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Let's Start With Silver
The best and safest way to clean your favorite silver pieces is with a good silver polish like we sell in store! However, there are also ways to clean your silver at home with common household items. Experts urge to not overdo the at-home cleaning, as silver polish is the best option.
For a gentle, quick clean, try Dish Soap. Mix a few drops of dish soap, like Dawn, with warm water. Dab a soft cloth in the solution and gently rub the silver to remove tarnish. Then, rinse with cold water and buff dry with another soft cloth.
If you have a piece with heavier tarnish, try Baking Soda. Combine 3 parts baking soda with one part water, and apply the paste with a soft, lint-free cloth. As the cloth removes the tarnish, fold or turn to continue using a clean area of cloth. Rinse well and buff dry to finish.
Toothpaste can also remove tarnish from silver in the same way it removes stains from your teeth. Make sure you use white paste toothpaste, not gel. Apply a smidgen to your finger or soft cloth, and gently rub into the silver. You will then rinse well with warm water and buff dry with a soft cloth. If your jewelry is silver-plated, avoid excessive rubbing to not rub away the metal finish.
Cleaning Gold is Easy
Give your solid gold jewelry a gentle bath in a solution of warm water and a few drops of dish soap. Put smaller pieces in a strainer before submerging in your solution. Let the concoction sit for about 5 minutes, then swish the pieces around before laying on a soft cloth. You may take a toothbrush over the crevices and chain links to remove trapped grime. Return the smaller pieces to the strainer, rinse everything under water, and buff dry with a soft cloth.
To restore gemstones, precious and semi-precious, to their original sparkle, clean them very similarly to gold. In addition to the dish soap, use seltzer water instead of plain water. The carbonation will help remove dirt and debris trapped in the setting or facets. Next, brush your stones and settings with a soft-bristle toothbrush, and rinse in clear water. Buff dry with a soft cloth and admire the beauty!
Polishing Porous Stones
Pearls may easily lose their luster because they are porous and hold onto dirt easier. Real or faux, they must be cleaned carefully. Firstly, never soak your pearls. Start by laying your strand on a soft cloth. Then dip a small, clean makeup brush in a combination of warm water and a mild shampoo. Make sure the solution covers the entire surface of the pearl(s), and rinse with a clean, well-wrung damp cloth. Lay the strand flat to dry to prevent stretching. This method is also great for other porous stones such as opal or turquoise.