's Jewelers is a family-owned fine jewelry store in Benton, Arkansas, specializing in custom designs. With 31 years of experience, the Nelson's are passionate about educating their customers so they know exactly what they are buying and how to take care of it. Stop by Nelson's for watch repairs, engagement and wedding rings, engraving, fashion jewelry, fine jewelry, birthstones, and more.