By Amanda GreeneHow to Clean Your Jewelry at Home
A quick Web search will turn up hundreds of different methods for cleaning your jewelry-like using toothpaste to make diamonds sparkle, beer to shine gold and ketchup to polish silver. These are exactly the kind of clever tricks you'd love to try…just not on your own jewelry. So instead of experimenting with Grandma's heirlooms, we talked to the pros to find out how to safely care for your jewelry.
"When pearls are visibly dirty, wash them in 1 teaspoon of Woolite diluted in 1 quart of water," says Kathy Higginbotham, Silpada Designs' director of quality control. "Immerse them for 10 to 15 seconds, wipe with a soft cotton cloth and lay flat to dry." Store them in a cotton bag-never plastic-separate from other jewelry. To ensure that they stay lustrous, think outside the jewelry box: wearing them regularly will keep them polished, thanks to your body's natural oils. When you take them off, wipe them with a dry cotton cloth.
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