With the holidays upon us there is nothing that adds that perfect amount of sparkle to your outfit than clean jewelry!
When I first got engaged, my mom bought me this super sonic jewelry cleaning machine. I had to plug it in to the wall, pour in the solution, and it would shake my jewelry clean. I loved that thing and was obsessed with how sparkly it made all my jewelry. Sadly, years later, the perfect jewelry cleaning machine finally gave out. No longer did it shake my jewels to their lustrous sparkle.
Then, it was onto the magic red solution in the jar. I found this solution at a kiosk in the mall. The guy said that it was the same solution the little blue box people used so I bought it. This time I provided the shaking motion to clean my jewelry. Inside the the jar was a tiny black brush and a tray that the jewelry would be placed on with a small handle in the center. I would vigorously push the tray up and down through the red solution and then brush the jewelry clean.
Until I ran into an old childhood friend who married a jeweler (lucky girl)! Her diamonds sparkled like they were in a glass case in the jewelry store. I figured she gets all her diamonds cleaned in the giant ultra sonic machines, well she does on occasion. But, she let me in on her secret.
This is how she cleans her rings weekly.
What You’ll Need:
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup Windex
- 1 tablespoon Dawn Dish Soap
- 1/2 teaspoon vinegar
- tooth brush
Combine all ingredients together in a glass dish that has a lid.
Set your jewelry in the solution for 15 minutes. I usually do this while I’m in the shower or getting ready.
Using a toothbrush gently scrub between the prongs and in all the nooks and crannies.
Rinse jewelry under clean water. Make sure there is something between your jewelry and the drain just incase a stone is loose.
Dry off with a soft cloth.
**Never put pearls or soft gem stones (opals, etc). Take these items to the professionals.
All the Best,