How to keep your jewelry clean

May 24, 2011 – Since childhood, little girls have loved their mother’s jewelry boxes. It’s a place full of beautiful treasures and as soon as you’re old enough, you look for somewhere to keep your jewelry.  

For many of us, our jewelry stops looking as bright after frequent wear. Metals tarnish because of exposure to oxygen and moisture, as a result losing their shine.

Other jewelry have abrasions because of poor storage and reactions with perfume or make up. 

The one thing we rarely do is clean our jewelry. Different methods work for different types of jewelry, so consider this a 101 on making sure your jewelry lasts.


We all have a collection of beads that we wear all the time. To clean beadwork use surgical spirit. It removes the oils and dirt that accumulate after constant use. Wipe then air dry before storing.  


If you’re lucky enough to have it, here’s how to make sure your daughter gets to wear it.

Soak it in warm water with mild dish washing liquid for 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and dry it with a soft lint-free cloth.  


Sterling silver tarnishes easily and to prevent this you need to polish it often. Store it in air tight bags or alternatively keep a stick of chalk in your jewelry box to absorb the moisture.  Change the chalk every 3 months.  To clean silver dissolve one tablespoon of salt and one tablespoon of baking soda in warm water. Line a container with aluminum foil. Pour the mixture in the container and soak the silver items for 10 minutes before rinsing and buffing with a cloth. If there is a layer of tarnish in hard to reach areas you can use a tooth brush to clean.

For antique silver pieces do not use this method, instead use silver polish and buff to shine. 

Cleaning jewelry is an occasional activity. Set a date every few months to get your collection looking fabulous. With most other types of jewelry you can wipe them clean especially if they have not been worn for a long time.  Take this time to also check if there is any damage and set them aside so you can take them for repair. There is nothing as depressing as discovering your favorite piece is damaged when you want to wear it.


Article by: Saiton Tameno




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  1. Anonymous October 30th, 2011 at 10:20 pm

     My comments are not biased. I am not a sycophant and i will  never be. I am from Nyeri and,therefore, we share the same county with President Kibaki. Kabando wa Kabando is my Member of Parliament and on the legacy of  President Kibaki, i totally agree with him. We can ridicule President Kibaki for whatever reasons but for now and ever, history has placed him as “the first of all firsts”. Note am talking in past tense because President Kibaki laid down the foundation for Kenya and it is upon those who come later to either build on that or destroy. I can attest to his successes in all fields of economy. To some, this might be debatable but i challenge you to state clearly if Kibaki’s administration did not achieved a lot for the benefit of all and by this i mean all people regardless of what you refer to as classes. I would remind you that even the most developed countries in the world, have classes. The claim to class was often used by  ODM patriots in the wake to 2007 General Elections . To be honest, i would not say Kibaki’s administration have created more categories of human relations, he  only worked to eliminate those categories. He worked for a system of egalitarianism in our society and no wonder every community in Kenya can point to a project initiated and completed under Kibaki’s administration.

    We will sing President Kibaki’s name once we face the worst of others’ .In the Kikuyu community, there is a saying that goes, One (cow) is only exhorted as having produced much milk when it’s dead. This is a saying associated with regrets and i wouldn’t want my fellow Kenyans to regret.We can redeem President Kibaki’s image not for anything but to give him credit which he deserve.

    Africanboi studies in the U.S. and he is a patriotic Kenyan

    1. Cooperlee90 October 31st, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      you present a very shallow argument,but then you are still in school.Perhaps you should concentrate on your studies rather than proffer empty and meaningless positions

    2. Makorimokua October 31st, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Hey keep to books.  And why didnt you take your studies here.  Escapists!

  2. Simon Dondi October 31st, 2011 at 6:24 am

    So what? Kibaki scuttled the first attempt to get a new constitution and only agreed when he had seen that his tribalistic agenda has been implemented to the letter and after seeing the slaughter of his villagers after his blatant theft of elections. Whatever Kibaki did it was because of pressure and after being put in a corner with no way out. In any case, the economy he claims to have built is crumbling under his nose and he is sending the shilling crushing into retirement with himself! 

  3. Mkenya Damu October 31st, 2011 at 9:45 am

    Corruption, tribalism, unemployment, drug trafficking and crime is up since Hon Mwai Kibaki took power in 2002. Why have all the “sensitive” dockets like treasury, security, trade, OP, KRA been given to members from just one region? According to Prof Alston report, how many innocent Kenyans have been executed by the Kwekwe squad after being unfairly labelled Mungiki? What happened to 500k jobs per year promise? What happened to “corruption ceasing to be a way of life and no more sacred cows” declaration when Kibaki was sworn in 2002? It’s true that the president has done some good work on roads and education, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been sleeping on the job as far as the above points are concerned. We must never also forget that post election violence where over 1,000 were killed and over 800, 000 displaced all happened right under his watch. In short, I believe Kibaki could have done much better if he really wanted. So in that case, I will give him a C minus.

  4. Lee Cooper October 31st, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    “The Kibaki Government allowed all citizens to think for themselves, work and earn a living”. What happened in the past – the government though for us and provided for us?? Also I dont think it was Kibaki’s call as far as the constitution is concerned.It had to happen.period.Kenyans still needs sycophants like yourself, and am sure as election year approaches, your kind of chaps will sing louder….

  5. mwafrika October 31st, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    you have spoken!!! Kibaki will forever  be remembered generations after generations for the foundation he set in this great nation. That’s why we cannot make a mistake of electing the wrong person in 2012.

  6. upuzi_tele November 1st, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Kibaki’s legacy? corruption, insecurity, tribalism. Didn’t Al Shabab settle in Kenya during Kibaki’s presidency? Hon Onyonka said it all. The government has allowed Al Shabab to settle in Kenya and do business. Why is he sending the military in Somalia when he knows where they are and what businesses they own in Kenya?


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