Guide to Jewelry Care and Repair HTML version
Guide To Jewelry Care And Repair
8. For best results, polish silver or gold with a jewelry polishing cloth. Use of
tissue or paper towels can cause scratches because of the fibers in these
9. An old toothbrush is very handy. Make sure that you use an old, soft
bristle brush. Lightly brush at hard to reach areas while frequently
applying cleaning solution.
10. Never use toothpaste or other abrasives to clean metal or stones. Some
websites recommend toothpaste as a cleaner, but this is not an accepted
practice by fine jewelers. The abrasives in toothpaste can damage the
surface of the metal. Toothpaste will also abrade the surface on amber,
lapis, turquoise and other soft stones.
11. An ultrasonic vibrating cleaner may be appropriate for some jewelry, but
always read the instructions first. Ultrasonic vibrating machines can loosen
or damage precious gemstones while cleaning the jewelry. And the
chemicals are not recommended for pearls and many other fine stones.
Also never ultrasonic different metals at the same time, silver can tarnish
gold if cleaned together.
12. Be careful when cleaning costume or vermeil jewelry, as it's very sensitive
to any cleaning solutions. Costume or vermeil jewelry is a base metal with
another layer of more precious metal (e.g. Gold) plated over or absorbed
into it. This layer is not made for abrasive cleaning.
13. Always use warm not HOT water. Cleaning agents can be absorbed and
react to very hot water causing jewelry to discolor. Sterling silver is
especially sensitive to hot water and can discolor in a heartbeat.
14. Be very careful when using any soaking method to clean jewelry that has
soft stones such as amber, lapis lazuli, or turquoise. Extended soaking in
any solution may harm the polish on the stone and cause it to discolor.