Over time jewelry can lose its right-out-of the box sparkle. Tarnishing and scratches can occur from every day contact with objects and chemicals. When looking online there are many articles about cleaning jewelry and some can actually harm your jewelry. We can restore this shine and remove light scratches be using easily available items to make your jewelry shine like brand new.
Never use or allow your jewelry to come in contact with chlorine or bleach. It is a good idea to take off your jewelry before swimming and also if you are giving someone a hair coloring.
Jewelry will tarnish more frequently in humid climates so cleaning and polishing will be needed more frequently.
Soak your jewelry like a professional. For best results use an ultrasonic. A small bowl can be used if you do not have an ultrasonic. Pour half water and half Mr. Clean into the ultrasonic then pour a small amount of ammonia. This is a mixture that many in the jewelry industry have been using for years. This is equal to using a professional jewelry cleaning solution and is safe for all types of jewelry including pearls, opals, and emeralds. Allow to soak for 15 minutes.
Rhodium is a natural white metal similar to platinum, used to give sterling silver higher shine and better tarnish resistance. You can have any piece of sterling rhodium plated - even heirloom pieces. While it is not a cleaning method per se, rhodium plating can help your sterling silver jewellery last much longer between cleanings, and look better too. If you have a piece of silver jewellery rhodium plated, you should use steam or hot water to clean it - chemical cleaners will strip the finish and make it look patchy.
First and foremost, never wear jewelry while showering, swimming or sleeping since they are easily prone to scratches and blemishes. Always wear your jewelry once you have completed your make up. Make sure you keep everyday substances like body creams, lotions, hair sprays, and perfumes away from your jewelry, since they make the jewelry look more dull and gloomy.
It's important that you wash jewelry in a clean bowl and not in the sink so that nothing gets lost down the drain. Clean one piece at a time and avoid applying too much pressure on jewelry while cleaning. Use mild soaps and solutions while cleaning any jewelry.If you are using a tooth brush to clean the miniature areas of jewelry, then make sure the bristles of the brush are soft and smooth. Your jewelry prongs and settings also need to be handled with care, since they might get loose while cleaning. Lastly, don't dump your jewelry all together in a box. Store your jewelry neatly in a clean box or wrap it in a soft cloth.