Guide to Cleaning Jewelry with Jewel Brite
We’re often asked, “how do I clean my jewelry with Jewel Brite?” It's actually really easy to do, the real trick is doing it often enough so that your jewelry always looks clean and shiny. We recommend keeping the cleaner next to a sink, but not out of sight.
To clean your jewelry: Simply place the jewelry in the soak jar, and let it soak for a few minutes. You can use the included brush to help speed up the removal of hardened residues in areas like the access (area underneath the stone).
Soak, Rinse, Dry, Wear
Sometimes there will be hardened residue, with characteristics similar to super glue. For these cases, when the brush isn’t able to quickly remove the buildup, you can soak longer to allow the cleaner time to break down the hardened residue and dissolve it into the solution.
Dip, Brush, Soak, Rinse, Dry, Wear
Jewel Brite works great in an ultrasonic cleaning machine. Simply Pour the solution in, no need to dilute. Do make sure that you only clean jewelry suitable for ultrasonic cleaning in your machine.
Once you have clean surfaces throughout your jewelry, it is recommended to continue soaking once or twice a week to keep residues from building up. If you wear it daily, it gets dirty daily. In this case, a quick dip and a brush is all you need to keep your jewelry looking it’s best.
Special Care: For porous stones, and costume jewelry, you must not soak them. Simply dip the jewelry in the solution, and use the included brush to scrub away any residues hiding in the crevices. Try to avoid brushing porous stones directly.
Dip, Brush, Rinse, Dry and Wear.
- Porous stones will absorb, and if left to soak their appearance can become foggy looking until excess moisture works its way out.
- The porous nature of pearls and opals can often lead to a change in color or appearance in the stones. As in a yellowing of a pearl, or a more cloudy opaque look for opals. This is from absorbing contaminants in the course of regular wear, or exposure in storage.
- When you have this type of coloration, it is possible to see an improvement over time as the contaminants are displaced. Don’t expect to see a complete reversal from one cleaning. The cleaner will boost luster and return fire, but repairing damage isn’t as simple or guaranteed.
- Costume Jewelry normally contains glue, and often paint. Liquids soften glue, and can remove paint. For that reason it is recommended to follow the same cleaning procedure as you would with porous stones.
Optional: When you have finished cleaning your jewelry, you may notice your cleaner has a darker color or even debris floating around in it. This is normal, and you can remove some or most of this by straining the solution with a cheese cloth or coffee filter to get some extra mileage out of your cleaner.