There’s no doubt about the power jewellery holds in its ability to make even the simplest of outfit, a whole damn *lewk*. Whether you’re a minimalist when it comes to jewellery, or are a self-proclaimed jewellery addict, everyone has their pieces.
We all go through different jewellery stages, too: sometimes we only wear gold and then we start to miss silver, so we switch, or even combine the two. One thing we can all agree on, is the fact that our jewellery starts to lose its cleanliness after a while. And sis, it ain’t cute. Seeing as though wearing jewellery is a daily occurrence for most, it is inevitable that your fave necklace or signature ring will get a little musty at times. The tricky part is cleaning them and jewellery hygiene isn’t spoken about enough.
We have scoured the internet, Youtube, and Insta to educate ourselves on the matter. Shiny, pretty jewellery is what we need and deserve. All of our research has proven that cleaning your accessories is not that difficult. Yay for us. Scroll below for jewellery cleaning tips and tricks — and they are all possible to do in the comfort of your own home.
Here’s how to clean your jewellery:
Let’s start with *silver*
Silver polish would be the number one contender for cleaning your silver jewellery. Seeing as though you might not have this on hand, there are DIY hacks that you can follow. Dish soap (or dishwashing liquid), baking soda and toothpaste are all possible solutions to your dirty silverware and all of these are common household products! Mix in a little bit of hot water, gently rub your piece of jewellery and Bob’s your uncle. Remember to rinse and buff with a soft cloth.
Next we have *gold*
One of the best and easiest methods to clean your gold jewellery is soaking it in boiling water. Now if that isn’t a lazy-girls dream, I don’t know what is. This will get rid of pesky oils, build up and grime. Leave that sucker in there until the water turns to room temperature and then lightly brush it off with a soft cloth. It cannot get easier than this.
Moving on to *gemstones*
Of course, we all want our gemstones to sparkle, especially is we have precious or semi-precious stones. Once again, boiling water and dish soap does the trick. To loosen soil or dirt caught in the nooks and crannies of your gemstone piece, swap out normal water for carbonated water. As Rihanna would say, ‘shine bright like a diamond’, honey.
Scooting over to *pearls*
Caution — clean with care. Pearls are sensitive and shouldn’t be soaked in water. The best way to clean your pearls would be with a soft makeup brush and some shampoo. Brush over them lightly and dry them off with a soft cloth. It is recommended to give your pearls a wipe down every time you wear them. Hygiene 101, ladies.
Finally, *costume jewellery*
Dip a cloth into a mixture of warm water and dish soap and polish off any dirt or smudges. Costume jewellery usually consists of something being glued on, and therefore, soaking it would ruin. We don’t want any gems or jewels popping off. No, thank you.
We hope that this has been helpful in the quest of cleaning your jewellery. It wasn’t as hard as we thought it would be! Hygiene is important and we need to keep our jewellery shining and sparkling. So, get your bum off the couch and start cleaning.
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