How to Remove Tarnish from Gemstone Jewelry

If your jewelry has gemstones or organic materials such as pearls, cleaning it safely can be tricky. Once your know the right method for the job, you can safely and effectively clean your gemstone jewelry. Below are 2 different categories of cleaning methods to address all of your gemstone jewelry cleaning needs: Category 1- Hard Non-Porous Gemstones: such as diamonds, tanzanite, sapphires, rubies, etc. Category 2- Soft Porous Gemstones and Organic Materials: such as pearls, shell, opal, turquoise, amber, emerald, etc. Cleaning Hard Non-Porous Gemstones: Jewelry that contains hard gemstones are the easiest to clean by using jewelry dips that are designed for non-porous gemstone jewelry.  My favorite dips to use are the Sunray Jewelry Cleaner and Hagerty Jewel Clean because they are all natural, and are safe and effective for all materials, even the porous ones. The Sunray Jewelry Cleaner works great on jewelry that is dirty or mildly tarnished (just starting to take on a … [Continue reading]

Natural Jewelry Care: How to Clean Your Jewelry Using Soap and Water

Sometimes, the simplest solutions are overlooked.  When it comes to cleaning jewelry, I always like to start simple with a focus on quick, easy, and environmentally friendly.  Using soap and water is one way to do just that. How To Clean Your Jewelry Using Soap and Water: Gather the following supplies: bowl, natural dish soap, soft bristled brush, natural paper towels or cloth, your jewelry to be cleaned Fill a bowl with warm water Add a drop or two of natural dish detergent (the specific amount will depend on the size of the bowl, but it should be minimal) Gently stir the water to mix the soap with the water Add your jewelry to the soapy water Gently “stir” your jewelry in the water, and if necessary, use a soft bristled brush to really clean your jewelry and get in the hard-to-reach spaces Remove, rinse well under running water, then … [Continue reading]

Natural Jewelry Care: How to Remove Tarnish From Your Jewelry Using Baking Soda

Use all natural baking soda to safely and effectively clean tarnish off your sterling silver or gold jewelry.  The entire process from start to finish should take you less than 10 minutes.  Learn how in this video I created: This method is best for: Solid Metal Sterling Silver or Gold Jewelry Jewelry that is mildly to moderately tarnished Avoid using on: Jewelry with organic materials such as pearls, or soft gemstones and natural materials such as amber, turquoise, shell, malachite, opal and coral Jewelry that is heavily tarnished (additional cleaning methods may be necessary) Supplies- what you will need: Baking Soda Boiling Water An aluminium baking dish (like a pie tin), OR a glass baking dish and aluminum foil A soft bristled brush The jewelry you want to clean Steps: Boil 1-2 cups of water and set it aside Line a glass baking dish with aluminum foil, making sure it … [Continue reading]

3 Highly Effective Ways to Prevent Tarnish

First, let’s start with defining what tarnish is and how it is formed. It can be the blackening or dulling of your jewelry or it can be the goldish tint that your sterling silver takes on before turning black or gray.  The picture of the cup shows the various stages of tarnish. Tarnish is caused by sulfides in the air and also by chemical exposure.  So, how do you prevent it from forming? The 3 most effective ways I have found to prevent tarnish are: Last On, First Off: There is a common saying that your jewelry should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. This is very true. Be sure to put your jewelry on AFTER you apply any perfumes or lotions to your skin or products to your hair, and try to avoid direct contact of your jewelry with these products. … [Continue reading]

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