Friday, September 16, 2011

How to Clean and Care for Platinum Jewelry

It is nice that we have so many choices of different metals for our fine jewelry today. It use to be just gold in varying strengths or sterling silver.  Now with platinum being a great alternative, there are some differences in how to clean and care for your fine platinum jewelry to keep it bright and shining. Here are some tips for you.

When it comes to taking care of your platinum or platinum plated jewelry, you want to treat it like fine jewelry and keep it protected at all times. As you are storing your jewelry pieces when not in use, they should be places in a lined jewelry box and kept separated from other pieces so that they are not lying on one another which could cause stratches.

Platinum jewelry needs to be cleaned with a "fine jeweler's cleaner" or a cleaner that is made specifically for platinum jewelry. It is advised that you don't use homemade jewelry cleaners on your platinum jewelry as you don't want to damage the finish on the platinum, or any gemstones that may be set in your pieces. In between cleanings you can buff or polish your platinum jewelry pieces with a nice jeweler's soft polishing cloth to keep them nice and shiny.

Diamonds and clear stones look so lovely set in platinum; very flashy and sparkly and definitely an attention grabber.  Platinum is a strong metal so it can take long term wear, but make sure you clean it and store your platinum properly when it is not being worn.  It will remain looking wonderful forever. And isn't that why we buy our fine jewelry anyway? Our treasured keepsakes can be worn with love and passed to future generations with pride.

by Kaye Lefier, Contributing Editor at, online store specializing in wooden jewelry boxes and leather jewelry cases. Kaye is an avid Jewelry Collector and writes about Jewelry and Jewelry Trends

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