Caring for Beaded Jewelry
Thoughtful and daily care is the best technique for keeping your beaded jewelry scratch free and brilliant looking.
First rule- Apply your make-up, perfumes, hair spray, lotions, etc. BEFORE you put your beaded
Second rule - Don't wear beaded jewelry in the shower, swimming pool or during housecleaning
chores. Besides the fact you would look like "Leave it to Beaver's" mom -harsh chemicals and cleaning agents can dull
or scratch the surface of some beads.
Cleaning your Beaded Jewelry
Most cases, all you need is a clean soft cloth, like a chamois.
Silver beads can be cleaned up with a silver cloth. If this is not readily available, you can also use a non abrasive
toothpaste. Rub it on with a damp cloth and then buff.
Gold findings have jewelry cleaning solutions widely available to clean them. Oily buildup can also be removed
from gold with plain rubbing alcohol.
Pearl jewelry can be fragile. Wash with mild soap and water to remove perfumes, lotion and hair spray. If
your pearl jewelry is splashed with red wine or other disaster, you may need to resort to a product specific for cleaning
Shells, Wood and other porous surfaces may require some special care. A soft paintbursh or toothbrush is handy
for cleaning dust as well as the dust air canisters like the ones used to clean computer keyboards found at most office supply
stores. An inexpensive alternative for the compressed air is keeping a clean, empty dishwashing liquid container and
squeeze it for a burst of air.
Most other gems- the GIA or Gemological Institute of America recommends cleaning most gems with warm water, a mild soap
and a soft brush. Those pulsing water-dental cleaning appliances and a soft cloth can also be used. However, this
does depend on what the beads are strung on. If you are cleaning your jewelry in or near the sink, be sure to place
a rubber mat or cloth in the bottom of the sink over the drain to avoid loosing any small pieces or parts down the drain.
To keep your beaded jewelry clean between use, remove your jewelry before going to bed and place it in a closed storage
container of some kind. Jewelers recommend storing each item in its own compartment or wrapping them in tissue when
putting more than one item in a compartment.