Most people wash their cars, vacuum their carpets or dust their furniture. Why do we do this? Sure we like things that look nice, but in each of these cases, the actions usually extend the life of the item you are cleaning. Washing the car extends the life of the paint job. Cleaning carpets makes them last longer before replacement and dusting your furniture helps remove the airborne contaminants that your furnace filter may have missed which can cause excessive wear on your furniture. Proper care is your responsibility whey you own beautiful items and this also applies to jewelry. Over time natural oil from skin, airborne contaminants, lotions and moisture all contribute to tarnish of your jewelry
So now that we know why we should clean our jewelry, let’s look at how to go about cleaning it. First, before cleaning your jewelry yourself, check the setting of the jewelry making sure it is secure. You don’t want to be cleaning your piece and have a stone falling out. If you notice a problem with your piece, take it to your local jeweler where they can repair your piece and will probably even clean it for you.
If you are close to a Kranich’s Jewelers location, I suggest asking one of our associates for a container of our Kranich’s jewelry cleaner. We even give you a brush to help get those problem areas you may encounter, but if you are a do-it-yourselfer, I have found some interesting methods on the internet and here are a few of them.
When cleaning diamonds, pour vodka in a glass bowl and swish the jewelry inside. If it is very dirty, use a soft toothbrush to clean these problem areas. Gold can be cleaned using a cup of warm water with dish soap and 2 tablespoons of household ammonia. Let your gold jewelry soak in the mixture for 10 minutes and then use a soft cloth to wipe the jewelry dry.
An interesting method for cleaning silver uses a glass casserole dish. Line the bottom of the dish with aluminum foil and add two tablespoons of baking soda, a tablespoon of salt and boiling water inside the casserole dish. Add the silver jewelry and let sit until water cools. Remove the silver pieces and buff them with a soft cloth
One final thing to consider is when should you bring your jewelry to a professional jeweler? A good rule of thumb would include any antique or delicate jewelry. There are certain methods available to professional jewelers that are simply not available to the public making it easier for them to restore your investment to its former beauty. When in doubt, just ask your local jeweler. Professional cleaning is often inexpensive and at some retailers is even included in the price of your original purchase.
For questions about caring for your jewelry or for more on any specific piece offered at Kranich’s Jewelers, visit Kranichs.com or call 888.944.4575 and we will be happy to help you.