How to Clean Your Jewellery: A Comprehensive Guide

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Jewellery is more than just adornment; it's a reflection of personal style, cherished memories, and significant milestones. Over time, however, even the most precious pieces can lose their lustre due to everyday wear and exposure to elements.

At Hogans Family Jewellers, we understand the value of your heirlooms and are dedicated to helping you maintain their brilliance. In between visits to our showroom, where you can take advantage of our complimentary check and clean service, we recommend giving your pieces a clean at home. We've put together an in-depth guide on how to clean your jewellery effectively and safely at home.

Before commencing though, it's important to understand the fragility of certain gemstones so please ensure you check the gemstone and the precious metal you're about to clean.

You Will Need:
- A soft, lint-free cloth
- Mild dish or perfume-free soap
- Warm water
- A 'soft' or 'extra-soft' bristled toothbrush
- A bowl

Step 1: Mix a few drops of mild dish soap into a bowl of warm water. Avoid using hot water, especially for fragile gemstones, as it can cause cracking.

Step 2: Place the jewellery in the solution and let it soak for about 15-20 minutes. This helps loosen dirt and grime.

Step 3: Using the soft-bristled toothbrush, gently scrub your jewellery. Pay attention to crevices where dirt can accumulate. For intricate designs, a soft brush can reach those tiny areas without causing scratches.

Step 4: Rinse the jewellery under warm running water. Make sure the drain is covered to avoid any accidental losses.

Step 5: Blow on the jewellery piece to remove any excess liquid, before patting the jewellery piece dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. Avoid using paper towels as they can leave scratches.

Additional Jewellery Tips:
Maintaining the brilliance of your jewellery also involves preventative care. Simply make a habit of cleaning your jewellery regularly to prevent buildup, store jewellery pieces separately in a jewellery box or pouches to avoid scratches and always remove jewellery before swimming, showering, or engaging in rigorous activities such as exercising or gardening.

Cleaning your jewellery is a straightforward process that, when done correctly, can significantly extend the life and beauty of your pieces. By following our easy step-by-step guidelines, you can ensure your heirlooms remain as radiant as the day you purchased them. For any questions or professional cleaning needs, Hogans Family Jewellers is here to help. If you have any questions before cleaning them, please don't hesitate to contact our team. For those who can make it into our physical showroom location, at 241 Margaret Street, Toowoomba, please don't forget that we also offer a complimentary check and clean service to all customers and this can be done within 15 minutes with no bookings required.

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