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How to clean your Jewellery

November 06, 2017

At Streetguild we sell a wide range of jewelleries so its no chance that our customers will seek out ways to keep their precious collection clean and long lasting. So weve pt together simple guide to how to keep your jewelry clean. so here goes.

Also if you know a better please email us and well be happy to update this.

 

Gold
Gold doesn’t tarnish as easily as silver but it can accumulate grime and dirt  overtime with regular use.
Using the toothpaste method is the best method that works, but its best to use a soft to medium-soft toothbrush and scrub with care so you don't scratch the beautiful polish.
You can also go old-fashion with a dishwashing liquid. Squirt a few drops of detergent into a bowl of warm water and leave your gold jewellery to soak for 15 minutes. Scrub it with an old toothbrush and then rinse in warm water before blotting dry then using a silk cloth to wipe out any dried water marks left behind.

Heres a youtube video 


Video by TNBN Tv Live

 

Silver
Over time, silver's finish can become depressingly dull. The scrubbing method be too abrasive here, but surprisingly an easy hands-free technique exist: all you need is water, salt, tinfoil and bicarbonate of soda which you can buy wherever you are in the world.

First cover a plate with a sheet of tinfoil and add one tablespoon each of salt and bicarbonate. Next, pour one cup of hot water (not boiling) over the mixture and stir gently to dissolve. Finally place your silver jewellery into the solution and leave for 10 minutes – the combination of salt, bicarbonate and aluminium creates a chemical reaction that oxidises the tarnish straight off your silver. Like going back to Science class? 


Video by Corey Egan

 

Costume jewellery
costume jewellery are cheap and benefits from cleaning as much as the more expensive metals. All it needs is a gentle scrub with a common basic toothpaste and an old soft-bristle toothbrush (Avoid toothpastes with Gel, Whitening or Tartar-control Chemical). Adding baking soda in toothpaste will help rub off the dirt. 

After scrubbing the jewellery for around five to 10 minutes, rinse it with warm water (not boiling hot ! ) and dry thoroughly with a dry cloth.

 

Gemstones
If your jewellery has stones glued into their setting (like most earrings and Rings), you’ll need to take extra care when cleaning. These SHOULD NOT be submerged in warm water, as this may loosen the glue and cause them to drop out. The only way is to spot clean the gems by wiping them with a cloth soaked in some soapy water; then, wiping off the suds with a cloth dampened with water. Dry thoroughly.

While hard stones such as diamonds, rubies and imitation gems are hard, they still need special treatment even for softer stones leke as pearls. Different kinds of gemstones need different cleaning methods, so much so you'll need a qualification in gemology (made up name) so its best to go to a specialist jewellery cleaner to do it for you or have your fancy butler clean it for you.


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