Cleaning jewelry is a delicate process and you need to be very careful not to do something which might destroy it. Since a lot of jewelry these days is made out of delicate gemstones, and in some cases even delicate precious metals, people are making the mistake and use various cleaners and chemicals which might not be good for their jewelry, or they are making mistakes during cleaning which could cause the jewelry to be harmed. It’s very important that every jewelry owner becomes aware of what can and what can’t be done, because otherwise they will lose values.
The first thing that every owner of precious metals should know is that some jewelry is less resistant to certain types of cleaners and cleaning methods. For example did you know that when precious metals are brought to a state of high polish they become very much so susceptible to scratches made by abrasive cleaners or cloths? That’s not all, there are gemstones which are used in jewelry which are very soft and which are of organic origin, so you need to take extra precautions with them. The thing that’s most important would be to know what kind of jewelry you have. If you have jewelry which is rhodium plated in order to give it more shine then you need to be more careful not to damage that delicate finish. And when you know everything there is to know about your jewelry then you can know what kind of cleaning methods are safe to use on it.
Those who do not know what kind of jewelry they have should find out as soon as possible. Majority will probably know what kind of jewelry they have but for those who are not sure, they should probably visit a jewelry to have their jewelry tested. After you know from what kind of precious metals, what kind of gemstones, and what kind of methods of craftsmanship your rings, necklaces, earrings and everything else that you might have has been made of, the nessecery decisions about what can and what can’t be use to clean them can be made.
Precious metals which are of higher purity, 18K or 22K for example, if you’re lucky enough to be able to afford something like this, such precious metals are very resistant to tarnishing but they have a drawback which is that they are not as hard as precious metals of lower purity. Little is it known that pure gold, for example, is actually very soft and you can have it easily dented if you were to hit with your ring somewhere. For this reason lower purity jewelry is more widespread, but not only because of that, let’s not forget about the fact that if their purity wasn’t degraded they would be too expensive for the majority of people to purchase.
Let’s assume that you know what kind of a jewelry you have and that you are now looking what into what would be the best way to take care of it. Depending on what kind of jewelry it is that you have, you will not be allowed to use certain types of cleaning methods because they could harm it. There are three dangers that you need to take into account when it comes to jewelry cleaning, jewelry cleaning solutions, polishing cloths and cleaning equipment.
We already mentioned about cleaning solutions and how abrasive cleaning solutions can be harmful for jewelry. Mistake which is made frequently is that people use cleaners which contain small pellets, which are usually found in cleaning detergents. If you start using these types of detergents, the pellets will scratch the polish, plating or the surface of gemstones. This is especially a threat if you are cleaning with a lot of force, which is another thing that you should never do. Tarnish cannot be removed with force, so you should not try to accomplish that by increasing the vigor with which jewelry is being cleaned.
Next to abrasive cleaning solution, another thing that has to be mentioned would be the various different dangerous chemicals which can harm precious metals and gemstone on the count of their own physical characteristics. As you may already know, precious metals are very resistant to acids and other chemicals which are harmful for base metals. The thing is that not all of the precious metals are resistant equally, and let’s not forget the possibility that you might have costume jewelry which, if exposed to acids could become seriously damaged by them.
Polishing cloths would be the second important thing that is usually used in a wrong way. As many of you know, there are several different fabrics from which polishing cloths can be made of. There are those who are rougher and also those who are softer. The same thing that goes for abrasive cleaning solutions goes for polishing cloths. If their surface is to jagged and such cloth is applied to the surface of jewelry, serious damage can be done, especially if “cleaning” is done with extreme force. If your jewelry is delicate, according to the research performed beforehand, then you need to use soft polishing cloths, which should keep it safe. Delicate jewelry is all jewelry which is either plated, filled, highly polished or which has soft gemstones.
Gemstone are another thing that needs to be mindful of when you are choosing what to use when cleaning jewelry. We’re now starting to talk about various cleaning equipment that you can get your hands on. Ultrasonic cleaners would be one such cleaner. Gemstone with scratches or slight damages can be mutilated further or even completely destroyed when you apply ultrasonic waves on their surface, so be careful. Ultimately, very important, if not the most important thing which you need to know would be what kind of jewelry it is that you have. That’s the first step, but it’s also the most important step, because if you don’t know what kind of metals are used in your ring, what kind of gemstone quality of gemstones is used in your earrings or necklace, then you won’t know what can and what can’t be done, so make sure that you take that first step seriously, otherwise your jewelry won’t last you a long time.