Everyone loves to put on the jewellery, but few look forward to that time when they have to clean them. You almost wish that your rings, earrings, studs, bracelets, and neckpieces could polish themselves. But no, part of owning and flaunting jewellery comes with the responsibility of caring for, maintaining, and cleaning them.
It is prudent to visit your jeweller at least once a year, to get your jewellery professionally cleaned. But items like wedding rings, your favourite watch, and earrings, among other pieces that you put on daily, need cleaning more than once in a year. This is because they collect oils from your body, dust, and dirt from coming into contact with other people and other factors.
So how exactly do you go about cleaning and polishing your jewellery?
How do you make sure that you do it right and don’t end up damaging your precious accessories? Here are some of the best polishing tips for your gold and platinum diamond jewellery.
How to clean and polish Rose Gold Jewellery
Rose gold jewellery gets its intriguing pink shade thanks to the increased amounts of copper. Therefore, anything made out of rose gold needs extra care when cleaning and maintaining. The goal is to maintain its bright luster as well as its colour.
As rose gold ages, the pinkish hue grows deeper and darker. Something that a lot of antique jewellery seekers like and are willing to pay good money for. When cleaning, you want to make sure you get rid of the dirt and grit and at the same time maintain its deep reddish color. For this reason, it would be out of place to use ultrasonic cleaning machines and harsh chemicals to polish this type of jewellery.
The metal and diamond experts at Ovadia Jewellery in Hatton Garden offer a regular cleaning and maintenance services to their clients or anyone wanting to take care of their jewellery. They suggest their clientele the following smartest ways to clean your rose gold masterpieces:
- Using soap and water
Items such as bracelets, rings, studs, and chains made out of rose gold can be soaked in a mild soap and water solution. In this case, mix a little liquid soap and warm water, dip all the jewellery you want to clean inside, and soak for a few minutes.
Using a piece of damp cloth carefully wipe the surface of the piece of jewellery. If there are areas you find hard to reach, feel free to use a soft-bristled brush to remove dirt gently. Make sure you rinse thoroughly with plain running water leaving no trace of soap on the jewellery and then air dry. Polish the jewellery using a dry cloth.
Water and soap is an excellent option to use when cleaning rose gold jewellery made partly of precious stones. After that, use a lint-free cloth to polish the jewellery and see them slowly come back to life.
- Using vinegar and water
A quick vinegar and water rinse works just as great as soap and water. For all the jewellery that can be submerged in liquid this option is quite effective. Mix a small part of vinegar and larger part of water in a small container. Dip all the dirty jewellery inside and soak for a few minutes.
This method is easy to use because you don’t have to do much; the vinegar does all the polishing and cleaning for you.
You can let jewellery that’s dirtier than the rest sit for longer if you want more shine. Once done, you can remove the jewellery out of the solution and place on a soft towel to air dry. If you’re in a hurry, feel free to use a soft dry towel to dry the jewellery yourself. Don’t throw away the solution because you can save it and use it to clean your bespoke jewellery again once or twice more.
- Using a mild commercial cleaner
For items like watches and other devices/electronics that would be damaged if submerged under water, you can use specially formulated, mild commercial cleaners.
Dip a soft piece of cloth inside the solution and use a soft toothbrush to brush in between the tiny spaces. Gently clean the watch by rubbing throughout the outer and inner surface of the watch until all the dirt is off.
Leave it to air dry for a couple of minutes before putting it on or placing it in storage.
How to clean and polish White Gold Jewellery
White gold gets its bright white luster from rhodium plating. It is safe to follow either of the three options proposed for cleaning rose gold to clean white gold.
Only that in this case, you must be extra careful when polishing so as not to wear off its shine. The more you put on your white gold jewellery, the more it loses its white sparkle. No matter how much you clean it, it will never look as bright is it did when brand new.
To keep your jewellery looking good as new, it is advisable to take your white gold jewellery to your jeweller to get it re-rhodium plated at least once every twelve to eighteen months.
How to polish Platinum Diamond Jewellery
Body lotion, creams, soap, and other cosmetics are a few of some of the external factors likely to dull the brilliant shine from your beautiful platinum diamond pieces. To get the shiny radiance back, purchase special cleaning solution from your jewellery dealer and use it to soak and rinse your platinum diamond rings, bracelets, and neckpieces.
You could also use mild detergent and water and follow the same steps featured above to clean and polish your jewellery. Instead of rubbing them dry, it is better to, instead, pat your platinum diamond jewelllery dry using a lint-free soft cloth.
As you may have already gathered, simple cleaning jobs can be done by yourself, but jewellery experts like Hannah of Ovadia Jewellery would recommend having your precious jewellery professionally cleaned and maintained annually as they have better tools. Feel free to visit our hatton garden jewellery in London and ask for professional cleaning services.