Even the most beautiful and well-made jewelry may dull over time. The more a piece is worn, the more likely it is to come into contact with dust, body oils, cosmetics etc., which may interfere with the way it reflects light. Restoring gemstones to their former glory is as simple as knowing the appropriate techniques to cleaning your different types of jewelry. Please be aware that any type of cleaning presents a risk of breakage and or damage to the gemstone. The information being given is safe if done properly and with the understanding that no liability or responsibility is incurred by Valentin Magro New York.
For the inexperienced, there’s no shortage of tools and advice. From ultrasonic cleaners and brand name polishes to YouTube tutorials, determining the best method for your jewelry can be a confusing and dizzying experience. Some approaches can be altogether harmful for porous or more delicate stones; such as pearls, turquoise, opal, coral etc.
For those who wish to clean their jewelry with minimal risk; slightly immersing the piece in a mixture of baking soda or ammonia in room temperature water is effective at removing debris. Scrubbing gently with a soft artist brush helps to dislodge dirt from the pavilion areas of stones in hard to reach areas such as under the setting and also from around the setting.(Never clean with a hard bristle brush such as a toothbrush). For delicate gemstones such as pearls, turquoise, etc., a lint free cloth dampened with warm water and mild detergent will safely clean the gemstones.
The best way to keep your jewelry pristine is prevention. Preferably Jewelry should be worn after applying cosmetics, perfume and hair products will reduce gemstones’ exposure to luster dulling substances. Removing your jewelry immediately after use further lessens contact with lotions and similar materials. Through these steps you can enjoy your jewelry for years to come.