I needed to do a routine task today and as I started to do it
it occurred to me that it might be a great tip to share.
So, here it is.
I've mentioned before that was my dad was a manufacturing jeweler as was my uncle before him.
This is a tip my dad taught me and just about everyone else he knew.
This is the best way to clean your jewelry (except for pearls!).
Handsoap, lotion, dead skin cells and oil can get on your jewelry and then trapped
under diamond mountings and into little crevices and keep your jewelry from sparkling.
The commercial jewelry cleaners you can buy can be harsh.
Even professional jewelers don't really use those.
My dad used boiling water, baking soda, sometimes ammonia to boil jewelry clean.
Then he polished it with a polishing machine.
You will need: baking soda, a little glass or cup, warm water and dirty jewelry.
Place at least a tablespoon or two of baking soda in cup.
I only do a few pieces of jewelry at a time. If you were doing many pieces,
I would add more baking soda.
Add warm or hot water (from the tap, don't boil) to the baking soda.
You only need enough to cover the baking soda and jewelry plus a bit.
Add your jewelry.
It will become cloudy and start to fizz. Let it sit for a few minutes.
Then, gently swish or shake the glass a bit to create a little cleaning action.
Then, let it sit a little longer, maybe 5 minutes.
You can actually let it sit as long as you want but if it sits for quite a while,
I occasionally gently swish it as I walk by.
I"m not gonna lie, it can be a little gross. If your jewelry is really clogged with
soap and lotion, you can see gunk in the bottom of the glass or sometimes
floating around when you swish it.
gunk? Is that just a Texas word? It means gross junk.
Then, rinse the jewelry in water. Rinse well.
If you are clumsy, please cover your drain so you don't drop your
sparkly clean jewelry down it.
It's hard to capture sparkly in a photo.
If you want your jewelry extra clean, use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub it.
Let dry on a paper towel.
Note: do not do this with pearls. You should never clean pearls with anything and
you should avoid spraying perfume or hairspray or anything else on your pearls.
The natural oils from your skin are actually good for your pearls.
Be gentle when cleaning jewelry. If you use harsh chemicals or rough scrubbing action,
you can loosen stones and wear down mountings over time.
A little baking soda and water is all you need.