We’ve all been there: the moment when you pull out your jewelry to put on for an important occasion and notice that it looks dull, tarnished, or just plain dirty. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to bring your favorite baubles back to life with a little bit of jewellery cleaner.
But not all jewelry cleaning products are created equal, and it’s important to know which ones to use with different metals and gemstones. Some methods of cleaning, like using vinegar or witch hazel, are slightly acidic and will not agree with softer or porous stones or plated metals, while others can be too harsh on delicate diamonds.
Fortunately, there are safe and effective jewellery cleaners out there that can be used for all types of precious metals and gemstones. The best jewellery cleaner will work quickly and efficiently without harming your fine pieces, so you can return your favourite bling to its original brilliant shine in just a few minutes.
Some jewellery cleaners use ammonia to fully remove tarnish and other contaminants, but this is not suitable for all gems and can be too harsh on platinum or soft gemstones. If you’d prefer to avoid ammonia altogether, look for a jewellery cleaner that is alcohol-free and non-toxic. It’s also a good idea to choose a jewellery cleaner with a convenient brush for scrubbing hard-to-reach spots.
You can always clean your own jewellery with water and a little bit of soap, but it’s not as efficient and can leave behind unsightly streaks. It’s also important to avoid abrasive scrubbers when cleaning precious stones, as these can scratch the surface and damage the luster of the piece.
If you have a lot of gold jewellery, we recommend soaking it in warm water with a little bit of dish soap. This can be done by putting the pieces into a strainer and leaving them to soak for up to five minutes. Make sure you rinse all the pieces thoroughly after soaking them to get rid of any residue left by the soap.
For other jewellery pieces, you can try a combination of a small amount of water and gentle dish soap. Be sure to test the mixture on an inconspicuous piece of your jewellery, such as a necklace chain or an earring, to see how it reacts. If you’re unsure of how a certain mixture will affect your jewellery, you can always contact a professional jeweler for more advice.
At Jewelry Designs, we offer professional jewellery cleaning for a reasonable fee, and we can usually complete the service while you wait. Before your jewellery is cleaned, our consultants will inspect the pieces to make sure they’re free of loose or damaged stones and that there are no signs of damage that would require additional repair. We can even provide you with expert care tips to keep your jewellery looking its best between professional cleanings. Offering high-quality jewellery cleaners with your own branding and logo can help you boost sales, and we can deliver private label cleaning products with low MOQs.