Jewelry can be a good investment, not only for the beauty of the precious metals and stones themselves, but also because of the value. Some jewelry can hold their value or even appreciate over time. Of course, there are pieces of jewelry that don’t necessarily have a high monetary value, but are family heirlooms that are passed on from generation to generation.
Jewelry lasts longer and looks better when well-maintained. Depending on the type of metal or stone on your pieces of jewelry, cleaning and maintenance will be different, and will involve different cleaning materials and methods.
The difficulty with cleaning a necklace made of silver and turquoise is that there is a vast difference between how silver and turquoise should be cleaned. These require different cleaning solutions, and methods.
What you need
- Silver polish or metal polish
- Soft cotton cloth
- Microfiber cloth
- Baking soda
- Soft-bristled toothbrush
How to do it
- Wipe off any fingerprints or any stains on the surface of the silver portion. Use a soft cotton cloth that’s free of nubs. You can use a microfiber cloth to make sure you don’t scratch the surface of the metal.
- Use metal polish to remove any heavy tarnish. The silver part of the necklace should be cleaned using a cloth specifically made for polishing silver.
- You can also use baking soda to clean the silver portion of your jewelry. Simply place some baking soda in your hands, and wet it a bit, such that it forms a paste. Then, roll the silver back and forth gently in your hand using the paste as a grit to clean the silver. Take special care not to let the baking soda come into contact with the turquoise.
- The turquoise part of the necklace can be cleaned using water. Simply dip a soft toothbrush in water. Then, scrub the stone gently. Be careful as not to scratch the surface of the stone or the surface of the silver near the turquoise.
- Dry the stone using a soft, cotton cloth. Again, make sure the cotton cloth is nub-free.
- Try to clean each portion with focus on the item you are trying to clean. For example, when cleaning the turquoise, be careful not to brush the silver portion. You can use a clean cloth to cover the parts that should not be cleaned yet.
- Avoid getting the turquoise in contact with the silver or metal polish. This solution can tarnish the turquoise and might cause it to become discolored.
- The same should be said for baking soda. Although baking soda is a mild abrasive, it is still an abrasive, and can scratch the surface of the turquoise.
- After cleaning, ensure that your jewelry is 100% dry before you keep it in your jewelry box or a sealed container. Any water or moisture locked into the metal might cause the silver to corrode, especially if you will be sealing it in a box or plastic.