We are regularly asked this question and the basic truth is there is no definitive answer. The best option is what works for you and doesn’t harm your items.
Cleaning Jewellery at Home
Some people choose to routinely clean their rings every couple of weeks at home, using everything from lukewarm water, vinegar, baking soda, gin and other life hack cleaning methods. Although there’s nothing wrong with the majority of these methods, we do recommend a professional clean every 6 months if it suits and definitely once every 12 months.By having a regular professional clean like that, you greatly improve the appearance of your jewelry and it’s lifespan. This allows future generations to love your gemstones just as much as you do today. That is, of course, if you wish to have your jewellery become an adored family heirloom.
If you have any questions about the cleaning process or service charge, please don’t hesitate to contact us for a bespoke quote today, and speak to one of Nettletons dedicated staff who will be happy to advise you accordingly.
Whether you need your wedding ring cleaning or a whole matching set of matching set including a bracelet, necklace and earrings, Nettletons will gladly help.
Looking after your Jewellery
1. Ring Inspections
Rings are the one item of jewellery that is probably most prone to encountering the harsh realities of daily life. Although usually the most sentimental pieces of jewellery, they also live on our hands, which we tend to use almost all day, every day. Rings that we wear everyday will encounter many objects and fibres, more so than bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings that are occasionally worn. As with other everyday items such as clothes and shoes rings do wear over time, inevitably the more you wear your ring the more prone it is to wear and tear; this is why we need to treat our jewellery with exceptional care.
At Nettletons Jewellers we offer an exhaustive ring care service. This service includes inspecting the condition of your rings, whilst advising you of any work that may need carrying out. Ensuring your ring is in a fit state and condition, and that any loose stones or worn claws are acknowledged. We recommend that you have your ring inspected every 12 months, simply to assess the condition of your ring to be on the safe side.
2. Ring Cleaning and Rhodium Plating
The beauty of having an on-site workshop means that we can clean and get your rings sparkling again quickly. White gold rings require rhodium plating due to the properties of the metal. You may find your white gold ring has started to discolour and turn yellow, this isn’t something you need to worry as it’s relatively common. Bring your ring in to the shop and we can assess the state of your ring before rhodium coating it.
Rhodium coating is exactly what it sounds like. It’s the application of a white metal, rhodium, and makes your white gold ring look a lovely vibrant colour. This process can usually be done within the day, as we understand many of our customers like to have their rings back on their fingers as quickly as possible.
Cleaning gold, rose gold, platinum and palladium rings is slightly more straightforward. These precious metals can be polished, removing signs of wear and tear and giving them that new sparkle. Again, we will assess your ring before we take it into the workshop to be cleaned, and advise you of any restoration work your ring may require.
If your ring is set with precious gemstones once we have cleaned and polished the metal we will clean your ring within our ultrasonic machine. The vibration of the plates within the ultrasonic machine helps to remove and dirt and grime that an ordinary clean may not reach.
How often should I have my rings cleaned?
We recommend you have your rings cleaned every 6-12 months to keep them sparkly and new, however this timescale varies dependent upon the wearer. Some people may require their rings cleaning more frequently than others. We would advise that you take your rings off when you are carrying out tasks such as gardening, washing your hands or applying creams as this will naturally prolong the cleanliness of your ring, particularly if your ring is set with diamonds.
How long does ring cleaning take?
Not long, ring cleaning can be done within a day for you and most rings are usually cleaned within a couple of hours. Visit our shop and we can clean and polish your ring whilst you enjoy the delights of Clitheroe.
How much does ring cleaning cost?
Ring cleaning varies dependent upon the style and metal of your ring. Contact us to discuss your ring with one of our specialists.