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Friday, February 09, 2007

Tips for Cleaning Jewelry

Jewelry keeps us looking great, so what can we do to return the favor? As blind and visually impaired people, we can't see the little nasties that get trapped in our jewelry. You should get in the habit of cleaning your items on a regular basis. Here's a list of tips that will insure your jewelry (and you) continue to sparkle.

  • Amber Jewelry: Mineral oil on a soft cloth will do wonders for your amber pieces. Rub the oil on gently and then buff dry with a soft cloth.
  • Pearls, Cultured and Otherwise: Apply a little olive oil to a soft cloth to clean your pearl jewelry. Your pearls will shine!
  • Opals: Opals are very delicate and you must take special care when cleaning these stones. Never use soap or detergent. Give them a soft brush with warm water only.
  • Lapis and Turquoise: These beautiful stones can be easily cleaned with a soft cloth dipped in a little cool water and detergent. Rub gently and do not ever use soap.
  • Cameos: Mix a solution of ¼ teaspoon dish soap, 3 drops ammonia and ½ cup warm water. Dampen a soft cloth with the mixture and dab it carefully onto your cameo. Dry the piece with a cloth of chamois.
  • Silver Jewelry: Rub a soft cloth dipped in baking soda. For those small areas, use a toothbrush that isn't busy. After cleaning, rinse well and buff dry.
  • Gold Jewelry: Mix 2 tablespoons liquid hand soap, 1-cup warm water and ½ teaspoon ammonia. Wipe the solution onto the gold piece with a lint-free cloth and buff dry. You can also use rubbing alcohol applied with a soft cloth.
  • Diamond Jewelry: Bring 2 cups water, 4 drops ammonia and 1-tablespoon soap flakes to a boil. Place the item in a tea strainer and dip it into the solution for three seconds only. Remove and rinse off in cool water.

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