How to take proper care of your jewelry at home.

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POSTED BY: Dover JewelryOctober 22, 2013FILED UNDER: Ask Dover

On the web you can find many ideas and methods to clean your jewelry, based on myths and grandmother heirlooms, like to use toothpaste for make the diamond shines, or that beer used to clean gold, and even tomato sauce can make silver shine. You might be curious to try them, but this is not recommended with your jewels.

• Pearls

If your pearls begin to look soiled, dilute a small spoonful of Woolite in a liter of water and wash with that solution. Ideally immersed for 15 seconds, then wipe with a cotton cloth. Let them dry. To care for your pearls is best to store them in a cotton bag, not plastic, and be separate from other jewelry.

If you want to keep your shiny beads that use them regularly and keep them polished, thanks to the natural body oils. When you remove them, wipe them with a dry cotton cloth.

• Diamonds

If you are cleaning your diamonds the best way is to use pre-mixed warm water with soap and a soft bristle brush, or a tooth that no longer use. Then proceed to dry with a soft cloth. It is not recommended that you use toothpaste to clean the diamond, because this substance is quite corrosive and can damage other metals holding the gem.

• Gold

The first step to keep your shiny gold jewelry is removed before each bath, since chemicals like soap can form a shadow that remains the gold glitter. There are many commercial products on the market to clean your jewelry made of gold, but at home you can also find products that will be useful. For example, you can mix a few drops of mild detergent in warm water and rub a toothbrush with soft bristles, if gold is very spotty mix a few drops of ammonia in soapy water and dip it into this solution, finally brush thoroughly. Rinse with warm water and dry thoroughly.

Never use bleach to clean your gold jewelry, as this chemical in high temperatures can cause permanent damage or discolor your jewelry.

• Silver

Silver for being a soft metal can easily be scratched, wash it with any cloth may damage the surface, so it is advisable to use a soft, clean sponge, and avoid tarnishing the jewel.

• Jewelry with design or textures

To clean this type of jewelry you should use a brass brush (found at any hardware store) with soapy water and carefully rubbing. The bronze metal bristle brush such, offers a polished satin finish their jewelry. In the specific case of silver, you can use a cleaning paste designed especially for this metal, and use a soft cloth.

• Turquoise

This gemstone should be cleaned with soapy water and dried immediately with a soft cloth. Do not immerse the gem in plain water because it is very porous and easily seep fluids causing discoloration. You don’t abuse of commercial cleaners jewelry, since also cause discoloration to the stone.

Note that even though the market can find more specialized treatments or cleaners do not need to buy them, because the tools you have at home are just as useful.