You can do a lot to help keep your gold and platinum jewelry stay bright and sparkly at home. Regular cleaning with a mild soap and running water will remove dirt and oils. An old toothbrush is an excellent tool for doing this. After cleaning the jewelry, place it (still wet) on a dish towel and put a palm full of baking soda on it. Scrub the baking soda over the jewelry with the wet toothbrush and your fingers (Don’t worry, it actually softens your skin!).Remember, this process will not scratch your jewelry as baking soda is non-abrasive. Rinse well in running warm water and pat dry on a towel. If the items need more cleaning, bring them to us for professional service.
Costume jewelry can safely be cleaned and brightened the same way.
Sterling silver will turn dark with exposure to the sulfide pollutants in the air. This can be reversed without hours of polishing. Start by hand washing the piece well with dish soap, rinsing well, and then wiping with Tarnex. Just wipe it on and rinse it off….never soak any jewelry or silver in cleaner for more than one minute. After rinsing the item well, rub it all over with baking soda with your hands, then rinse and dry well. It will return to a bright and shiny surface. If it needs more work than that, bring in for our jeweler to look at.
We do have an in store line of jewelry cleaner which is safe for 14KT yellow and white gold, platinum, and sterling silver metals. Lavish Jewelry Cleaner was recently featured at the Atlanta Jewelry Show as one of the industries leading personal jewelry cleaners. It can even be used to clean pearls, lapis, turquoise, and opals. The next time you stop in, ask one of our sales associates to clean your precious jewelry with this amazing product!