Chances are, much of the jewellery we cherish has gone unworn in the past year. With nowhere to go, our special pieces have stayed firmly shut away, often gathering dust and rust, becoming dull and brassy. While storing your jewellery in a dedicated jewellery box can really help maintain its condition, it pays to also give your pieces a sprucing up from time to time.
Luckily, Stacey Solomon, who has become known on Instagram for her home hacks, just shared her super easy routine for keeping her jewellery clean and all you need is soapy water and some silver polish. Noting that this works especially well on costume jewellery (which tends to lose its shine and colour more frequently), Stacey wrote on her Instagram Stories:
‘But oh my gosh I sorted through my jewellery it’s mostly costume jewellery which is fine but some of it is sentimental special bits that I hardly where and they’re actually brown.’
‘Why? Should I be storing them in something special?’ She then questioned, before sharing her technique for cleaning them: ‘I put them in warm soapy water for a couple of mixtures and rubbed them with silver polish.’
‘If anyone knows a secret to keeping them like this let me know,’ she added, suggesting that the soapy water and silver polish may not be a long term fix.
Jewellery can lose its shine and colour for numerous reasons, including everything from keeping it on while showering to leaving it out on surfaces, unprotected, for longer periods of time. The good news is that as well as Stacey’s hack, there are plenty of failsafe methods for restoring it to its former glory.
Cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch (a friend of Stacey Solomon) has her own method, for example, and all you need is some white vinegar and bicarb of soda. ‘Quickly popping my jewellery in a bicarb bath for a clean,’ she shared with her followers on Instagram in a story in 2020.
‘Mixture of ½ cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of bicarb for two to three hours,’ she explained, before adding: ‘rinse them under cold water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.’
Sounds easy enough to us!