Cleaning and caring for your jewelry at home is possible, but there are a lot of misleading myths about the proper methods you should use. Some chemicals and substances that are advertised as being miracle jewelry cleaners are too abrasive and can damage delicate gems and metals, and jewelry should always be stored in a jewelry box, not loose on your dresser.
Here are some of the main jewelry care myths and several proper tasks that you should be doing to care for your jewelry:
- Use Boiling Water: Many people think that boiling water works similarly to the ultrasonic cleaners that professional jewelers use in jewelry stores, but, in reality, boiling water is much too hot for jewelry. Ultrasonic cleaners use high frequency sound waves and gentle heat to clean, but boiling water reaches 212 degrees Fahrenheit, and can affect precious metal, and can cause gems to fall out of your pieces. They can also cause certain stones to fracture, including emerald, opal, garnet, tanzanite, peridot and tourmaline.
- Scrub with Toothpaste: Toothpaste has a hardness around ¾ Mohs, which is higher than gold and several other precious metals and gems. This means it can scratch and seriously damage your jewelry, and should not be used. It can scratch emeralds and tanzanite, and could ruin the color and luster of opals and pearls.
- Soak in Chlorine: Chlorine breaks down alloys in gold, and can cause pitting in other metals and gems, which will eventually cause them to break or fracture. Make sure you remove your jewelry before cleaning with chlorine, and never clean with the chemical.
- Soak in Alcohol: This rumor is similar to the previous one, but is equally harmful. The alcohol will not remove grease, but will, rather, leave its own coating on metals and absorb oils out of gemstones, leaving them dry and cracking.
Now that you know what not to do with your jewelry, here are some things that you should do to ensure your jewelry stays as clean as possible, and clean to it when the time comes:
- Use a Jewelry Box: You should keep you r jewelry in jewelry boxes that have a hard exterior and a soft interior. Your box should help protect items from dust and pressure, and should preferably have multiple compartments to protect different pieces of jewelry. A jewelry box will keep your pieces dry and protected from heat.
- Use a Soft Cloth: Use a soft cloth to wipe jewelry after each use, and get frequently worn pieces cleaned at your jeweler every six to eight months. This will help prevent build up and make sure your jewelry is in good condition for years to come.
- Store Separately: Your necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings should be stored separately so that they don’t damage each other. Hanging necklaces should be hung, and beaded pieces should be laid flat.
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