let it shine!

You probably have some old pieces of jewelry lying around, becoming duller or more tarnished as the days go by. Instead of bringing them to a jeweler or buying a jar of jewelry cleaner, you just let them sit in your jewelry box, never to be worn.

But it’s time to put your days of dirty jewelry behind you, because there are plenty of easy and affordable ways to polish up your accessories at home. The best part? You probably already have all the things you need in your kitchen cupboards.

aluminum foil & detergent
Simply line a small bowl with aluminum foil. Fill the bowl with hot water and mix in one tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent (not liquid), like Tide. Put the jewelry in the solution and let it soak for one minute. Rinse well and air-dry. This procedure makes use of the chemical process known as ion exchange, which can also be used to clean silverware.

Brighten up your gold and silver trinkets by soaking them for ten minutes in a solution of 1/2 cup clear ammonia mixed in 1 cup warm water. Gently wipe clean with a soft cloth and let dry. Note: Do not do this with jewelry containing pearls, because it could dull or damage their delicate surface.

baking soda
Make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse, and buff dry. To polish gold jewelry, cover with a light coating of baking soda, pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean. Note: Do not use this technique with jewelry containing pearls or gemstones, as it could damage their finish or loosen any glue.

polishing cloth & silver clean
Another option is to order a jewelry cloth or silver clean via our website. The cloth is an old fashion way to make bigger surfaces like rings shine again. Just rub the cloth over the jewel and you see immediate effect. On necklaces it is not so effective.
The silver clean is a chemical where you simply drop your jewels in the basket, stir for a few seconds, take them out and rinse very very well with water. always use pliers when working with this chemical and keep away from food or drinks.

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bring to our shop
Your charlotte wooning jewelry can be brought to our shop for a good cleanse, but remember we only clean our own pieces. It should be noted, that if you have any jewelry pieces that are extremely important to you ― family heirlooms, for instance ― it’s best to bring them to a professional jeweler near you.

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