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How We Clean Jewelry:

 Things We Recommend:

  • We recommend storing jewelry in a soft, lint free cloth, in a dry, moderate temperature, out of direct sunlight.
  • We do not recommend ultrasonic cleaners or liquid dip type gold\silver cleaners.
  • If storing in a safe, we recommend adding a desiccant in the safe, to absorb moisture.
  • We do not recommend spraying jewelry with perfume or hairspray. Let all lotions dry before putting jewelry on. We also do not recommend using cleaning chemicals while wearing antique jewelry.
  • Do not clean your jewelry over a sink. If a stone came loose, down the drain is the last place you want it.
  • Check your jewelry for loose stones. Old gemstones can be hard to match if a stone is lost. If a setting is loose take it to a jeweler who works with antique jewelry. We highly recommend you use a jeweler who routinely works with antique jewelry. We have come across some beautiful pieces that were destroyed by bad jewelry repairs and careless glue.

How We Clean Jewelry:
When cleaning antique jewelry, first look at the back. If the stones are enclosed on the back, or the item contains any inlay work, do not get the item wetWhen in doubt, gently rub the item with a soft cloth.You can always clean the item again, but you cannot undo damage.

Enclosed Stones, Inlay Items:
We use a soft cloth to gently clean the stones, and a soft toothbrush if needed to get in the crevices. Silver and gold dry polish cloths, can be used. Do not get these wet.


The below entries assume the item is open backed.

Amber, Coral, Ivory, Lava, Pearls, Tortoiseshell, and Wood:
Amber, Coral, Ivory, Lava, Pearls, Tortoiseshell, and Wood, do not like perfume, hairspray, lotion, or long term exposure to extreme temperatures. Put all perfumes and hairsprays on, and give them plenty of time to dry before putting your jewelry on. We clean this type of jewelry by wiping with a soft, slightly damp cloth. Do not soak. Always store these types of jewelry in their box to prevent them from rubbing against anything.


Cut Steel:
Cut Steel’s biggest enemy is moisture, which can cause rust.To clean cut steel, we prefer rubbing it with a soft dry cloth.To store, we wrap it a lint free cotton cloth and immerse in uncooked rice.Rice absorbs moisture.You can also use a desiccant to absorb moisture.

Emeralds, Opals, Turquoise, Lapis, Malachite, Jade:
We use a mild (non-detergent) soap diluted with water, or plain water. Do not use ammonia or citrus products.

Enamel, Portrait Miniatures:
For long term storage, pieces should be wrapped in a soft cotton cloth to prevent chipping. Due to color matching, repairing chips on these pieces can be difficult to impossible. If cleaning a silver enameled piece, gently rub the silver with a silver-cleaning cloth; try to avoid polishing the enamel if possible. The same goes for miniatures. We do not recommend other types of cleaners, they can damage the finish.

Gold, Platinum, Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies:
We use a soft cloth, water, and an ammonia based window cleaner if needed. If additional scrubbing is required, we use a soft toothbrush.

Micro-mosaics, Butterfly Wings:
We do not recommend getting these wet. Rub with a dry soft cloth, being careful not to dislodge any pieces of the mosaic.You can use a silver cloth on any silver borders.

Silver, Niello:
We use dry silver polish cloths. For spun silver, with a lot of filigree work, we use asoft toothbrush and a paste made out of baking soda and water. Rinse thoroughly. We never use dips, since they can remove that beautiful patina that comes with age.

Elizabeth Mills July 28, 2014 1 tags (show)