My Prescioussss – Precious and Semi Precious Gemstones
If you’re addicted to minimal jewelry – uhm, like stacking rings – we suppose you’re familiar with gorgeous, itzy-bitzy tiny gemstones. It’s not a big surprise that dirt clings to everything shiny and it’s especially painful in small, not easily accessible parts.
Ideally you should wipe your piece of jewellery with a moistened soft lint free cloth after wear to remove any oil and salts. A common makeup tool hack will be your friend here: use a Q-tip for the smaller gemstones. Dip into water and blot first on a piece of tissue. Wipe dry with the other dry bud end.
However, if your jewels need a more thorough cleaning, best to take them to a professional jeweller.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
As for shine and luster – it goes the same for pearl as for silver: the more you wear the better. The pearls absorb your skin’s natural oils, and they get nice and shiny. Our style advice: wear pearls to brighten up your complexion and give an extra glow for your face without strobing.
If you’re going out, you should finish your makeup and hairdo before put on pearls, as these cosmetics can discolor pearls. You can clean slightly tainted pearls with a soft, clean cloth (preferably made from cotton or bamboo), barely dampened with water. We recommend for every fifth cleaning to use a mild solution of water and Castille soap (made with natural oils such as olive and coconut). Air-dry the pearls overnight.
So Shiny – Diamonds
Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they still need some love and attention. A cleaning solution can be created to bring the sparkle back in the hard stone.
A diamond should be soaked for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and ¼ cup ammonia. Gently scrub it with a soft-bristle toothbrush. This helps get into the small areas between the diamond and the setting.
Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry. If diamonds are set in platinum, this method will also bring shine back to the setting. Avoid contact with chlorinated pools or household cleaning products containing chlorine bleach because they might discolor the mounting.