Jewelry storing and cleaning recommendations. Silver jewelry, Costume jewelry, gemstone jewelry.

How to Keep Silver Jewelry Clean

Sterling silver jewelry is a beautiful way to accessorize. It is a common staple in most people’s jewelry collections for its brilliance, its luster, and its versatility that allows it to effortlessly mix and match with multiple looks. However, it’s often neglected as long-term, statement pieces and thrown out because of one reality: silver jewelry tarnishes easily. Caring for and cleaning your silver jewelry will improve its look and longevity.

Cleaning Your Silver with Toothpaste

Squeeze a pea-sized amount of toothpaste onto your finger. Any toothpaste can work, but it is recommended to use toothpaste used for tartar control. The extra hydrated silica in those brands help remove tarnish more easily. Scrub the toothpaste all over the silver piece. A cotton cloth or paper towel can also be used to help massage toothpaste onto silver jewelry surfaces. The tarnish should come off instantly. Rinse the toothpaste off of the silver. Use warm water to get rid of the toothpaste. If you notice that some tarnish still remains, squeeze more toothpaste onto the silver and give it another rinse. Once it is cleaned to your liking, pat the piece dry.

Preventing Tarnish on Your Silver Jewelry

Store your silver when you aren’t wearing it. Exposure to air creates tarnish on silver jewelry. Use a plastic zipper-locked bag to store silver and keep air from hitting it.
  • Place one piece of silver jewelry into the plastic bag and then close it halfway.
  • Squeeze the bag so that whatever air remaining in it is released. Seal the remainder of the bag off completely.
  • Specialized bags from jewelry stores are also amazing alternative containers to prevent tarnish and keep silver clean.
Take jewelry off before you shower, swim, or get into a hot tub. All those things contain elements that lead to tarnish on silver jewelry. The chlorine, humidity, and/or moisture should be avoided at all cost since it acts as a demise for the shine and luster of silver jewelry pieces.
Abstain from using heavily scented products on your hair and skin. Oils and ingredients from perfume, body lotion, and hairspray can tarnish jewelry. Either keep your products light or don’t wear them at all while you’re wearing your jewelry.

How to clean costume jewelry

Costume jewelry can be really pretty even if it is not made of precious gems. But keeping it beautiful can be a task. Costume jewelry can’t take wear-and-tear the way fine jewelry can. It tarnishes from water, air exposure and even creams and lotions. So, learning how to care for your items so that they remain beautiful for as long as possible is key, especially if you want to wear them for years to come

Uusing a Q-tip or toothbrush to clean the jewelry. These common products most people have in their homes work well to get at tough-to-clean crevices or around gemstones. You could also try a magic eraser.

  • Your Q-Tip should start to show signs of dirt and grime removal. The end of it should start to get dirty.
  • Make sure the toothbrush is new, and that it hasn't been used before. You don't want to transfer material on an old toothbrush onto the jewelry. Obviously, don't use the toothbrush again after you use it to clean jewelry.
  • Rub the dry soft toothbrush or Q-Tip on the jewelry to remove verdigris. Verdigris is the green gunk that builds up on some costume jewelry. Q-Tips and soft toothbrushes are a bit more abrasive when they’re dry, so they may do a better job of scraping off the gunk. If you still can’t get it off, try using a toothpick
  • Try using lemon on the fake jewelry. Lemon has been used for a long time to rid jewelry of the oxide layer that forms on metals with the passage of time. You might want to add a little baking soda to the lemon.
    • Lemon is a natural acid and rubbing a half cut lemon on jewelry can hasten the process of cleaning. You can put the silver jewelry in a cup with lemonade with some salt for a night. Lemon works especially well on silver.
    • You could juice a lemon in a small plate, and then rub this juice over the jewelry that you intend to clean, and then use a rough cloth (or scotch bright) to rub vigorously against the jewelry.
    Try using a white vinegar and water solution. Soak the jewelry in the solution, and then use soft toothbrush to get into corners and holes.
    • Cleaning fake jewelry in vinegar can leave the chains shiny. The soft bristle tooth brush can help if the jewelry contains gems by getting in cracks. You can simply apply the vinegar to a sponge, and use it to clean the jewelry.
    • Another natural product that can be used to clean jewelry is olive oil. Olive oil will make it shine, but make sure to wash it off. You could also use a dental tablet and dissolve it in water. Then, let the jewelry soak for a bit and scrub gently with a toothbrush
    Try using hand soap and warm water. This not only increases the chances of making the jewelry look pretty, but it also makes it smell good. Put as little water on the jewelry as possible, though, and limit your jewelry's exposure to the water. Water can tarnish and rust costume jewelry if it sits for too long.
    • Use a wash cloth to gently clean the jewelry. It’s usually not a good idea to let fake jewelry soak in water for a long time as it can ruin the look or finish of the jewelry. This approach can work well on gold jewelry with gem stones.
    • Or, pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dish-washing liquid into bowl. Place the jewelry on top of foil, and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse the jewelry in cool water, and dry the jewelry completely with soft cloth.
    Use lens cleaner or toothpaste. There are many different cleaning products around the house that people often use to clean fake jewelry. Lens cleaner and toothpaste can be effective on some costume jewelry.
    • But be very careful! Read the instructions and cautions labels. Don't use lens cleaner on precious metals, and be aware that paint or finish may come off. Also don't use if you have sensitive skin or on earrings.
    • Toothpaste is less problematic when it comes to cleaning jewelry. Just apply the toothpaste to a brush, and rub it on the piece of jewelry. This method can be used on different forms of fake jewelry, such as bracelets.
    Purchase jewelry polish specifically made for jewelry. Fake or impure metals will deteriorate quickly if not using the correct polish.
    • You can buy polish for either gold or silver items in many jewelry or department stores. Keep in mind that some regular jewelry cleaners, usually meant for the real deal, are too harsh to use on costume pieces.
    • Simply soak the piece of jewelry in the polish for no longer than 30 seconds, then remove and wipe it gently to avoid scraping or bruising the jewelry. You might want to use a toothbrush after dipping it into the solution.

     

    Jewelry Maintenance

    Spray perfume, hair spray, and rub on lotion before putting on your jewelry. Since anything water-based can potentially tarnish your costume jewelry, even perfume and lotions can tarnish the finish.

    • If you spray your perfume and put on your lotions first, you will reduce the chances they will coat the jewelry. Wait until your body is dry. Then, put on your costume jewelry.
    • This should prevent some of the build-up on fake jewelry that makes it look dull and requires that you do frequent cleaning

     

    Wipe down your jewelry daily. If you wipe your jewelry down with a clean microfiber cloth after each use, you won’t have to clean it as often.

    • It also will continue to look like new for longer periods of time.
    • Wiping it down daily also limits your jewelry exposure to water or anything that it might have been exposed to when you were wearing it that day

     

    Store your jewelry properly. You might try storing the jewelry in ziplock bags. Designate one piece per bag. Put the jewelry in. Squeeze all the air out of the bag. Then close it.

    • With the air removed, the metal cannot oxidize or turn green from exposure to the air. So, it will look cleaner and newer for a longer period of time.
    • Keeping your jewelry in a jewelry box that has a closing lid and a velvet lining limits your jewelry’s expose to air as well and also keeps it from being scratched

     

    How can I stop fake and costume jewelry turning skin green

    1. clean skin first before wearing jewelry.

    2. Try spraying your costume jewelry with a clear gloss coat enamel spray. This is the equivalent of coating your goods with spray enamel, which gives them a uniform shine and ensures that the metal won't oxidize (oxidation of copper makes your skin green). Just take a sheet of wax paper and lay it on a table outside. Place your fake jewelry on it. Shake the can of spray enamel and hold about six inches away. Spray in short bursts until you've covered everything uniformly. Do not over spray, as a light passing over is enough. Make sure the stones are covered with clear or painter's tape. Also be sure to spray the backs of your jewelry.

     

    Freshen your pearls.

    Because they're so porous, pearls can easily lose their luster. Whether real, cultured or faux, they must be cleaned with care. First lay the strand on a soft cloth. Dip a clean, small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and a little shampoo, and go over each pearl. To finish, rinse the pearls with a clean, well-wrung damp cloth. Let the strand dry flat to prevent the string from stretching. This no-soak treatment is also good for turquoise, another porous stone.

    Brighten gold and gems.

    Ever look under your ring? Lotion, soaps and everyday dirt can clog the prongs, making stones appear facet-less and flat. Even gold chains and pendants can get gunked up through everyday wear. Give gold a bubble bath by pouring a few drops of mild dish soap into a small bowl of sodium-free seltzer water or club soda (in Good Housekeeping Institute tests, the carbonation loosened soil and removed debris). Put the jewelry into a small strainer, and place it in the bowl to soak for about five minutes. Swish it around, fishing out each piece to go over settings and crevices with a soft toothbrush. Return items to the strainer and rinse under running water; dry with a soft cloth. For costume jewelry, especially if stones are glued rather than set, dab a cloth into the bubbly solution and gently wipe any smudges or grime, then "rinse" with a cloth dampened in plain water. Pat dry and lay the pieces upside down so moisture won't soak into the setting.