#1 – When to Clean
There are many variables that can determine the length of time until cleaning is advised. The best way to find out is by looking! Has the shine dulled, can you spot visible signs of dirt, does the sparkle no longer catch the light? If yes to any of these you know it’s time to clean.
#2 – Unsafe Cleaning
We advice heavily against using any uncertified jewellery cleaning substances and tools such as household polishes and tooth brushes. For the very best result always use products designed to clean jewellery and read instructions carefully! Materials such as silver require different cleaning products than diamonds and using the wrong products could result in damage!
#3 – What Cleaners to Use
As mentioned above different materials require different care. We would ask visiting our stores for an in-depth guide through cleaners and one-on-one instructions of use. If you’re unable to visit in-store the best recommendation is to use lukewarm soapy water and a small brush, ensuring that your jewellery is never submerged, drying with a soft hand towel afterwards.
#4 – Polishing
For jewellery pieces made of material such as silver we recommend using a polishing cloth to regularly combat the natural tarnish they will generate over time. A polishing cloth is a great way to keep the shine of any pieces and work against the tarnish that builds up.
#5 – Cleaning Products
We always recommend using specialist jewellery cleaning products for taking care of your jewellery. At Stanley Hunt Jewellers we work in partnership with Connoisseurs who are leading experts in jewellery care. On a visit to store we will recommend the perfect cleaning items to keep your pieces safe and cared well for!
#6 – Correct Storage
Storage of jewellery is a big part of care and maintenance. Don’t bundle pieces together in a draw, always make sure individuals pieces are secured separately or spaced to avoid damaging each other. Softer materials should not be stored with harder materials, for example 9ct and 18ct be kept separate!