Cleaning and storage of your jewellery is very important to help to avoid tarnish and damage to your jewellery.
Avoid contact with harsh chemicals or abrasive surfaces. Never wear jewellery when doing rough manual work or activities. Apply make-up, perfume and hairspray before you put on your jewellery. Many stones cannot tolerate jewellery cleaner, so avoid jewellery cleaner if your jewellery has any stones. Using anti-tarnish tabs helps to slow down the build up of tarnish. Keeping your jewellery wrapped in individual soft cloths or tissue paper will help to reduce tarnish and protect your jewellery from scratches and chips and then store in sealable plastic bags. Do not store brooches wrapped in a soft cloth as they could get entangled and damage the pin. Store each brooch in an individual cardboard box with a foam base or wrapped in tissue paper. Do not expose your jewellery to intense light for long periods of time.
Clean using washing up liquid and water. Dry thoroughly and polish with a soft cloth. You can use a soft toothbrush to remove light tarnish. Polish with a soft cloth regularly. Avoid harsh chemical cleaners. If tarnish is stubborn brush on washing up liquid with a soft brush and leave for 5-10 minutes. rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Clean as per sterling silver instructions above.
Place your jewellery in a glass or plastic container. Cover with lemon juice or vinegar. Leave for 5-10 minutes. Rinse and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
Rub a little olive oil on your pearls and wipe with a dry chamois cloth.
Baby wipes are great for cleaning Swarovski crystal. Hold between your thumb and fingers and roll backwards and forwards a few times and then move along. Dry off using a soft cloth. You can also make a solution that contains water, surgical spirit and washing up liquid. In a plastic container with a sealable lid add 3/4 cup of water, 1tsp srgical spirit and 1/2tsp washing up liquid. Close the lid and shake well. Place your jewellery inside and close the lid. Gently swirl the container for 30 seconds and then let it stand for 1 minute. Remove the jewellery and then run under warm water to remove the soap. Dry with a soft cloth. This will restore the crystals to their original shine and look like new.
Clean by wiping with a damp cloth. Most semi-precious stones cannot tolerate being immersed in water. Dry with a soft cloth.
Clean felted beads by wiping with a dry sponge. for a more thorough treatment, hold the material over the steam from a kettle (take care not to scold yourself), brushing lightly with a dry sponge or lint free cloth to smooth the surface. Re-shape beads if necessary and dry naturally.
Clean ear posts and wires with surgical spirit after each use.
Cleaning & Storage Of Your Jewellery
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24 June 2009
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