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How To Use Tools To Clean Your Jewellery

How To Use Tools To Clean Your Jewellery

A goldsmith demonstrates how jewellery cleaning is done professionally.

Hi, I'm Cherie Birks from Cool Diamonds in London, Hatton Garden, and I'm a goldsmith here and I've been a goldsmith for nearly 10 years and I trained for that in Australia. But apparently, we sell diamonds mounted in platinum, 18-karat white gold and 18-karat yellow gold. I'm here to demonstrate polishing and resizing of rings and diamond jewellery.

So now, I'm going to demonstrate how we professionally clean jewellery and how you can replicate that at home. So, I'm just going to start with a yellow gold ring. So first of all, we need to polish the metal of the ring which is done over here on the polishing lead.

We're using an array of cotton mops with cutting compounds. The cutting compounds we use range from coarse to fine as just the grade of the cotton on the mop. So, we'll start with the coarse one.

We just add a little bit of compound to that and start polishing the metal. So, it doesn't need a lot really. And so, we go to a slightly finer grade of cotton and a finer cutting compound.

We don't need to do them all because these ones are specifically for hard white metals, which is not what fits at the moment, and then to the finest grade of cotton. And that's it for the polishing process. The metal is nice and shiny but it's full of grease so we'll take it over to our ultrasonic cleaner.

These cleaners you actually can purchase for cleaning your jewellery at home and so we just pop that on the hook and submerge that. And the bath that we use is hot water, dish detergent and some cloudy ammonia, and so the sonic waves go through that and vibrate the grease out and the heat will also help degrease that. And then, we'll go over to our stain cleaner and that will dislodge any more polishing compound that's in there and any other dirt and grease.

And that's how we clean a ring professionally. .