Thursday, September 29, 2016

Fall Cleaning Tips For Your Precious Gems


There is no doubt on days like today that Fall 2016 has arrives. While many of us think of “Spring Cleaning” as the time for cleaning everything from cleaning our closets to washing widows, you really should be doing a Fall Prep for winter and that prep should include your precious jewels. After all, holiday season will be upon is and you know that you’ll be wearing your sparkles at all of the season parties!

There is however, a proper way in which to clean your jewels and Team TME reached out to the experts at Ritani, who provided a few simple tips and tricks to clean your diamonds, and other gems, with ease and care. The best part about these tips is that you can employ these simple cleaning methods with regular household products.

Freshen Up: Baking Soda is a staple is every kitchen. Not only does baking soda make for tasty cookies and a fresh-smelling refrigerator, this versatile substance can also keep your ring clean. In fact, baking soda's mild, non-abrasive consistency makes it a great choice for cleaning all manner of metals and precious stones. For platinum rings, mix a dash of baking soda with water to create a simple cleaning solution. Rub along the band and around the setting, then use a lint-free cloth to wipe dry.

Minty Brilliance: Another common household item, toothpaste, also cleans engagement rings in a pinch. Take a bit of toothpaste -- the non-gel, chalky kind is best -- and apply it to a soft-bristled toothbrush. You might even want to invest in a child-size brush; they have smaller heads and softer bristles that are perfect for ring cleaning. Gently rub toothpaste along the band and around the setting with a soft bristle toothbrush. Rinse with water and it will look brand new!

A Deeper Clean: For an even deeper clean, simply squirt a bit of liquid dishwashing detergent on a toothbrush. Again, the small size and soft bristles of a child-size brush come in handy for ring cleaning. Add a tiny bit of warm water and scrub your stone and setting gently. Using dishwashing detergent and a small toothbrush, scrub your ring until it sparkles. Rinse with warm water and wipe dry.

Extra Shine: If you want to up the shine factor even further, clean your ring using one of the above methods. Then let the ring soak in a mixture of one part ammonia to three parts water for half an hour. Take the ring out and let it air dry to a bright sparkle.

Bring In The Professionals: If your ring has become really dirty over time, it may be best to visit your local jeweler. They will restore your ring to its true brilliance.

Our personal reminder is to check your gems. Often, we do not notice that a gem has loosened from its setting and from our personal experience, nothing is worse then losing a gem from a beloved piece!


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