How to Clean Rhinestone Jewelry
Rhinestones jewelry is a beautiful and popular accessory for Western fashions. With proper care, pieces can last for many years. Here are some tips on how to clean your rhinestone jewelry.
Rhinestones often have a foil backing that makes them reflect light. If the foil backing becomes damaged, it will make the rhinestone darker and unable to reflect light.
The foil backing on a rhinestone is very susceptible to damage caused by moisture. You should never clean rhinestone jewelry with water or with cleaners made for other types of jewelry.
In order to clean your rhinestone jewelry, you will need a soft-bristled brush, such as a toothbrush or makeup brush; a soft cloth or Q-tip; a small pointed pin, such as a hat pin or dressmaker’s pin; and rubbing alcohol or Windex.
The first step is to use the soft brush to gently clean the rhinestones. You can do this with any type of rhinestones except aurora borealis. They scratch too easily and should be cleaned with a very soft cloth. Cleaning with a brush or cloth will remove a lot of dirt and may be the only step you need to take.
If you can’t remove all of the dirt with a brush or cloth, use the pin to remove dirt and grime around the settings and prongs. The pin should easily remove it and is small enough not to damage the stones.
You can spray Windex on a soft cloth (never directly onto the rhinestones) or use rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth or Q-tip. If you use a cloth, it should only be moist, not saturated. As you clean, blot the rhinestones often with a dry, soft cloth. Clean the rhinestones gently and be careful not to catch the cloth on the prongs.
After you have finished cleaning your rhinestone jewelry, leave it out to dry for about an hour. Turn it upside down to prevent moisture from getting onto the foil backing. You can speed up the process by using a hair dryer on a low setting for a couple of minutes. After the jewelry is dry, store it in a pouch or small jewelry box away from other jewelry so it will not get scratched.
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