Your jewellery questions answered…

Question MarksEver wanted to know something about your jewellery but just don’t know who to ask? Well that’s what The Jewellery Channel is here to do. Simply ask a question and we’ll try our utmost to get it answered.

I bought a silver ring from The Jewellery Channel. It says 925 on it. What does that mean? A mark that says ‘925’ or ‘SS’ on an item means that it is sterling silver (92.5% pure silver), which is your best bet if you want your jewellery to stand the test of time.

What’s the easiest way to clean my jewellery? Follow these easy steps to give your jewellery the sparkle it deserves:

Cleaning CareWhat you’ll need:

  • Clean bowl filled with lukewarm water
  • Mild dishwashing liquid or jewellery cleaning solution
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Toothpick
  • Strainer
  • Soft cloth

Before you commence, also check that the settings of your jewellery are secure so the gems don’t become displaced during cleaning. If you’re using a specialised commercial cleaner, also make sure that it has been properly sealed and is not past its expiry date, since stale cleaning solution could damage certain types of jewellery.

Getting started – this is the easiest method for cleaning all types of jewellery safely:

  1. Pour mild dishwashing liquid into the bowl of lukewarm water – the right amount will depend on how many jewellery items you’re cleaning, but generally mix one quarter of lukewarm water with 2 tablespoons of dishwashing liquid.
  2. Place your jewellery into the bowl and let it soak for 10 -20 minutes to loosen any dirt.
  3. Very gently (so as not to scratch the metal or gems), rub each jewellery item with the soft toothbrush.
  4. Use the toothpick to tackle any difficult nooks and crannies.
  5. Once cleaned, place your jewellery into the strainer and rinse it thoroughly under the tap.
  6. Double-check that your jewellery has been washed clean of all dirt.
  7. Dry it gently with a soft towel. To be sure your items are completely dry before storage, it’s a good idea to leave them lying on the towel for about half an hour.

When it comes to silver, polishing is crucial as this metal is prone to tarnishing. It’s advisable to use a specialised paste, liquid polish or a treated polishing cloth that is specifically intended for silver.

Need any help with metal types, styles and the four Cs? So long as its jewellery related we’ll try and help you. Pop your question in the reply box and we’ll answer and publish it in our next Questions and Answers installment.

Love TJC x

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