Happy Weekend! I’ve spent mine doing so many productive things and since September has come I’ve embraced it and it has motivated me to do so many things that I’ve been meaning to do which was have a clear out and do a mini makeover in my room. By doing that I found a few jewelry pieces after cleaning my vanity and some old pieces my grandmother passed down to me as well. I forgot about them and it was like a little treasure hunt. Some of them are a little tarnished and you could see the age now but I still really want to keep them especially after both my grandmothers are both gone now. I needed a way to revamp them and get them shining again so I have this in case some of you have some old jewelry like necklaces or earrings to revamp.
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The internet has a wealth of information freely available, and there are some website that contain lots of information about cleaning your jewellery. When it comes to cleaning your antique jewellery, you have two options open to you. Firstly you can take your jewellery to a shop to have it professionally cleaned, or you can try cleaning it in your home with products you have around the house.
• Exquisite Earring
If you have never owned a pair of antique earrings, you should see Kalmar Antiques’ wide collection of elegant antique earrings. Antique earrings are available in many different styles, so there is sure to be something to suit the taste of just about everyone. Just as with modern jewellery, you will need to learn to take good care of it to make sure that it keeps it lustre for many years to come.
• Soft and Gentle
One of the best ways to bring back the shine to your jewellery is using a little bit of dish washing detergent, a soft brush and some hot water. Take some hot water, almost boiling, and put this in a bowl with some dish washing liquid. Place the jewellery in the bowl of hot water and leave it to soak for between 20 and 40 minutes. Take your soft brush, you can use a toothbrush, and gently clean the surface of your jewellery, getting the bristles into all of the nooks and crannies. Once finished, rinse the jewellery under warm water and see the sparkle return, if there is still some noticeable dirt and grime, just repeat the process.
• Things to Avoid
If you decide to try cleaning your jewellery at home, there are cleaning products that you will want to make sure that you avoid. Products such as Bleach, Chlorine or Acetone can have a damaging effect on some base metals in your jewellery. It is also important to avoid abrasive materials such as toothpaste and baking soda, as these can scratch soft metals such as gold. Ultrasonic cleaning machines are also something which you may wish to avoid as the vibrations can shake loose any stones in the jewellery if they are not set securely.
• Use a Professional
As much as you might try, there things that you may have difficulty in removing from your earrings. In an instance such as this, you should take your jewellery to a professional jeweller who will be able to restore the shine to your earrings. You have reassurances when using a professional that they are not going to damage your jewellery in any way and that they will be able to get your items looking like new, no matter how old they are.
If you look after your jewellery and remove it when doing household chores or intense activity, you can help keep it shining for a long time to come. Store your jewellery in a box, preferably airtight, and it will remain bright and shiny for many years to come. Just because your earrings are antique, it does not mean that they have to look old!
*This post was written in collaboration with Media Buzzer.
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