I always notice when the sun comes out just how grimey my jewellery can start to look, no longer the dull of winter, the glaring bright light can highlight any discolouration and dirt like a microscope!
Cleaning and polishing your jewellery shouldn't be a chore and i have some top tips to keep you sparkling in the summer sun.
1. For a simple quick shine keep a small jewellery polishing cloth in your jewellery box. These are available from most large supermarkets for a couple of pounds and they have polish impregnated in the cloth itself. I usually buy one and cut it into 4 pieces. I have one in my handbag (really!) one in my jewellery box, a spare and one in the living room next to the mirror where i usually put my earrings on. This might sounds over the top but once you've done it you wont regret it, the pieces of cloth are small and easy to carry or leave in a drawer and its quick to use.
2. For a deeper clean raid the kitchen cupboard for bicarb of soda and aluminum foil then stick the kettle on .....
Line an oven proof glass or plastic dish with a slightly crumpled piece of aluminium foil (shiny side up). Lay your jewellery on the aluminium, making sure it touches the aluminium. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over it then pour enough boiling water to immerse the jewellery. Move the piece(s) around gently with a wood or plastic utensil to ensure that all of the surfaces come in contact with the aluminium. Rinse the jewellery under tap water. To ensure that you don't lose small pieces like earrings and pendants, put a sieve over the drain to catch whatever may slip off your fingers. Wipe/ pat the pieces gently with an absorbent towel and polish with a soft cloth
(Note: Pearls, Turquoise and other porous stones and oxidised silver jewellery should not be cleaned in this way)
3. If you still think your jewellery isn't at its best you can visit/ contact me and have them professionaily cleaned. Cleaning starts from £10 depending on the job and can also mean that the jewellery is checked for any possible damage or repairs it may need.
I hope my tips help in keeping you looking sparkling and shiny and if you have any tips yourself then let me know!