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The best jewelry cleaner depends on the type of jewelry you have and the materials that make up your favorite pieces. It seems as if every type of jewelry needs a different type of cleaner, and some cleaning solutions that work well on one type of material will tarnish or completely destroy another piece of jewelry. If you have a jewelry box that is filled with a variety of precious metals and gemstones it may be necessary for you to have several different types of cleaning agents on hand.
When choosing the best jewelry cleaner for your bracelets, rings and necklaces, it is important to take into consideration the type of metal, stone and jewelry. Diamonds and gold can be effectively cleaned with a commercial jewelry cleaner. On the other hand, sterling silver and pearl pieces will need specialized cleaners in order to not damage your favorite rings, chains, bracelets and pedants.
Another thing to keep in mind when choosing a cleaner is chemicals. Think about if you want chemicals around your house, and in your bathroom. Or maybe you do not want any chemicals at all. Most, if not all, types of jewelry can be cleaned properly without the use of harsh chemicals or abrasives.
It is a good rule that chlorine and other chemicals can damage most types of jewelry materials. That is why many people choose to use a mild detergent or soap as jewelry cleaner. You will be able to effectively clean most types of jewelry this way. There are also special cloths that are available for pickier pieces of bling.
A mixture of ammonia and water can also be a great jewelry cleaner. It works best for diamonds, and some metals. If you are unsure what type of cleaner to use for a particular piece of jewelry, contact your jeweler. The retailer where you purchased the piece of jewelry can also suggest proper cleaning products and methods.
For gold and platinum pieces you may want to try an ultrasonic cleaner. Ultrasonic jewelrycleaners are small machines that can usually fit on a countertop. They clean metals and some stones with a high frequency sound. But use caution: some types of jewelry, like colored gemstones and pearls, can be damaged if they are put into an ultrasonic cleaning machine.
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