Keeping your bling sparkly clean

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We all love our jewellery, we love wearing it and showing it off, however once in a while, like everything else in life, it needs cleaning.
Different types of jewellery—gold, silver, gold plated, silver plated, diamond, gemstones, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings, all need to be cleaned in different ways, with different types of materials. See more info about the different types of jewellery, find out here.

Gold jewellery can be cleaned with a mixture of warm water and dishwashing detergent. This method is simple as all you have to do is soak it in the mixture for a while, gently scrub it with a toothbrush, rinse in warm water and then dry it off. If you need to thoroughly clean your gold jewellery, ammonia might be a good idea, however it can affect the finish, so it is best saved for gold that isn’t cleaned very often. You can also clean gold jewellery with toothpaste, which is good if it is tarnished or has some grime. Cleaning gold jewellery in boiling water is only a good idea if it is plain gold with no gemstones or diamonds.

Silver jewellery can be cleaned with a mixture of salt water and aluminium foil in a bowl. The mixture of the salt water and aluminium foil draws any tarnish, grime or dirt off the silver. You can also deep clean silver jewellery with silver polish and rinse it off with water. Silver is a very strong and versatile metal and therefore can be a little easier to clean the gold. If you are cleaning sterling silver jewellery, such as pendants, it is best to regularly clean them by wiping with a damp cloth. Discover more details about sterling silver jewellery online Australia, click here.

Due to the fact that gold and silver plated jewellery are usually a mix of a small amount of pure gold/silver with other metals, the best way to clean them is with toothpaste and a bit of water. You can also clean costume jewellery and dress rings the same way as they would be made of similar materials.

If you want to avoid having to clean your jewellery by deep cleaning, soaking in detergent, soaking in salt water and aluminium foil or scrubbing, the best idea would be to wipe them clean with polish or cleaners regularly, maybe every day. Also be aware of how much moisturiser or skin creams you use as they can tarnish gold and silver jewellery and the tarnish can also affect your skin.

You can always choose to have your jewellery clean by professionals. This way you don’t have to worry if you over soak or clean with the wrong materials, or something going wrong in general. Some jewellers may provide you with a business card for cleaning services or may offer their own services, when you purchase jewellery from them.