Even the finest jewelry will not be appreciated by friends and passersby unless it is sparkling clean. If you want your dealer-purchased gold necklace and diamond ring to look their best without having to schedule regular visits to a jewelry cleaning professional, you are in luck. Just follow these tips for the type of jewelry you wish to clean below.
A diamond is one hard rock, and cleaning it properly usually takes the power of designated diamond cleaner or an ammonia-water mixture. Mix one cup warm water with one-fourth cup ammonia, soak diamonds for 20 minutes, and then scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If only mildly tarnished, you may be able to clean your diamonds with toothpaste.
A great solution for cleaning gold consists of a couple cups warm water and a few drops of mild dishwashing soap. Soak gold coins and rings in the mixture for 15 minutes, rinse with clean water, and dry with a lint-free cloth. If this solution does not make your gold shimmer again, gently scrub your gold with a soft-bristled toothbrush after soaking it.
Tarnished silver can be renewed with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Apply non-gel toothpaste to a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently work at bringing back that silver luster. Rinse, and repeat or try another silver cleaning method if you are not satisfied with the results.
As you have just read, maintaining your jewelry’s luster need not be expensive. It does not even require fancy jewelry cleaner. If the reason you stumbled upon this post on jewelry cleaning tips is because you wish to get your gold and other precious jewelry looking good before you sell it to a Gaithersburg gold dealer, be sure to check out Coins of the Realm. To learn more about our gold and jewelry appraisals or process of selling to our experienced jewelers, call (301) 340-1640.