October 22, 2014
Taking care of and maintaining the integrity of your most valued jewelry is important everywhere, including here in Birmingham. Jewelers offer a professional, thorough cleaning that cannot be matched. In between these visits, however, there are simple ways for you to keep that shine and ensure your pieces look spotless and beautiful. Here are a few tips to follow at home if you notice that any of your jewelry items need a little care and attention:
Soak your gold pieces in a homemade solution that blends a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid with two cups of warm water. After the soak is completed, gently scrub the gold with a soft toothbrush. Rinse off the pieces with warm water and dry them with a soft cloth.
Mix together a simple blend of 1/4 cup ammonia and one cup of warm water. Soak the diamonds for about 20 minutes, then gently scrub them with a soft toothbrush. Finally, rinse them with warm water and lay them out to dry. Platinum settings also respond brilliantly to this cleaning method.
Birmingham jewelers recommend giving extra care to pearls. Create a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of clothing detergent for delicates. Quickly dip the pearls into the solution, then wipe each pearl individually with a soft cloth. Never let pearls soak in these cleaning solutions.
Silver-polishing cloths, fluids, and pastes are ideal for taking care of your silver pieces. These are easy to find at drugstores. You can also rinse silver pieces in warm water and wipe them off with a soft cloth. Never use toothpaste or any type of abrasive household paste or cleaner since these can scratch silver.
By following these simple and easy cleaning tips between visits to your Birmingham jeweler you will ensure your jewelry pieces maintain a clean and attractive finish. We hope you find these tips useful.