Scrub-A-Dub Dub

When was the last time you cleaned your jewelry? We take the time to clean our clothes, our houses, our dogs (don’t ask me why I thought of that one… probably because my Springer “Brie” just got a bath), but cleaning our jewelry? Who has time? The truth is that all jewelry requires TLC for long-term wear and lasting beauty.

My advice for Storage: Take advantage of the individual compartments in a jewelry box, divided drawers or a travel pouch. Gemstones can scratch one another if they all get jumbled together. And, if you’re not careful to keep pieces separated from one another, they can even scratch the gold or silver settings.

My advice for Cleaning: Don’t overdo it, and don’t use steam cleaning or ultra-sonic cleaners. All you really need is a soft, lint-free cloth. That should do a fine job of keeping it free from surface dust and dirt on a daily basis. Should you find that it has dulled from accumulated soap or hand lotions, just swish it in a bath of  mild dishwashing liquid and warm water. Rinse, and make sure you always dry it well … away from the drain.

Keep in mind that in some cases, like with my Stratify and Blooming Jewels Collections on JTV, some gemstones are set with an adhesive instead of with prongs. (This is common practice with opaques or cabochons like turquoise or lapis) Therefore, it’s smart not to leave your jewelry in water or a liquid jewelry cleaner for an extended period of time.

Styling Your Full Potential~

Judy,

Style and Trend Jewelry Expert

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