All That Sparkles…our top tips for cleaning jewellery
Whether you have a belly button ring or nose piercing or love to wear a classic string of pearls, cleaning jewellery keeps it at its glittering best. For New Year’s Eve, here is a guide by the profession domestic cleaners, MOLLY MAID.
- Remove earrings or rings from your body if possible.
- SILVER: If silver jewellery pieces are dull, filmy or slightly discoloured, mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water and dip in a clean soft cloth. Rub the jewellery, then rinse it in cool water and buff until dry. If the tarnish is more noticeable, make a paste of three parts baking soda and one part water. Apply the cleaner to the silver with a soft cloth and rub the paste all over the piece. Continue to gently rub everything together until the cloth turns a light shade of grey. Rinse and buff dry.
- GOLD: To clean gold and gem stones, prepare a bubble bath by mixing a few drops of mild dish soap with a small amount of sodium-free club soda. Put the jewellery into a small strainer and soak it in the bath for about five minutes. Swish around and then clean each piece by rubbing it with a soft toothbrush. Rinse the jewellery with cool water and dry with a soft cloth.
- PEARLS: To clean pearls, lay the strand on a soft cloth. Dip a small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and shampoo, and use it to clean each pearl. Wipe off the pearls with a clean damp cloth. Dry flat. Ensure to keep the strand as dry as possible.