Jewelry Cleaning: Home Method#2
This will be the second of two articles about cleaning jewelry using home methods. The methods discussed here can be used and some have more value and are more practical than the others. These are what I will classify as "quick fixes", and while I am not an advocate of quick fixes, especially when it comes to valuable jewelry, I will briefly present these for your consideration.
A word of caution is in order when using the following methods. All of the ORGANIC GEMSTONES SHOULD NOT BE IMMERSED IN THESE SOLUTIONS AS IT WILL DAMAGE THE STONES AND LESSON THE VALUE OF YOUR JEWELRY ITEM. This is especially true with high-end jewelry and antique pieces. Always consult a jeweler before using these methods on your valuable jewelry items.
No matter how large or small your jewelry items are, it is essential to keep them looking like new. Jewelry such as rings, bracelets, necklaces, earrings will build up a fine layer of grime consisting of skin and body oils that can cover the surface and completely dull the natural shine. If you are running short on time and need to give your jewelry piece a quick cleaning before going out or on a short trip try one of these methods using the available items in your house.
Using a solution of 1/2 cup of clear ammonia and 1 cup of water, soak them for about 10 minutes. After soaking wipe them gently with a soft dry cloth and let them dry.
Soak you diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and other mineral gems in club soda to give them a bright sheen. Let them soak for several hours and then check the cleaning progress.
Simply drop your jewelry piece into a cup of water with a denture tablet, let it set for a few minutes and behold their old sparkle and shine. Easy Huh!!
Yep, you guessed it, Ketchup
Let this tasty food enhancer do some cleaning for you. Simply dunk your jewelry item or items into a a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes and you will be surprised at the results. If the item has a detailed surface you may need to use a soft bristle brush to clean the crevices. Rinse and dry your jewelry with a soft dry cloth and you are good to go.
Put a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush (don't use your mates toothbrush unless you are ready to start life anew) and use it to make your jewelry item sparkle. Rinse, and clean off the residue with a soft bristle brush and a damp cloth.
Make any of your flatware or silverware...along with all of your silver jewelry pieces look like new. Soaking them in a solution of 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda for 2 to 3 hours will bring about some good results. Check they occasionally during this period of time. Rinse and dry with a soft dry cloth.
Use your everyday window cleaner to clean any kind of glass, stone, metal, and crystalline jewelry. Spray it on the jewelry piece and scrub with a toothbrush, then rinse and wipe dry.
NOTE: All of these household items contain cleaners such as ammonia, detergents and mild acids. Do not use them with soft gems such as pearls, ambers, opals, jet, and ivory as they will damage these stones.
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