How to care for your necklaces
Regularly cleaning your necklaces extends their life and “wearability.” Antique jewelry looks good even when it’s tarnished or dull. That’s part of the look. But jewelry like gold, silver and precious stones need to display their luster look to look sparkling and new. Take a look at some necklace tips and how you can take care of them:
You can’t clean all jewelry the same way. Different metals and different finishes need to be cleaned differently. Cleaning a gold necklace is not complicated when there are no stones or other acrylic material in it. Use a brush with soft bristles and clean it with a mild liquid soap. You can also rub the necklace with alcohol with no damage to the gold to bring back the sparkle.
Necklaces like Penny Preville diamond eyeglass chains in 18k gold can be cleaned right at home if you’re careful. Only eyeglasses chain in a precious metal can be cleaned the following way. Leave the chain to soak in warm to hot water with mild liquid soap. Use a soft bristle brush to dislodge any visible dirt. Wash with warm water and pat dry with a soft cloth. If you feel it still looks a little dull, use ethyl alcohol to bring back the shine.
A precious metal necklace in gold, silver or platinum can be cleaned safely at home. A silver necklace can get tarnished and you can use a silver dry wipe cloth to clean it or wash it like you wash gold. For pearl necklaces, do not use soap or alcohol to clean as they can ruin the pearls. Any soap or alcohol will spoil the organic material that gives them their luster. Just wipe down the pearls with a soft cloth.
You can use alcohol to clean your diamonds and other precious stone necklaces. You can keep the necklace in a bowl and keep it fully immersed in alcohol for a few hours. Then rub away dirt and grime and wipe dry with a lint-free cloth.
These are just a few helpful tips to keep in mind when it comes to caring for your precious jewelry. What do you do to help your jewelry last longer?