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Lesa Knows Best: Tips For Cleaning Your Jewelry

Posted Monday, May 01, 2017

Rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and MORE! We love receiving and gifting these small, sparkly treasures but how many of us think twice about cleaning them?

Jewelry cleaning is essential to keeping that engagement and/or wedding ring looking brand new. Don’t forget about those anniversary earrings or the heirloom pearls your grandmother gave you on your birthday. Over your lifetime, you will probably find yourself with a collection of jewelry that will remind you of some of the happiest moments of your life. Now, in order to keep those memories sparkly we need to learn how to take care of them. Here are my top three tips on keeping your jewelry looking great.

Tip #1: Soak
Enhance your gold, diamond and silver pieces by soaking them in ½ a cup of an antibacterial/degreaser solution such as Summer Citrus or Mr. Clean. and 1 cup of warm water for 10 minutes. Then scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush, targeting the smaller, hard to reach areas. Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry.

NOTE: Another cleaning alternative is club soda. Place diamonds, rubies and sapphires in a cup of it overnight to regain their original shine.

Tip #2: Rub
For pearl jewelry rub each one individually with a soft, clean cotton cloth dampened with a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid, like Joy or Woolite (DO NOT SOAK). Let air-dry overnight.

Tip #3: Pour
Get rid of silver tarnish by lining a tray (ex. glass casserole dish) with a piece of aluminum foil and place your jewelry on the foil. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda over the jewelry, then pour boiling water over it. After ten minutes remove the jewelry and rinse with water.

Throughout the year we often have jewelry cleaning and repair services on sale (if you’d rather leave jewelry cleaning to the experts). Be sure to check our Special Offers page for our current promotions.


Have Questions/Suggestions?

Stop by the shop or email your jewelry questions to info@golddefinitions.com. We’d love to hear from you!


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By Lesa Catt
My name is Lesa, owner at Gold Definitions Inc. and I would love to share my personal story with you. I have been fortunate to do what I love for over 26 years, a bench jeweler (jewelry repair). I completed my jewelry repair training in 7 years—setting stones and refurbishing worn jewelry to make it look brand new again.

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