Caring For Your Jewelry
If you are careful about wearing and storing your jewelry, you can reduce the amount of maintenance you need to do in order to keep your jewelry clean and polished.
- Do not use soap or bleach while cleaning jewelry. Soap can leave an unpleasant film which you then need to remove, and bleach can completely destroy jewelry. Instead, stick with a simple solution made out of rubbing alcohol and water. This is safe and will not damage your jewelry in any way. It is also very effective at cleaning and disinfecting.
- If you need to remove dust, you can either rinse the dust off by running water over your piece, or you can try using an canned air, the same that you use for your computer.
- Do not clean your jewelry with hot water, especially while using cleaning fluids, as this can cause discoloration. Warm water is less likely to cause chemical reactions.
- Use a polishing cloth. A polishing cloth is an inexpensive, very helpful specialty item to purchase. Polishing cloths are very effective, and do not scratch delicate jewelry or damage soft metal.
You should have good results if you stick to polishing cloths, canned air, warm water, and rubbing alcohol. Avoid chemicals, especially bleach, and stay away from abrasive cloths which can scratch metal.