Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How to Clean Men's Metal Cufflinks

Mens cufflinks are a fashion item that never goes out of style. Usually seen on men that are dressing up for a special event in a tuxedo or beautifully made suit, dress shirts with French cuffs call for handsome cufflinks. Although highly traditional, this style of shirt is very elegant and can make the outfit and the man.

Caring for cufflinks will depend on the metal. Since there are so many types of cufflinks, this is Part I, focusing on the solid metals. Cufflinks should be cleaned regularly and stored in a jewelry box, men's valet or in a specially made box that stores cufflinks. Take time to clean them regularly and store them properly and your cufflinks will look pristine for a very long time.

Here is how to care for your solid metal cufflinks quickly and easily.

Sterling Silver Cufflinks - Mix up a solution of 2-3 drops of a mild liquid dish washing soap with 1/2 cup of tap water. Use a soft brush or cotton cleaning cloth and clean away any dirt and debris. Rinse completely and towel dry with a soft cotton cloth. If your cufflinks have tarnish to the metal you will need to use and anti-tarnish polishing cloth to remove it and to polish them up.

Genuine Gold Cufflinks - Purchase a commercial jewelry cleaner that is made specifically for genuine gold jewelry. Follow the directions on the packaging and clean accordingly. If this makes you nervous or you just don't have the time to clean them, you can take them to your local jeweler and have them clean the cufflinks professionally for you.

Stainless Steel Cufflinks - Make a solution of water and mild dish washing soap (2-3 drops of liquid soap and 1/2 cup of tap water) and use a soft brush or clean cloth to remove the debris and dirt. Rinse completely and towel dry.

by Jasmine Yesak, Contributing Editor at, online retailer of quality jewelry boxes, jewelry organizers and watch boxes. Jasmine is a Jewelry Enthusiast and Organization Consultant, she writes about Jewelry Care and Jewelry Storage Tips.

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