|Caring for your Jewelry at home.
A mixture of water and
is the simplest formula for cleaning, using the following formula:
1 part water to 3 parts water
Mix in container large enough to accommodate the jewelry you are cleaning.
Place items in the container and allow to soak for a few minutes.
Remove and brush with a soft brush
(an old toothbrush is good)
This is Not Recommended for Turquoise or other soft stones
i.e. Opal, Pearls
Opal: Being somewhat soft, Opal scratches easily.
Gently clean jewelry containing Opal stones, by soaking in a solution of a mild detergent, and room temperature water. Then rinse the jewels to remove any residue and use a clean, soft lint-free cloth to dry. Clean doublets and triplets with the same method, but do not soak them. Soaking can dissolve the glue holding the layers together.
Pearls: Rub pearls individually with a clean, soft, lint-free cloth that has been dampened with a mixture of 2 cups warm water and a few drops of mild detergent.
Do not leave Pearl jewelry in soak - it can cause the string to stretch. Air dry your pearls overnight.
Pearls (like all jewelry) should only be worn after cosmetics and hair spray are applied as
these can discolor them.
Pearl Jewelry should be worn
frequently for greater luster. The pearls absorbs the skin's natural
oils - the more they are worn the more they shine.
Turquoise: Dip Turquoise jewelry in warm water and then gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. Rinse with warm water and air dry. Turquoise jewelry should never come in contact with cleaning fluids like ammonia.
Never use Silver cleaners either because they can discolor turquoise. Because Turquoise is a porous stone, it needs to be kept away from ammonia, which can stain or change the color of a stone.