I have some KJL and other goldtone fashion jewelry pieces that I love. They seemed to have tarnished/dulled a bit. What is the best way to clean these pieces without ruining them?
i wouldn't use much more than a damp cloth, and polish with a dry. I don't think it's a good idea to use any chemicals on fashion.
You could maybe use a DROP of dish soap in a little water. nothing more.
amazon sells fashion jewelry cleaner. check it out.
I just swish the jewelry in a sink of soapy water, rinse and dry.
Thanks for the advice ladies. I will start with a soft cloth and a little soap and water. If that doesn't work I will get some of the fashion jewelry cleaner and try it on an older less loved piece.
You do not EVER put fashion jewelry in water if it has a spring hinge/clasp (steel will rust), or has glued in stones (glass or plastic)--especially now that the manufacturers are using less glue than ever. The water can not only damage the backing on a crystal stone, but the glue can break down, and then you lose a stone without realizing it. Now if the piece is solid metal with no hinges and such, then you can wash it like it's gold. I have plenty of metal brooches where the pieces are literally soldered together, and they'll do fine with a quick wash.
At most you use a damp cloth, rub with a dry cloth, and if needed, a polishing cloth can finish shining things up.
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