Tips for Cleaning and Caring for Your Jewellery

Jewellery cleaning may feel like an unnecessary task, but your jewellery pieces don’t only hold financial value, but they tend to hold sentimental value as well. This is why it is crucial to take extra loving care of your jewellery pieces to keep them in long-lasting good condition.

Sometimes we may not even realise that our jewellery is not looking its best due to daily grime slowly reducing the shine and appearance of each piece gradually over time. Jewellery cleaning, as well as taking appropriate measures to keep it in good condition, can maintain the shine and sparkle of your jewellery over time.

How to clean different types of jewellery?

Bear in mind that the type of jewellery you wear will have an impact on the right jewellery cleaning method. For example, gemstones require more gentle methods of jewellery cleaning in comparison to gold jewellery.

What is the best way to clean gold jewellery?

The safest method of cleaning your gold jewellery would be to use regular glass cleaner. You should spray the glass cleaner directly on the piece and gently scrub the dirt away. Then, rinse with water to finish.

This method should not be used on jewellery with stones as the chemicals can be harmful to gemstones.

When cleaning gold jewellery you should avoid using toothpaste, baking soda or a metal cleaner because these could scratch your gold. You should also never use bleach as this will eat away at the gold alloys.

What is the best way to clean silver jewellery?

A good method to keep your silver jewellery clean is to use a jar of silver polishing cream on the jewellery. After you have done this you could use a polishing cloth for the finishing touch.

When cleaning silver jewellery you should avoid exposing it to harsh chemicals, such as acid, chlorine or other household cleaners. These liquids will cause tarnish as they could eat away at the silver. Due to these reasons, you should always take off your silver jewellery before you go swimming or use chemicals when cleaning.

What is the best way to clean gemstones?

Any jewellery with gemstones should be treated with that little bit of extra care. The safest way you could clean your gemstone jewellery would be to place it in a bowl of warm water (not too hot) with a couple of drops of your household washing-up liquid. Then, you should use a soft toothbrush to gently clean the jewellery piece. After this pat it dry gently with a soft towel.

It is vital that you do not use harsh, abrasive products on gemstones, such as chemical cleaning products because this could further damage the gemstones.

How to keep your jewellery clean in general?

There are a few simple habits you can get in the swing of in your day-to-day routine to keep your jewellery in fabulous and long-lasting condition.

  • Take off your rings before washing, cleaning or being at risk of any form of liquid coming in contact with your hands (paint for example)
  • Don’t spray perfume directly onto your jewellery
  • Remove jewellery before swimming, using a hot tub, steam room or sauna
  • Have your most valuable pieces checked frequently with a reliable jeweller

Leave it to the experts

To properly look after your jewellery, you should consider scheduling a professional cleaning or maintenance appointment with a jeweller at least once a year.

At Hatton Garden Diamond, we provide a top grade jewellery cleaning service, giving your piece a new lease of life. We have specialised tools and knowledge that will allow your jewellery to be cleaned without breakage and to get into areas that cannot be reached with conventional cleaning methods. We can also see if there is any wear and tear, and will happily facilitate any necessary repairs.

Are you a jewellery lover? Here at Hatton Garden Diamond, we provide top-quality jewellery cleaning and valuation services. On top of this, we also, of course, design and supply a multitude of high-quality jewellery pieces. We can even create the ring of your dreams through our custom ring service. All of our rings are made bespoke to your order and can be tailored to your specific requirements. To discuss your requirements, please contact us on 0207 404 9202 or book an appointment.