Jewelry can be damaged
by common household cleaning supplies, especially those containing
bleach or acids. It's best to remove jewelry before using cleaning
fragile beauty can be marred by everyday substances like hairspray
and perfume. Put your pearl jewelry on last, after applying makeup
and letting hairspray and perfume dry. Never wear pearls while
swimming in a chlorinated pool. Pearls can be cleaned by wiping
with a damp cloth.
Pearls can also be
scratched by harder materials like metals or gems, so store them
in their own box or bag, or wrap them in tissue.
will tarnish over time when exposed to air and moisture. Store
silver jewelry in a closed container or ziplock bag with an anti-tarnish
strip. Tarnish can be easily removed with a polishing cloth, or
light tarnish can be removed by rubbing with any soft cloth.
Always try the most
gentle cleaning technique first. Wiping with a damp cloth may
clean most dirt off of jewelry. Other jewelry can be cleaned with
warm soapy water and dried with a soft cloth, paying particular
attention to water that has gotten into the holes of the beads.
Regular cleaning is not necessary unless the item looks dirty.
Many gems can be cleaned with an ultrasonic cleaner but some cannot.
Jade: Avoid high heat,
solvents and acids while cleaning. Can be soaked briefly in ammonia
or soapy water and cleaned with a gentle brush.
Lapis Lazuli: Don't use ultrasonic, avoid heat, solvents and acids.
Clean gently with soapy water.
Peridot: Don't use ultrasonic, avoid rapid temperature changes,
and acids. Can be soaked in ammonia and brushed clean.
Quartz: Avoid quick temperature changes, boiling and ultrasonic
should be done with care. Can be soaked in ammonia and brushed
Coral: Coral is another organic material and should be treated
carefully like pearls
Garnet: Can be cleaned with ultrasonic, or soaked in ammonia and
Iolite: Avoid rapid temperature changes, can be cleaned with ultrasonic
or soaked in ammonia and brushed clean.