I often get asked what is the best way to clean jewelry. I like to use all natural ingredients where possible throughout my life, so when it comes to cleaning jewelry, it's no different.
Trying to find an organic jewelry cleaner is not so easy though, which is why I decided to work with a company to create my own jewelry cleaner. The ingredients are simple, citrus, mint and aloe. The citrus is a degreaser, the aloe is a cleanser and the mint helps to brighten the metal and makes your jewelry sparkle! My jewelry cleaning kit comes complete with a liquid spray, cleaning cloth and two cleaning picks that can get in behind the stones in my jewelry.
The important thing to know is which gemstones you can clean and what you should leave to the professionals. Jewelry with opals, pearls, lapis and other porous gemstones shouldn’t be cleaned with my cleaning kit and they should be given to professionals to clean. Just get in touch and we can chat about sending it to me so that I can give it a good clean, polish and steam and send it back to you as good as new.
There’s nothing better than having your jewelry cleaned and polished. Just like a car, it’s good to have it professionally cleaned every now and again and when you see it good as new, you’ll be surprised at how sparkly it is again!
Jewelry can get dirty from using lotions and soap which can build up under the stone. Most of my jewelry has a hole in the back of the stone (so that light can enter the bezel which makes the stone sparkle), it also means that a lot of debris can get stuck in there. But, it also means, that it’s easier to clean!
It’s not only stones that get dirty, silver is also prone to tarnishing. Tarnishing is inevitable with sterling silver. Tarnishing happens when the silver is in contact with oxygen, wearing your jewelry daily will prolong it from happening.
All of my jewelry comes with velvet pouch which has an anti tarnish tab in it. If you're not wearing your jewelry daily, then just put it in the pouch and close it, this will delay (but not prevent) the tarnishing of your jewelry.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR JEWELRY:
To remove tarnish from your jewelry, simply wipe it with the Metalicious polishing cloth that comes with your jewelry. There are jewelry cleaners that remove tarnish, but they are pretty toxic and please, never use them on pieces of jewelry that have gemstones.
If you don't have one of my cleaning kits, don't worry, there are other ways to clean your jewelry with plain old soap and water:
Fill a small bowl with warm water and a squeeze of dishwashing soap, then drop your ring into the dish for a 15-minute soak. This will loosen any dirt, lotion, or dried soap that has settled into any crevices or behind your gemstone. Once it's had its bath, take your ring out for a rinse: Run it under a steady stream of warm water—making sure your sink drain is stopped—and turn it around so the water can run over the top and bottom of the ring.
The video below shows you how to clean your jewelry fast and effectively - your jewelry will look new again in no time! If you have any questions about keeping your jewelry clean feel free to contact me, I'm happy to help!