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How To Safely Clean Your Jewelry

| By: Brittany Andrew

Cleaning Precious and Semi-Precious Metals For the most part, metals can be gently cleaned with diluted liquid soap mixed with warm water and a soft baby toothbrush. Silver, gold, and platinum can all be cleaned in this manner. Here are a few extra tips for cleaning metals: * Yurman recommends avoiding at-home steam and ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, as they can be too rough on fine pieces. * Only soak cable pieces in warm water for a couple of minutes, to avoid fading the intentional cable tarnish. * If an at-home cleaning with mild, warm soapy water isn’t sufficient then a piece should be taken to a local jeweler for professional cleaning. Cleaning Crystalline, Opaque, and Organic Gemstones Crystalline Semi-Precious Gemstones What they are: these stones come from rock/mineral sources and possess sparkling brilliance due to their transparencies. Examples of crystalline semi-precious gemstones are agate, citrine, amethyst, and smoky quartz. How to care for them: this type of stone can be cleaned with warm water with a few drops of Grandma’s Secret, liquid soap, or liquid dish detergent mixed in, and scrubbed with a soft baby toothbrush. Crystalline Precious Gemstones What they are: these are distinctive and more expensive because of their rarity in nature. Examples of crystalline precious gemstones include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds. How to care for them: this type of stone can be cleaned with warm water with a few drops of Grandma’s Secret, liquid soap, or detergent mixed in, and scrubbed with a soft baby toothbrush. Diamonds, rubies, and sapphires can be cleaned with a drop of ammonia added to the water, as long as they aren’t in sterling silver settings. Emeralds are too delicate for this technique. Opaque Semi-Precious Gemstones What they are: these stones also come from rock/mineral sources. Examples of this include turquoise, lapis lazuli, and opal. How to care for them: these stones can be safely wiped clean with a cloth dampened with water only. Soaps, detergents, and other cleaners aren’t safe for these types of stones. Organic Gemstones What they are: these stones are those which come from animal sources. Pearls, amber, ivory, and coral are all examples of stones that come from organic animal sources. How to care for them: this type of stone can be cleaned with warm water with a few drops of liquid soap mixed in, and a soft baby toothbrush. Detergent is not safe to use on organic gemstones. Jewelry Cleaning Tools Many semi-precious and precious gemstones and metals can be cleaned with soap and/or detergent. However, the differences between these two cleaning solutions must be understood so they can be properly used. Soap is gentler and is at least partially naturally derived, and is often labeled for hand or body use. Some popular liquid soap brands are Softsoap, Method, and Dial. Detergent is completely synthetic and made to be more powerful than soap. Liquid dish detergent, the same that that is used for handwashing, can be used to clean many semi-precious gemstones. Some popular liquid detergent brands are Dawn and Palmolive. Our Favorite Jewelry Cleaning Tools: * Grandma’s Secret Jewelry Cleaner (a light soapy solution) * Soft baby toothbrush * Tiffany & Co. polishing cloth

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