There are many reasons why your jewellery might need a bit of a clean. Everyday wear, or very infrequent wear, along with exposure to cosmetics, pollution and dirt can all contribute to your piece losing some of its vibrancy over time.
Dirt and dust can be easily (but carefully!) removed by gently washing the piece in warm water with a drop of liquid soap and a soft bristled brush - I like to use a soft toothbrush. Please take care, especially with delicate pieces and/or stones!
But if the jewellery is heavily discoloured and tarnished it will need something a bit more specialist, as soap and water will not remove this. As an alternative to commercial silver cleaners I'd like to share this quick and easy jewellery cleaning method, which uses super simple, safe ingredients which you probably have in your kitchen cupboards.
Welcome to the Journal, I'm glad you're here!
This is going to act like a blog, I suppose, but without a set structure or timeline. Also, I'm a maker, not a writer, and 'blog' sounds a little out of my comfort zone, so Journal it is.
Think of it like an artists journal; a working record of notes, inspirations, useful pieces of information and maybe some things I've loved, and would love to share.