How to: clean your jewellery at home

LOUISE JEAN pieces are intended to be worn every day, however everyday life can lead to a build-up of residue and dirt on your pieces. To minimise the build-up, we recommend removing your jewellery before showering, washing your hands, or applying lotions as this can create a film on your pieces. If your jewellery is looking lacklustre, this is more than likely the reason why.

 

We offer annual complimentary cleaning and servicing of your ring to keep your pieces sparkling. 

To ensure your jewellery is looking beautiful in-between professional cleans, we’ve put together a ‘how-to’ on cleaning your jewellery at home with a few simple household items.

 

FOR A MILD CLEAN

What you will need:

  • 1 tsp of mild dishwashing liquid (household dishwashing liquid is fine)
  • 1 cup of warm water
  • Bowl or shallow dish
  • Soft bristle toothbrush
  • Plain tissues
  • Polishing cloth

Steps:

  1. Mix the mild dishwashing liquid and cup of warm water in a bowl until fully dissolved.
  2. Soak the jewellery in the solution for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Use a soft bristle toothbrush to gently brush your piece.
  4. Rinse your jewellery and lay to dry on a tissue.
  5. Polish your piece with a soft cloth, paying special attention to your stones.

 

FOR A HEAVY DUTY CLEAN

What you will need:

  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • Aluminium foil
  • Small bowl or shallow dish
  • Plain tissues
  • Polishing cloth

Steps:

  1. Line a bowl or shallow dish with aluminium foil and add your jewellery. 
  2. Mix the hot water, salt, and baking soda together and pour into your lined dish.
  3. Slowly add ½ cup white vinegar.
  4. Watch as the baking soda and vinegar react and bubble up, this is when most of the cleaning happens. 
  5. Allow the jewellery to soak for 5-10 minutes, stirring once or twice to move jewellery around if need be. 
  6. Rinse your jewellery and lay to dry on a tissue.
  7. Polish your piece with a soft cloth, paying special attention to your stones.

 

Note: Avoid using abrasives household cleansers or toothpaste. Chemicals such as chlorine and bleach can damage some of the metals used to alloy gold and abrasives can scratch gold and other metals. Please note these methods have been tested on diamond and gold.