Your jewelry is an investment. You should bring it in for a free, professional cleaning and gemstone check at least once every 6 months. During this inspection, a jeweler will check for any damage and make sure all the gemstones are tight. It will then be polished and cleaned. In the meantime, there are some simple steps you can take to keep your jewelry looking great.
Your jewelry should be the last thing you put on when you are getting ready and the first thing you take off at night.
Remove your rings when you put on lotion. Just don’t forget to put them back on! When taking your rings on and off, don’t touch the top of the gemstones. Hold your ring by the metal sides instead and you will keep your gemstones looking brilliant.
Ultrasonic cleaners can be purchased and are very effective when used properly. If there are any loose gemstones, however, the vibration can make them fall out. Also, soft colored gemstones including emeralds, opals and pearls SHOULD NOT be cleaned this way as it can damage them. Think red, white and blue. Rubies, diamonds and sapphires are safe.
When cleaning by hand, you can place a towel in the sink to protect your jewelry from scratches or falling down the drain. Use a good quality jewelry cleaner and a soft toothbrush to get into those hard to reach places behind and between gemstones. Do not use an ammonia-based solution on anything porous such as opals, turquoise or coral. Toothpaste is not good for cleaning jewelry because it can scratch your gemstones and precious metals.
Pearls should be cleaned with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off since the slight acid in your perspiration, perfumes and lotions will affect pearls over time. Dirty pearls can be cleaned by rubbing them with a soft cloth dipped in a very diluted soap and water solution, but do not soak them. Lay your pearl strand flat on a towel to air dry after washing. Wearing them or hanging them when wet can stretch the silk. DO NOT use a toothbrush, ultrasonic cleaner, ammonia, or other abrasive cleaners, as this will damage the surface. You should store your pearls in a soft, open bag separate from other jewelry.
Again, it is so important to let a professional inspect your jewelry on a regular basis to keep it looking like new and lasting a lifetime.