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Top Tips for Choosing a Jewelry Cleaner

From jewelry you wear every day to work to those you only touch on special occasions, those pieces will benefit from a good clean and shine every once in a while. There are a million things to clog them up and make them look drab and dead! Lotion, soap, dust and dirt – the list is long and winding, and you usually don’t notice the problems until you’re getting ready for a night out. Frustrating but that’s exactly why you need to be proactive when it comes to caring for your jewelry.

The good news is you can do this by yourself at home, as long as you use the right jewelry cleaners. Obviously, you need to choose a product that is appropriate for the material or materials your jewelry is made of. Remember, using the wrong product can totally damage your jewelry, so be extra careful with this part. Common sense dictates that for various types of jewelry, various types of cleaners will be required as well.

So how do you begin choosing a cleaner for those precious pieces? First off, consider the stone, the metal and the jewelry as a whole. Gold and diamond are safe with nearly every type of commercial cleaner you’ll find. But keep in mind that sterling silver and pearl will call for a product that is made just for them. Part of all this is the chemical used in the cleaning products. Or you may prefer something that has no chemicals in it. The second good news is, harsh or scratchy chemicals are not needed to clean most types of jewelry. You can buy one of those special fabrics too for pickier types of bling.

Another good jewelry-cleaning solution is made of ammonia and water, which work great for metals but most especially for diamonds. You can usually buy these products on the Internet, but if you’re not so sure, ask for your jeweler’s help. Besides, they’re the experts.

For gold and platinum pieces, your best option is an ultrasonic cleaner. These are small and compact machines that you can likely fit on your kitchen countertop. They work by cleaning metals and certain types of stones and give off a high-frequency sound. Watch out though! – ultrasonic cleaners can actually ruin pearls, colored gemstones and certain other types of jewelry.

Evidently, you have several options when choosing a jewelry cleaner. But again, you can’t be reckless when deciding which one to use. Finally, to keep you on the safe side, spend time researching different suppliers and brands before making a payment.

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