Hi I'm Helena Krodel of Jewelry Information for howdini.com. Today we're going to be talking about how to care for and clean your jewelry. It's actually quite simple. A simple formulation of water with ammonia is actually the most affordable and the easiest. So if you take three parts water and one part ammonia and mix it together, you can clean most gemstone jewelry. You drop it in and if you take a soft-bristle tooth brush and just scrub out most of the debris. That works just the same for diamonds too.
Now for pearls it's a little bit different. Wearing your pearls often is actually recommended. The most important thing however is to put them on last when you get dressed. And then when you take them off, make sure you brush them with a soft chamois cloth and them store them in your jewelry box away from all other jewelry so that they don't get scratched.
Now over the counter formulations are available and are very affordable too. And you can find them at most jewelry stores. And that cleans almost all jewelry. Every six months to a year you should bring your jewelry to a reputable jeweler to have it cleaned. They have something called an ultra-sonic cleaner which will be the best way to get your jewelry sparkling. However it's not safe for some gemstones like emeralds. And that's how we care for and clean our jewelry. I'm Helena Krodel for the Jewelry Information Center for howdini.com.