It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? Since you cleaned your collection? It’s ok, we all forget to do it, I’m here to remind and encourage you to do it more often. In fact, read this post, then go clean your collection- today!
Here’s our cleaning recipe:
Splash of Mr. Clean (or similar)
Splash of White Ammonia (optional)
Firstly, leave the ammonia out for silver, coral, amber, or other organics. Gld, platinum, and faceted gemstones can handle it.
Secondly, let your pieces soak a good long time; overnight if it’s been a while sine their last bath. Let the degreasing power of the Mr. Clean and the ammonia soak through and loosen up the dirt.
After a good soak use a clean soft toothbrush to give it a good scrub. Don’t use an old toothbrush- toothpaste contains silica which will scratch your metals. Rinse well with water to was away all the soap residue.
If this home routine doesn’t cut it for you, a simple step up is an ultrasonic cleaner. Starting around $80 for small sizes these babies are awesome; nothing better for jiggling loose the combination of lotion, shampoo, dirt, pie crust, and meatloaf that is gunking up your sparkle. I keep mine on the kitchen counter- it gives me a safe place to stash my rings while I am cooking and doing laundry without the danger of them slipping into the garbage disposal (you know you’ve left them on the sink at least once!) and then get clean to boot.
Note about ultrasonics- leave your emeralds and opals out of them.
Some tips for keeping your things clean in between bling spa treatments:
What we see, mostly, accumulated in jewelry is a mix of lotion, shampoo, food, and dirt. Yes, one time Ed did find things living in that mix in a ring. It was…not nice. So remove your rings or jewelry when:
Putting on lotion
Baking and Cooking that requires a hands-on approach (bread dough-yuck!)
Working in the garden, even with gloves
Or pick two and clean it more often, which is my personal methodology.
Some benefits of keeping your jewelry clean(er):
Performance! Performance! Especially for gemstones, but diamonds, too. All jewelry looks better, sparkles more, and shines brighter when it is clean.
Longevity. Dirt is tougher than most metals and stones. The dirt that accumulates in jewelry is wearing away the metal and the facets of your stone (not diamonds- other stones) over time. This really affects the structural integrity of prongs and moving parts like hinges or bracelets. Clean jewelry lasts longer.
Comfort. Our hands, and thusly our jewelry, come in contact with all sorts of irritants and chemicals. Cleaning regularly keeps that stuff from building up in the inside parts that come in contact with our skin. Rashes, dry spots, redness can all be caused by irritants trapped by your jewelry.
So clean those beauties- early and often!