Saturday,17 November, 2018
Current issue | Issue 1417, (8 - 14 November 2018)
Saturday,17 November, 2018
Issue 1417, (8 - 14 November 2018)

Ahram Weekly

Cleaning your jewellery naturally

Jewelry cleaning

Disappointed that your jewellery doesn’t look as amazing as the day you bought it? Cheer up – luckily you can easily clean every type of jewellery and keep it sparkling without using harsh chemicals or expensive cleaners.

Residues of lotion or soap or just everyday dirt can make jewellery look dull or flat.  To keep it looking good for longer, always remove your rings when washing your hands or applying lotions to keep settings grime-free. Wipe any body oil or perfume off pearls with a soft cloth. Silver becomes shinier the more it is worn, as friction can slow down the tarnishing. So, if you are not wearing your silver much, add some chalk to your silver box to draw the moisture away from the silver pieces.


Here are some tips to help your jewellery look clean and shiny:



Pearls

Pearls: 

Whether real, cultured or faux, pearls must be cleaned with care. Lay the strand out on a soft cloth. Dip a small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and a little shampoo and go over each pearl individually. Polish the pearls with a moist microfibre cleaning cloth. Let them dry flat to prevent the string from stretching. 



Silver

Silver: 

Silver can tarnish and blacken after it is worn. So, to brighten up pieces that are dull, filmy, or starting to discolour, mix a few drops of dish washing liquid into warm water, and then dip in a microfibre cleaning cloth. Rub the jewellery with it, and then rinse in cool water and dry with a clean soft cloth.

For more heavily tarnished silver, mix three tablespoons of baking soda with one tablespoon of water. Wet the silver and apply the cleaner with a microfibre cleaning cloth. Work the paste into the holes, turning the cloth as it gets grey, and then rinse and buff dry. Avoid rubbing silver plated jewelry too much as it could wear off the finish. You can also add one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon salt to a glass bowl covered in tin foil. Place the jewellery in the bowl, and then pour hot water over it to cover it. Soak for a few minutes, and then remove and place on a paper towel. Polish with a microfibre cleaning cloth to remove any residue.



Gold

Gold: 

Pour a few drops of dish-washing liquid into a small bowl of sparkling water or club soda to give gold a bubble bath. Put the jewellery into a small strainer and place it in the bowl to soak for five minutes. Swish it around, and then fish out each piece to go over settings and crevices with a soft toothbrush. Return each piece to the strainer and rinse under running water. Dry with a soft microfibre cleaning cloth to shine up your golden jewellery.



Costume jewelery

Costume jewellery:  

To de-gunk costume jewellery, especially if the stones are glued rather than set, dab a microfibre cleaning cloth with a bubbly solution of detergent and water. Gently wipe away any smudges or grime. Rub dry with a damp cloth and lay the pieces upside down so the moisture won’t soak into the setting. 

Don’t soak pieces in water or the glue could loosen and the gems could pop off.

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