Hard as it is to accept, our hoops, rings and necklaces get just as dirty and dusty as everything else in our home. In a recent piece in The Daily Mail, experts explain how to bring the dazzle back to your diamond jewelry without having to pay a visit to your local jeweler. Instead, you can use ingredients available at any home. Here are some of their recommendations:
• Use lager to polish gold hoop earrings: the alcohol dissolves any oil and grease sticking to the gold, and the fizziness of the lager contains carbon dioxide gas, which breaks down dirt particles.
• Brush gemstones with toothpaste: toothpaste makes it easier to remove ingrained substances such as oil and dirt that wouldn’t normally dissolve in water. However, be careful with jewelry mounted with glue as the toothpaste might damage the adhesive and loosen the stone.
• Put diamond in a glass of vodka or gin: the high alcohol content of vodka and gin dissolves dust and grease. Also good for sapphires, emeralds and rubies, but the alcohol could damage pearls or coral.
• Shampoo your pearls: shampoo contains a chemical called sodium laureth sulfate. If you mix a few drops with water, it dissolves the greasy compounds that cling to the pearls.
• Clean your rings with sparkling water: sparkling water contains dissolved CO2. Put your diamond or ruby ring in a glass with sparkling water, and the bubbles will “scrub” away at the dirt.