Organization and cleaning are queen today at the 3rd Ward Jewelry Gallery.
Who doesn’t like a clean space or beautifully polished jewelry? Last week I spoke about jewelry collections… so how does one maintain this collection? In today’s blog post, I am going to show you my top two favorite ways to clean jewelry.
Speaking of cleaning, this afternoon Mollie and Jenny are organizing the front of 3WJ while a beautiful light fixture is being installed above a display case containing Joanna Gollberg’s work. Our “closet studio” in the back of the house is what I have been getting organized – by the way, did you know that 3WJ has a jeweler’s bench? Yep! Mollie has a passion for creating a warm environment for her customers and her artists. I think that any artist would be happy in the space for some time. We have been joking that if 3WJ were to offer an artist residency that it could be called the “Closet Residency.” Really, though, it is a great name for a residency.
Okay – on to the good stuff!
Pictured above: polishing a lovely ring by David and Ronnie with a Sunshine Cloth.
One of our favorite ways to polish fine silver is polishing the jewelry with a Sunshine Cloth. Yes “Sunshine Cloth” is actually the brand name. These cloths are magical – they brighten a jewelry piece from the natural patina that occurs, as well as remove natural dirt and grime from almost any piece. If you do not have a Sunshine Cloth and have noticed your pieces starting to tarnish, I highly recommend finding one of your own online. Personally, I keep a Sunshine Cloth in my jewelry box at home and occasionally polish a piece if I feel that it needs a bit more of a shine.
The next solution to taking care of your tarnished pieces is Tarn-X. This clear liquid is the answer to all of the cast elements or tiny chains that need a good polishing. See the before and after image of sterling silver chain below –
Before & after: polished silver on the right, unpolished silver on the left.
Tarn-X seems to be an intense name for such delicate pieces, but I find that this bottle of clear liquid cleans up the most detailed pieces better than a Sunshine Cloth. Although Tarn-X is not safe for set stones, it is a widely used solution amongst jewelers. Please be sure to protect your hands by wearing rubber gloves while using this solution and read the directions well before using this at home.
These are the top two methods I offer for cleaning your jewelry at home! I hope that you, too, will have beautifully polished, hand crafted jewelry ready to adorn.
Where to purchase these products:
Sunshine Cleaning Clothes and Tarn-x can both be easily purchased on Amazon.
Tarn-x can also be quickly picked up at most Walgreens or Walmart.
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