Bring Back The Glory Of Your Precious Jewelry
Published on October 6th, 2014 | by Joan Makai
Whether it’s a rare gemstone from your grandmother’s collection or a fancy necklace you just purchased at the store a few years back, jewelries then to loose shine overtime due to dirt, grime and many different reasons. It doesn’t mean though that they should be set aside just because they lack the old glitter that you oh so loved. Well, unless you fancy the cheap throwaway ones with life expectancy of a few months. If that’s the case then go ahead throw them away when they lost the shine. Expensive jewelries however are not to be thrown out when they glimmer fades. Whether made of gold, platinum or sterling silver, jewelries are good investment pieces since you can wear them overtime, when they start to look dull it only means one thing – they are looking for a little TLC from you.
It’s good if you can bring your baubles to professional jewelers since they can easily and professionally restore your trinkets to its previous glory but if time is a constraint and driving to the nearest jewelry shop is too laborious for you, a simple cleaning solution at home and a little effort can make a big difference on the life of your jewels. Check these pretty easy solutions that you can do while sitting in front of your TV screen and bring back the luster of your beloved baubles.
- Pearl necklaces and those that are made of turquoise do not need elaborate cleaning, a simple solution of soap and water will do. In a bowl of warm water place 3 to 4 drops of mild liquid detergent, stir and soak your pearls and turquoise for few minutes. Using a soft cloth wipe each strand carefully to remove the tough dirt and then lay the pieces in a flat container to dry.
- You may have known Ammonia as an emergency solution to patients who fainted but this is also a useful solution when it comes to your jewelries especially diamonds. Using a small bowl put 2 cups of warm water and add half cup of ammonia. Use this solution to soak your diamonds for 10 minutes. Using an old fine-bristled toothbrush gently clean the areas that are easily exposed to dirt. When finished, pat it dry with a soft cloth.
- Gold jewelries can easily be cleaned using a white vinegar solution. Just soak it for 15 to 20 minutes and if there are other traces of dirt left, use a fine-bristled toothbrush or a soft cloth to get rid of it.
- Those who fancy silver trinkets would love how a simple toothpaste or dishwashing solution can make it look like new again. Just put a few drops of your favorite dishwashing liquid to your silver rings or earrings and then brush it clean with a soft-bristled brush. A pea-sized amount of toothpaste can also be used to clean your silver jewelries. Again, use a soft cloth to wipe it dry.
One does not need to become a professional jeweler to take care of his gems. A little dirt or grime is not a hindrance to enjoy lasting glimmer and shine as well. With proper care, jewelries of any kind can be worn for a long time, especially those that are worth a small fortune.