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Jewelry & gems cleaning the green way

Jewelry & gems cleaning the green wayImage Credit: Supplied

Getting your baubles gleaming again is as easy as pie. And you don't have to look far or visit your jeweler to bring back their showroom sparkle. All you need to do is scour your kitchen shelves and they're ready to go.

Gold – The key to maintaining your gold trinkets' sparkle is to avoid highly chlorinated water and removing them before going to bed. Gold jewelry which has lost its sheen must be immersed in sudsy water (add a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent to warm water) or the versatile white vinegar for about 15 minutes. Clean with a soft brush, rinse with warm water and dry.

Diamond - Give sparklers that lost their brilliance a new lease on life by soaking them in one cup water and ¼ cup ammonia (alternately use mild liquid soap if ammonia is not available), or spraying them with a glass cleaner. Remove dirt between crevices using a soft brush, rinse and dry with a microfiber cloth.

Silver – Like gold, silver jewelry can also be cleaned with a combination of warm water and mild detergent. Wash under running water and allow to air dry or pat with a lint-free cloth. Discolored pieces can be wiped with a silver polishing cloth or submerged into a foil covered bowl filled with hot water mixed with equal parts salt and baking soda, but the latter's merit remains a subject of debate.

Pearls – Restore the luster of pearls by dampening a soft cloth with a mix of mild soap and water and wiping each piece. Never dunk the whole strand into the solution as it will loosen the silk cord. Lay the strand flat on a towel or hang to air dry.

Handy Hints:

• Keep gold shining by avoiding chlorinated water.

• Diamonds can be cleaned using mild liquid soap.

• Use silver polishing cloth to clean discolored silver.

Source: Special to Classifieds