Jewellery, especially jewellery that is worn all the time can very quick become dull, tarnished or simply look a bit tried. Hand lotion, soaps, and everyday dust and dirt are just a few things that can clog your jewellery and make it lose its shine. You may be tempted to take it in to a jeweller’s to have professional clean, but if the jewellery is not worth much money you might be able to give it a clean yourself, saving on costs.
You need to know what metal your jewellery is and if it has any precious stones in it as this can alter the chemicals you should use to clean it.
Silver – The best way to clean tarnished silver pieces and keep them from re-tarnishing as quickly is with a good silver polish. These polishes contain ingredients that dissolve and remove tarnish while leaving behind a protective coating to prevent new tarnish from forming. You can get liquid polish or even wipes that can be less messy to use.
Gold – Give solid gold bracelets, chains and earrings a bath in a solution of a few drops of dish soap and a little warm water. Put small jewellery pieces into a sieve before placing in the solution, large pieces can go directly into the bowl. Leave to soak for about 5 minutes. Move the items around, then take them out, lay them on a soft cloth and go over the crevices and chain links with a soft toothbrush to dislodge any dirt trapped there. Rinse everything under running water and buff dry with a soft cloth.