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Basic Jewelry Cleaning Tips

One thing to remember when cleaning the family jewels is to be gentle. More often than not (as with yellow and white gold, platinum, titanium, and tungsten) the only things required are warm water, gentle dish soap, a soft cloth, and maybe a soft-bristled tooth brush. Silver jewelry, on the other hand, may require some aluminum foil, baking soda, and boiling water, while copper jewelry requires vinegar and table salt. The other important thing to remember is, during drying, if you shake it off more than twice, you’re playing with it.

How to Clean Gold

Unless you’re two-and-a-half feet tall and have a wardrobe comprised entirely of bright green hats, pointy shoes, vests, and short-pants, you’re gonna need something other than a magic rainbow with which to clean your gold. Happily, gold is among the easiest of the precious metals to clean. All you need is a little . . . well . . . check out the article. You’ll see.

How to Clean Pearls

While I have to assume that it’s not nearly as much fun to clean a pearl necklace off as it is to actually receive one, it most certainly needs to be done. Maybe not right away, as you don’t want to spoil the mood, but it’s important to do it in a timely fashion. Luckily, this is easily done with a little warm water and some gentle detergent. Use the methods in this article for cleaning pearl necklaces, bracelets, brooches, and more.