Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Thieves Cleaning my Jewelry

As we near the end of March, I noticed that my few pieces of aquamarine jewelry are looking pretty grimy.  Back in the day, when we lived in California, I worked in a jewelry store.  When I left I 'borrowed' a couple tubs of jewelry cleaner.  But it's been a long while since I used it all up, though it was also chock full of chemicals.  One thing I recall about cleaning jewelry from my days at the store, you don't want to use regular soap, because it will leave grime on your stones.  You might get the dirt out, but you'll likely leave behind a film that will detract from the sparkle and natural beauty of the stones.

So I decided to look up a recipe for using Essential Oils, a more natural cleaner to retain the natural beauty of my stones.   Here goes my experiment.

Recipe for Oily Jewelry Cleaner

2 tsp Thieves Cleaner
2 tsp Witch Hazel
1 tsp Baking Soda
3 drops Lemon oil
3 drops Tea Tree oil 

Mix in a glass jar, soak jewelry in for a minute or so, then remove, gently brush with toothbrush.  Do not scrub or use on pearls, opals, or turquoise.  Rinse clear with water and pat dry.  

If you want to see my Video of using it and creating it, here you go:  

Sorry I turned it sideways a quarter of the way through, I'm not a professional videographer.   
Photos are more my thing. ;)

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