Over the past few weeks, we have been gifted with an unbelievable amount of free time. However, we know you are eager to find things to do within your home to fill the empty gaps from day to day.

You’ve probably already tackled the floors, scrubbed the bathrooms, and reorganized your closet (maybe even twice!)

These areas within your home are essential to clean in order to stay healthy, but another item you should consider cleaning frequently is your jewelry.

Think about it: as you continue to touch doorknobs, grab items, and even type on your computer, your jewelry is being exposed to thousands upon thousands of germs daily. 

While you’re stuck at home, why not add cleaning your jewelry to your list of to-dos!

MJ Christensen’s has the best tips for cleaning your jewelry effectively and efficiently. Here’s how you can get started with your jewelry cleaning project now:

How to Clean Your Diamonds

While diamonds are amongst the strongest elements on earth, they are not exempt from getting subjected to germs.

Diamonds must be able to stand up to the after-effects of daily wear. Oils, sweat, dirt, and grime become trapped from day-to-day within your gorgeous jewelry pieces. By cleaning them regularly with dish soap and water, you will be able to refrain from further build up and damage.

Let your mixture and diamond soak for 20-30 minutes and use a toothbrush to delicately extract any leftover filth. Lastly, pat your diamond dry to avoid any water spots on your sentimental piece.

How to Clean Gemstone Jewelry

In order to tackle those rubies, sapphires and other precious stones, you need to be aware that hot water is a big no-no for gemstone jewelry.

Instead, the best way to clean gemstone jewelry is to use lukewarm water complete with a couple droplets of dish soap. Similar to the way you wash your diamonds, be very gentle with scrubbing the stones with a toothbrush and make sure to pat dry to avoid water spots. 

How to Polish Your Gold Jewelry

When it comes to rose gold, white gold, or yellow gold jewelry, standard gold polishes will safely and efficiently clean your pieces. 

If you are dealing with tarnished jewelry, simply create a lukewarm water and dish soap combination and include a drop of ammonia. If you feel uneasy with cleaning your own tarnished jewelry, you can always rely on an expert jewelry cleaner to weigh in on the best ways to clean your tarnished gold. 

How to Clean Your Pearls

Pearls are a tad different from normal gemstone-based jewelry, and thereby should be treated as such. 

Rather than use a water-based solution like so many of our other jewelry cleaning tips, you instead want to snag a chamois cloth to safely clean your cultured pearls. If you have soiled pearl jewelry, then it is acceptable to use lukewarm water. For cultured pearls, avoiding water will be the best way to avoid further damage for cultured pearls may soak up the water. 

If you have any questions about what type of pearls you have, please let us know and we will be more than happy to help! 

No one could have predicted that we would be in the situation that we are in today. Thankfully, this goes to show that we need to be more grateful for the things we have, and never take anything for granted in the process. 

Use your time wisely today to connect with family and friends, tackle household projects, and most importantly…relax!

Use this time to also make sure your household items (including your beloved jewelry!) is sparkling clean.

We look forward to our store reopening and getting the opportunity to see you all again! Stay safe!

April 07, 2020