It’s good to take the time every once in awhile to assess your jewelry to determine what needs cleaning. It is easy to forget that those pieces we wear every day need a little spiffing up every now and then. Here are three different types of jewelry and three different products I used to give them an extra shine.
1. Polishing Cloth: Everyone should own one of these because they are perfect for routine polishing for fast results.
2. Goddard’s Copper and Brass Liquid Polish (or use their silver polish): Great for heavy-duty polishing when the polishing cloth alone doesn’t work on.
3. Diamond Dazzle Stick: This is a must-have for anyone with an engagement or wedding ring. Nothing works better to make my ring sparkle like the day I got engaged.
My signet ring is a few years old and has started to tarnish, which is common since I haven’t been careful with it. It’s only gold-plated, not 100% gold, so water or storing it incorrectly can tarnish it unless you take good care of it. The polish I bought cuts down on tarnish, so I first tried it on the back of the ring and then worked towards the front. The Q-Tips I used were black immediately with this product, showing a lot of tarnish was happening that I couldn’t see.
The anchor necklace is sterling silver but started to look a little cloudy from not polishing it in awhile. I didn’t need liquid polish for this, just the cloth. About one minute using the cloth and it looks brand new.
My wedding ring is worn every day so I try to clean it well about every two months. It’s always great to take it to the jeweler for cleaning once a year, but this product works wonders for “every once in awhile” necessity. You brush it with the liquid that’s inside of it, and after you rinse the ring, it looks like the day you got it. I love this product!
AFTER: I think the cloth worked really well on the anchor necklace and it looks great. My wedding ring turned out really nice with the stick. The liquid polish, however, took a lot of hard work and didn’t get rid of the tarnish 100% (not sure if I can at this point). It did seem to do a good job getting rid of most of the tarnish and making it shiny again. I was at the point were I wouldn’t wear it, but now I will again.
How do you clean your jewelry?