Washing your hands while handling jewellery is one of the most important ways of how to clean jewellery. This is because the condition of a ring or other piece of jewellery can become very grimy very quickly if you are not careful. It is important to make sure that you have your personalised jewellery for her safely cleaned at all times. First of all, when you have your jewellery for her clean it in a pan that has been filled with warm, soapy water. Ensure that there is no hair or pieces of fabric caught in the pan. Rinse all of your jewellery thoroughly with warm water and then let it dry in the open air.
Washing your favourite bracelet or necklace using a soft toothbrush is another important way of how to clean jewellery. Before you begin brushing the bracelet or necklace make sure that she is fully prepared for this activity. Put a small dab of essential oils onto the toothbrush before you begin brushing to allow her to relax and take her mind off the grime on her hands. Use the soft toothbrush to scrub the oil into the pendants and chains using circular motions. Try to go over every chain with the toothbrush.
If the jewellery cleaner has been working on your necklace or bracelet for a while it may be a bit of an odour and it is best to give it a rinse before continuing. Before you rinse it, dip it into a cup of warm water and dissolve the soap. Then dip it back into the warm water and allow it to remain there for a few minutes. Then gently rinse off the soap from the item.
Cleaning your jewellery of metals can be more complicated than with the less precious stones and metals. Some metals can soak up the cleaner and some cannot. For instance, silver can become discoloured if the cleaner is too strong or the jewellery is dipped too low. You want to get into a lather with the soap but make sure you do not get any soap in the gemstones. Some metals will soak the cleaner up so watch the items you are cleaning carefully and do not let them soak too long.
The soft bristles of a toothbrush do not usually pick up all the tiny nooks and crevices where the diamond or other delicate stones are embedded. Many of the modern toothbrushes have special pads that are stiffer, especially ones designed for sterling silver and gold jewellery. The metal toothbrushes also tend to get scratches in the jewellery and will not pick up all the tiny nooks and crevices that the pearls and diamonds are contained in. Some of the modern bristle toothbrushes are made of plastic and they will remove the dirt from the jewellery but not pick it up.
The use of lemon juice and vinegar with cotton cloths is another effective method of cleaning personalised jewellery. You want to rub the cotton cloth over the jewellery gently to prevent the jewellery from tarnishing or rusting. The lemon juice acts as a degreasing agent and helps to loosen up built-up residue from oxidized tarnish. You can also add a small amount of white vinegar to the cotton cloth to help reduce build-up. When the jewellery has been gently rubbed you want to rinse it off immediately so that you do not have any build-up on the items.
For more tips about cleaning your jewellery, check out this infographic from Charming Jewellery Store:
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