Tips for Keeping Your Jewelry Clean

As someone who frequently cleans jewelry for my clientele, I'd love to share some insights that can help keep your precious pieces looking their best. Think of your fine jewelry as you would your favorite outfits that you'd usually take to a professional cleaner. But did you know there's a lot you can do at home too? I often recommend using Haggerty Cleaner for a quick refresh. Just dip your jewelry, give it a rinse, and voila—your silver and gold pieces will continue to sparkle. Yet, when tarnish overtakes the shine, it might be time to consult with a pro for a deep clean.

To maintain that gleam between professional cleanings, my go-to routine involves a few key steps. Take, for instance, Speed Bright, an ionic cleaner I swear by. It releases tiny bubbles that tackle the lotions and natural oils that can dull your jewelry. This approach is especially effective for items that aren't frequently treated to a liquid silver clean.

When dealing with gemstones that have lost their luster due to oil buildup, a dab of Dawn dish soap and a soft toothbrush can work wonders. It's a straightforward tactic that leaves your stones—and your entire piece—radiantly clean.

For tarnished chains, baking soda is my secret weapon. Mixing it with a little water to form a paste, I gently apply it to the chain. This technique, ideal for sturdier chains, acts as a mild abrasive that enhances the metal's shine without compromising the patina within the links, creating an appealing contrast.

However, tread lightly with liquid silver cleaners around pearls. To dry intricately designed pieces, I opt for corn husks over cloth to prevent damage. And for those precious pearl-adorned items, a dip in a pearl-friendly solution like Sunray's ensures they remain unscathed.

Should you ever find yourself unsure, don't hesitate to bring your jewelry in or reach out for guidance. We're here to ensure your pieces always look their best.

Here's a bonus tip: to prevent knots in your jewelry chains, always fasten the clasps before storing them. This simple habit can save you from potential tangles that might require costly repairs. Keeping your chains clasped can spare you the hassle and expense.