Has your precious Irish handmade jewelry lost it’s sparkle? Perfume, body lotion, soaps, and everyday dust and dirt are just a few things that can make gold and precious stones appear dull and lifeless. It’s easy to clean your jewelry at home.
Give solid gold bracelets, chains and earrings a gentle bath in a solution of a few drops of dish soap (washing-up liquid) and a little warm water. Put small jewelry pieces into a strainer before placing in the solution; large pieces can go directly into the bowl to soak for about five minutes. Swish the items around, then take them out, lay them on a soft cloth and go over the crevices and chain links with a soft toothbrush to dislodge any dirt trapped there. Return small pieces to the strainer and rinse everything under running water. Buff dry with a soft cloth and admire the sparkle.
To restore the sparkle of precious and semi-precious stones, like diamonds, rubies, emeralds and sapphires set in gold. Use the same instructions as the ones above for cleaning gold, but instead of using regular water, mix the dish soap with seltzer water. Test carried out by Good Housekeeping found the carbonation in the seltzer water helped dislodge dirt trapped in the settings.