Protecting & cleaning jewelry increases the value

Cleaning Jewelry and protecting your fine Antique Jewelry and estate jewelry by storing it in the best possible condition, makes it more sought after and therefore more valuable. However cleaning fine jewelry is fraught with danger especially for the over-enthusiastic new collector.

Some of the cleaning jewelry tips on this page are from the book, by Judith Miller,"How To Make Money Out Of Antiques", 1995.

Gently wash in warm soapy water. Thoroughly rinsed and dried. wipe on a little olive oil with cotton wool, then wipe off.

Cleaning jewelry with aquamarine involves gently washing the stones with tepid soapy water, then rinse and dry.

Clean Cameo jewelry by first removing grease with a small artist's brush dipped in white spirit. Then brush over the affected area with a solution of warm soapy water plus a couple of drops of ammonia. Rinse by brushing on clean water, before drying with a piece of chamois leather.

Remove grime with cotton buds dipped in a solution of warm water plus a little detergent. remove stubborn deposits with a paste of crocus powder and water, again gently applied with a cotton bud. Finally, when cleaning jewelry with real coral rinse with clean water.

Wash in warm soapy water removing stubborn grease and grime by brushing on a little methylated spirits and ammonia.

Gently wash in a solution of warm soapy water and a few drops of ammonia.

Wipe down with a soft sloth moistened with warm water and a little detergent. The wipe with clean water and dry thoroughly. Finally, wipe on a little almond oil and leave for a couple of minutes and wipe off.

Clean with a soft cloth moistened with warm soapy water and a couple of drops of ammonia.

Clean by gently rubbing with pieces of fresh bread. This unusual method really brings out the shine!

Clean opal jewelry with cotton buds dipped in warm, soapy water. Rinse, applying clean water with cotton buds dry.

Cleaning pearls is a subject in itself. Click here for cleaning and caring of Pearls.

Clean ruby jewelry by gently rubbing with cotton wool bud dipped in warm soapy water. Then rinse and dry thoroughly, before lightly wiping down with a piece of chamois leather moistened with alcohol.

Clean in the same way as Rubies (above).

Build Your Own Website! Wash with warm soapy water, rise and dry thoroughly. Then, either apply a fine, white wax polish or wipe on a little almond oil.

Clean with a cotton bud dipped in methylated spirits.

Read more in our Antique Jewelry Glossary

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