Platinum clad sterling silver jewelry allows you to have all the wonderful shine and durability of platinum without the high cost. In addition, platinum-clad sterling silver jewelry isn’t easily tarnished or discolored and, as it ages, it develops a beautiful sheen. However, oils from your lotions, makeup and skin, along with hairspray and dirt, can dull its natural shine. You could take your jewelry to a professional for cleaning, but it is easy to do at home.
The whole cleaning process should take no more than an hour, depending on how many pieces you have to clean. The ammonia based cleaning mixture is for plain platinum clad sterling silver jewelry or those pieces that contain diamonds only. The ammonia will harm any other stones. For other gemstones, you can use the detergent and water mixture, leaving out the ammonia.
Silver Jewelry Gemstone Rings
Cleaning jewelry that is composed of both gemstones and silver requires a different tactic depending on the specific gemstone involved. Hard crystalline stones such as diamond, ruby or sapphire are more durable than softer gemstones such as turquoise, pearl or opal, and the silver requires its own special treatment. Any silver jewelry with a gem that has a possible inclusion (chip, crack or anything else that weakens the structure of the crystal) in it should never be cleaned in an ultrasonic cleaner, and care should be taken when using any chemicals. The gemstone and the silver should be carefully cleaned separately with the appropriate materials.
Your gemstone rings, including those made from diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, garnets or rubies set in gold, silver, platinum or other precious metals, can be cleaned at home when you can’t take them to a jeweler for an ultrasonic cleaning. Be careful with rings made from soft gemstones such as pearls. Do not wear your gemstone rings during household cleaning chores because chemicals such as ammonia and bleach can damage the stones.