4 Tips For Cleaning Your Vintage Jewellery
June 1, 2021
Many people enjoy collecting vintage jewellery, as it is completely unique and stunning. However, to make it last for your lifetime as well as future generations, it is important that you care for it well and clean it regularly. Investing a small amount of time and money will make sure that your jewellery collection can be adored by future generations as well as by you! Here are 4 tips for cleaning your vintage jewellery.
Choose The Right Cleaning Product
The first step towards successfully cleaning your vintage jewellery is to choose the right cleaning product. Anything containing really harsh chemicals is likely to damage the jewellery, so it is essential that you get it right.
Your first option is to buy a jewellery cleaner from a certified vintage jeweller. Although this might be slightly costly, you will know that it is a safe solution to use on your delicate jewellery. A cheaper and equally effective option is to create a mixture of very mild soap and warm water. This will ensure that you remove any dust or grime without actually damaging the jewellery in any way!
Don’t Submerge Your Vintage Jewellery
Now that you have the cleaning solution prepared, the next tip is to make sure that you don’t submerge your vintage jewellery in the mixture. Instead, you should dip a very soft toothbrush into the solution and then use that to clean the jewellery, or soak a microfibre cloth in the mixture, ring it out and use that to remove any dirt and to make the pieces shine.
Vintage jewellery is delicate, so submerging it could weaken the metal and cause unnecessary damage. Give the jewellery a very quick rinse with clean water to make sure any soap or cleaning product residue is removed. Then, pat it dry with another cloth.
Allow Jewellery To Fully Dry
Once you have cleaned and rinsed your jewellery, it is essential that you let it dry completely. If you put your jewellery back in a box when it is even slightly wet, it will create a damp environment and cause the jewellery to rust and weaken. So, invest in a jewellery stand and let it hang to dry for at least 24 hours. This goes for vintage engagement rings, necklaces, bracelets and everything else!
Repeat Every 2 Months
Now that you know how to properly clean your vintage jewellery, you need to make sure you do it regularly! Aim to clean your vintage jewellery every two months, to keep it clean without causing damage. However, it is also important for you to have your vintage jewellery cleaned professionally around once a year. This is because professionals will be able to deep clean the jewellery without causing any damage, and they can also identify any weaknesses and suggest they get fixed.
If you have more delicate stones, like pearls, then you should not clean them at home at all, but should have them regularly cleaned by a professional jeweller.
So, there you have it! These tips will help to keep your vintage jewellery looking its best between professional visits. The most important thing to remember is don’t submerge your jewellery and make sure it is completely dry before you put it away.