How to clean jewelry

- Dec 05, 2018-

Anyone who is not familiar with 'Antique Jewelry', the range of antique jewellery we talk about today refers to those jewels more than a hundred years ago, and within a hundred years like Art Deco, Not in it.



Therefore, since it has been in existence for more than a hundred years, the gems and metals used in the jewelry may be covered with some dirt. You can't wait to pick up a polished cloth, want to wipe out the sediment for years, let the antique jewelry reproduce the brilliance, but before that, please wait a minute...


The way you clean an antique jewellery is not always correct. Here, we have listed some basic rules. If you master these, you won't ruin your baby. Keep in mind that the rules and recommendations here are only for most of the high-end antique jewellery, and the special category of Cameo embossing and hair accessories requires extra care and is therefore not listed.



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Don't throw away the "pasting" on the gold ornaments.


Padding or rust is made by many years of history. Some jewellery that engraves antique jewellery even deliberately makes these traces to make new things look older. For jewellery in the Georgian, Georgian, and Victorian, excessive polishing is a must. You don't want those inlaid gold to be lighter, and you don't want them to be as bright as they were born.


If you want to adjust the hand of an antique ring, you have to be careful. After adding or removing gold from the bottom of the ring, you have to suggest that the craftsman master polish slightly to make the ring as old as possible and to ensure symmetry. Polished too bright, the whole ring will become very strange!



Do not use an ultrasonic machine


Sometimes, you can throw antique jewellery in an ultrasonic machine for quick cleaning. I mean, it's really fast. If the setting is very tight and the claws are strong, then you can put the jewelry into the machine to clean, but most of the time, the machine seems to be slightly strong, and the strong vibration always does more harm than good.



Don't soak long jewelry


Liquid can cause damage to certain antique jewels, such as Cameo embossing, opal, rice beads or some softer gems. For fragile jewellery, it is best not to immerse in the liquid at all.



Do not use chemicals like ammonia to clean


The Internet often tells you how amazing and wonderful ammonia is, and it will make your diamonds shine – but this may only be for the new jewels under moderate conditions; antique jewellery needs more and more worthy of a gentle way. Strict avoidance of various detergents and bleaches is the right choice.


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Use a mild cleaning solution


Sometimes the best way to clean your antique jewelry is to use your own DIY cleaning solution. Most detergents in jewelry stores often cost you a lot of money, not necessarily very effective, and some even contain chemicals that damage your jewelry.


To make your own cleanser, you can use mild water, add some soap, and then let the water foam. The key to the cleaning process is the skill, not the solution itself.



Use a soft toothbrush and a lint-free cloth


Once you have finished the preparation of the cleaner, it is time for you to clean the jewelry. Either you put the jewelry in soapy water, soak it for a few minutes to clean the dirt, or you damp your toothbrush to wipe the jewelry. Before you start, everything depends on the hardness of the stone and the firmness of the inlay.


When brushing lightly, pay attention to the bottom of your gemstone and slowly cycle it. If there is a piece that is particularly dirty, don't try to use too much force, be patient, bubble soapy water, and so on...



To ensure thorough cleaning and drying


You don't want to take a bubble bath for your fragile jewelry, but you also have to make sure that it doesn't leave any soap after washing. After warm water filtration, you can pat it dry or gently wipe it with a polishing cloth. In short, make sure the jewelry is completely dry before putting it on.


Have the right expectations


Antique jewelry will never be like new. If you want to make your antiques fresher by cleaning the jewelry, then you have to think about it. Dirt, bacteria and other disgusting things can of course be removed, but the patina that symbolizes the antique qualities you won't want to take away. What about the scratches on the gold? Also don't worry about keeping it. Gold is dark? natural phenomenon. If you suspect this, it is better to consider some modern replicas...