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Cleaning Your Jewelry at Home

Weekly Wednesday Jewelry Lesson

There are many different ways to clean your different types of jewelry, but here are a few ideas that will help keep your jewelry sparkling between your visits to the store.

Cleaning Jewelry with Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires:

Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire Jewelry

Step 1:  Take one cup of warm water and put a few drops of ammonia into it.

Step 2: Then, take the piece of jewelry and let it sit in the water for five to ten minutes.  You can leave it in longer if you would like, but approximately five to ten minutes will be efficient.

Step 3: Once you take it out, use an old toothbrush to gently brush over the diamonds to help get all the dirt out.  To make sure you are getting your jewelry nice and clean, dip your toothbrush into the water with ammonia before you brush it over the piece of jewelry.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.  This step makes sure the water doesn’t leave little spots.

Cleaning Jewelry with Gemstones:

Gemstones

Step 1: Use hot water with a little bit of dish detergent.

Step 2: Let the piece of jewelry sit in the water for five to ten minutes.

Step 3: Take the toothbrush and brush over the gemstones gently, because you don’t want to scratch your piece of jewelry.  You need to be extra careful with emeralds, tanzanites and other softer stones, because they can easily scratch.  Do not apply too much pressure when using the toothbrush.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.

Cleaning Jewelry with Pearls and Opals:

Pearl and Opal

Step 1: Use hot water with a little bit of dish detergent.

Step 2: Don’t let the jewelry soak in the water this time.

Step 3: Use the soapy water to gently brush over the pearls or opals with your toothbrush, but be careful not to scuff them by pushing too hard.

Step 4: Once you have all the dirt and oils off the jewelry piece, press a paper towel against it.

Ultimately, bringing your jewelry into the store makes it shine the best, because jewelers have expensive machines that help them clean the jewelry.  However, for those times in between your visits to the store, you can follow these simple steps to help keep your jewelry looking great!

Feel free to stop into any of our four Kranich’s locations to have your jewelry cleaned at anytime free of charge.

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A Jewelers Motivation for Inspecting Your Jewelry

Prongs that hold these stones in place run the risk of developing micro fractures if not cared for.

Today, let’s take a little blog real estate for some jewelry info good for all, not just customers of Kranich’s Jewelers. This simply lets you know why most jewelers suggest that customers get all tips, prongs, clasps and links on their pieces checked at least every 4-6 months. If you are a current Kranich’s Jewelers customer, you have no doubted been asked one time or another about our company Extended Service plan offered on almost every product for sale at the store and online.

When your jewelry is set, the points where the prongs are bent to hold your gemstones become a stress point. Sometimes, these points can develop tiny microscopic cracks which we call Stress induced corrosion. That is why sometimes very old pieces or pieces that have been sized and sized again become brittle or even break. Household cleansers, hand sanitizers or even highly chlorinated water can accelerate development of these little faults. This is the main reason we feel that it is good practice to bring your jewelry in for inspection on a regular basis.

A little added bonus when you bring your pieces in for inspection at most jewelers, it usually means your piece is going to be polished after inspection. Buildup from lotion, sweat and even just the environment sometimes gives your jewelry a dull look as time passes. So with a little buff and polish, sometimes it’s almost like getting a brand new piece of jewelry at the end of the day.
So we hope if you are still reading, you consider taking the time to have your jewelry inspected. It can make you pieces last a lifetime in the long run.

For any additional questions you may have about jewelry care 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.