You should always be careful when cleaning any fine jewelry, but some gemstones and metals require special care. If you don't, not only may your jewelry not look as clean and brilliant as it did when it was new, you can also damage the look permanently. Always remember, that the best way to have your jewelry cleaned is to bring it to us at the studio and we will be happy to clean, polish, and inspect it at no charge to you.
Tips for doing your own at home jewelry cleaning:
Take some ordinary household ammonia and dilute with water to a 3 parts water to 1 part ammonia ratio with water in a microwave safe container, like a bowl or coffee cup. Heat for one minute and 15 seconds. Gently place your jewelry in the container (do not microwave the jewelry itself!) and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. Remove the jewelry and gently clean it using a tooth brush. Dip it in another container of cold water to rinse.
To finish it up perfectly, spray or dip it in rubbing alcohol. You can dry it with a paper towel or tissue (not one made with lotion on it). You do not want to use this method on emeralds, pearls, opals, or any soft or porous gemstones as you can damage your jewelry.