At John Laughter Jewelry, not only are we proud to appraise, buy, and sell some of the highest quality jewelry on the market, we also want to help you enjoy your existing jewelry, as well! As Western North Carolina's largest estate buyer coupled with our years of experience appraising diamonds and other precious jewelry, we have a lot of experience working with and cleaning jewelry – and trust us, it's not as difficult as you might think. In fact, cleaning your jewelry is easy, and it doesn't require anything besides what you'd find normally lying around the house.
Silver is gorgeous when it shines, but tarnish sets in quickly. For pieces that are just dull or only beginning to tarnish, mix a few drops of dish soap with water and wash the piece with a cloth, rinse it clean, and then buff it with a cloth until it's dry. For heavier cases of tarnish, use a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water, rub the paste in with a lint-free cloth, rinse it off, and buff the piece dry.
To clean gold or jewelry with gemstones, mix a few drops of mild dish soap into a bowl of sodium-free seltzer water or club soda, then let them soak for five minutes. Swish the solution around, using a soft-bristle toothbrush to go over the finer crevices and settings of the jewelry. Once finished, rinse the pieces clean, pat them dry, and then leave them upside down to completely dry, preventing water from seeping into the settings of the stones.
We hope you've found this information helpful for cleaning jewelry, and we encourage you to give it a try on your old or dulled jewelry pieces to make them look like new! As always, if you have more questions about jewelry or properly cleaning and caring for your pieces, we're here to help you. Feel free to call us at 828-456-4772 for our Asheville store or 828-274-5770 for our Waynesville store. We can't wait to hear from you, and we hope to see you back at this blog soon for more tips and information on caring for your jewelry.