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How to clean jewellery

In the times of coronavirus, keeping your hands clean having become increasingly important. But it’s equally as important to make sure your jewellery is bacteria free as well as looking brand new.

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How to clean jewellery

Ben Stinson, an expert from the UK’s leading Hatton Garden jewellers, Diamonds Factory explained how jewellery must be cleaned.

Mr Stinson said you can take care of your jewellery with an easy six step guide.

The first thing you must do is check the condition of your jewellery.

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Jewellery: Cleaning jewellery is not as complicated as you might thing (Image: GETTY)

Jewellery can hold great sentimental value to its owner (Image: GETTY)

If the stone appears to be loose, you should take the piece to a jeweller to have it professionally cleaned and fixed.

The next step includes putting your jewellery in a small bowl with warm water.

Add washing up liquid and leave it soak for 20 to 40 minutes.

After leaving the jewellery to soak, use a new soft-bristle toothbrush and give it a light brush.

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You can clean your jewellery by putting washing up liquid in a bowl of hot water (Image: GETTY)

Mr Stinson said: “We recommend using a kids toothbrush because they are generally softer but remember to only keep this toothbrush for cleaning jewellery and no other purpose.”

“Remember to brush the base of the lower part of the diamond as a lot of dirt can build up at the base where the diamond is mounted.”

For the fourth step, rinse the jewellery piece under warm, running water.

When this is done, carefully dry the jewellery with a clean and fresh cotton or linen cloth.

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If you don’t have this at hand, you can let it air dry.

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As a final step, you can use a polishing cloth to rub it over your piece of jewellery to make it shine.

You should make sure you always store your jewellery in a dry place.

Moisture is the main factor that speeds up the tarnishing process.

You should place your jewellery in a dry box (Image: GETTY)

Mr Stinson said the process of cleaning your jewellery should be repeated once every seven days.

He said: “This process can be repeated once a week to help keep oils and products from building up.

“However, it is recommended that you take your diamond and jewellery to be professionally cleaned twice a year.

“To prevent the need to clean your items more frequently than once a week, we recommend removing your jewellery whenever washing your hands with soap, anti-bacterial hand gel, or washing up liquid.”

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