You can keep your jewellery looking wonderful at home with just some warm water, washing up liquid, a soft toothbrush and a soft cloth.
This is truly the best way to keep your pieces clean. This is the perfect job for an autumn clean, especially after a summer of sun cream! Don't use any harsh chemicals on your jewellery - especially those with gemstones in!
1: Grab a small bowl or cup with some warm soapy water (washing up liquid is best) and an old soft toothbrush.
2: Place the jewellery in the warm soapy water for a few minutes and then brush gently with the soft toothbrush. Pay attention to the back of the settings as this is often where grease and grime gets trapped.
3 : Rinse with clean water, and wipe with a soft cloth. Always empty the bowl or cup through a sieve to prevent anything getting lost.
When brushing and rinsing don’t do it under a running tap above an open plug hole just in case!
Always check the ring and the water before pouring away in case any stones have been dislodged. This is very unlikely but it’s always good to check first. Don't forget to use a sieve!
Don’t do this with pearl jewellery! To clean jewellery with pearls gently clean with a dry lint free soft cloth.
When all sparkly and clean store your jewellery in a soft lined box or individual pouch to avoid pieces touching each other or getting tangled. This will help prevent scratches.
Top tips for keeping your jewellery looking wonderful.
Try to avoid wearing your jewellery when using any chemical cleaning products or when in chlorinated water. Remove and store safely.
Do not spray perfume on to your jewellery.
Avoid wearing your jewellery when doing activities which may lead to damage or scratching such as DIY or gardening.
Avoid wearing your jewellery when at the beach or in the sea. Just think of all those tiny grains or sands gradually scratching your beautiful piece!
Obviously that’s an ideal world and often it’s not possible, especially when you want to wear your jewellery everyday!
If you’re concerned about a piece of jewellery or notice a loose stone don’t leave it. Contact your jeweller and book an appointment to have your piece cleaned and looked at in their studio.
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