Your jewelry is an important part of your wardrobe and it should make you feel beautiful. But over time, even the most well-cared-for pieces can start to look dull. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do to clean your jewelry and make it sparkle like new.
In this article, we’ll give you six tips for cleaning your jewelry so that it looks its best. With just a little bit of effort, you can make your jewelry look like it did the day you bought it. Keep reading to learn more!
Here are 6 tips to help make your jewelry sparkle:
1. Store your jewelry in a cool, dry place.
A humidity- and heat-controlled environment will protect your jewelry from the harmful effects of moisture, heat and light. Your best bet is a labeled jewelry box or drawstring pouch. We've seen pieces unexpectedly stored in Altoid tins, old chapstick tubes and resealable plastic baggies... just don't let it be yours!
2. Clean your jewelry regularly with a gentle Jewelry Cleaner.
Never expose your Jewelry to cleaning agents, chemicals, acids or extremely high pressure like kitchen sink sprayers. These can damage your jewelry and reduce overall beauty. A good jewelry cleaner could be a polishing cloth or any favorite one at your local store.
3. Avoid exposing your jewelry to harsh chemicals, such as bleach.
Jewelers use a variety of metals, finishes, and gemstones in their work. When these are exposed to harsh chemicals like bleach, it can cause the metal to discolor and steal the luster from gemstones. It can even leach color from your enamel jewelry!
4. Keep away from lotions and perfumes.
Be sure that you put on your perfume or lotion before you add your favorite accessories. Beauty products contain oils that catch dust, dirt and makeup residue – all things that need not end up on your precious jewels. If possible give each piece plenty of time to dry after application, or at least have them on for a few minutes before adding jewelry covering areas where oil has been applied to ensure enough absorption/evaporation will occur.
5. Store your jewelry in a lined jewelry box or pouch to prevent it from tarnishing.
To help prevent tarnish, make sure to store your jewelry in a lined jewelry box or pouch. You can also keep it in a zip-lock bag. And be sure to remove your jewelry before swimming or doing any other activities that could cause it to come into contact with water or chemicals.
6. Have your jewelry professionally cleaned and serviced every few years.
Of course, you can always have your jewelry cleaned professionally and if so, it's best to do it every few years, especially on your more precious and high-end pieces.
By following these simple tips, you can keep your jewelry looking like new for years to come. These are super easy tips but often forgotten. Once you do use one of these tips to clean, your jewelry will have that keep beautiful shine again or maintain its sparkle!
Let us know some of your tips for keeping your jewelry like new in the comments below.