General Advice on Silver Care
- What do anti-tarnish protectors do?
- Do Town Talk Silver dips give anti-tarnish protection?
- My silver is almost black, what should I use to clean it?
- How abrasive are Town Talk silver cleaners? Will I damage thesilver if I polish it too often?
- What is the best way to clean silver cutlery?
- How do I clean a silver charm bracelet?
- Which should I use, Town Talk Silver Polishing Cloths or the Polishing Mitts?
- Should I use Town Talk Silver Polish or Silver Foam?
- Will the Town Talk cloth logo scratch my silver?
- Can I dip precious stones in Town Talk Silver Sparkle?
- Should I rinse jewellery after using Town Talk Silver Sparkle?
- My Town Talk Silver Foam appears to have dried out...
- My Town Talk Silver Polish Spray won’t work...
- Cleaning silver and brass musical instruments
- How to clean gold jewellery
- Best way to clean vermeil and gold plated jewellery
- Cleaning platinum jewellery
- How long do Town Talk Gold and Silver Polishing Cloths last?
- How should I clean diamonds?
- How to clean precious gems and stones
- What’s the best way to clean pearls?
- Tips for cleaning silver jewellery
- How do I clean copper or brass?
- Which is the best stainless steel cleaner to choose?
- Can I clean my stainless steel cutlery with Town Talk Cutlery Rinse?
- How should I clean my glass or crystal chandelier?
- Any top tips for cleaning touchscreens?
- How do I clean and protect marble finishes?
- What’s the best care for my antique wooden furniture?
- Can I use Town Talk Furniture Wax on lacquered furniture?
- Cleaning Leather Furniture
How to clean gold jewellery
For bringing back a deep shine to your gold jewellery try a Town Talk Gold Polishing Cloth. This will polish out the small scuffs and leave your jewellery looking like new again in no time!
For gold jewellery with hard gemstones, you need our renowned Jewel Sparkle which is especially designed for cleaning all your gold earrings, rings, necklaces and bracelets etc. It gently dissolves surface grime on the stones and the metal mounts, which will make the gemstones shine much more brightly! Try also our handy Jewel Sparkle Wand, Mini Jewellery Spray and Jewel Sparkle Tissue Sachets.
When using the Jewel Sparkle dip, avoid fully submerging gold watches, or jewellery that has emeralds, coral, amber, opals, or any stones that have water-soluble fixings (other hard gemstones are fine). Instead, use our Microfibre Polishing Cloth on the stones and a Gold Polishing Cloth to buff up the gold.
Best way to clean vermeil or gold plated jewellery
Vermeil and gold plated jewellery are very different options when it comes to purchasing jewellery. Vermeil is sterling silver covered with a layer of gold which must be at least 2.5 microns thick. Gold-plated jewellery, on the other hand, uses a cheaper base metal such as steel or brass, and has a thinner coating of gold. As neither are solid gold they should be treated carefully and we recommend cleaning both vermeil and gold plated jewellery with one of our microfibre Jewellery Polishing Cloths. This will safely remove all the surface dust, pollution, oils etc that might dull or even damage the surface, and so restore the shine.
Cleaning platinum jewellery
Clean platinum rings and jewellery in Town Talk Jewel Sparkle then polish with a Gold Polishing Cloth.
How long do Town Talk Gold and Silver Polishing Cloths last?
The Town Talk Gold and Silver Polishing Cloths will carry on working as long as they are not washed. As you use them, they will start to turn black. This is a chemical reaction rather than a build-up of dirt and shows that the cloth is doing its job! Store them in a dry environment and you need only replace them when they are quite black on both sides.
How should I clean diamonds?
A clean diamond will possess much more brilliance than when it’s dirty. So remove any grime lurking under or around the setting using our Town Talk Jewel Sparkle. For daily sparkle your diamond is best cleaned with our Diamond Polishing Cloth, which will grab any surface dust or grease.
Or, when you’re on the go, try a Town Talk Jewel Sparkle Wand. The brush is specially designed to get behind settings and remove trapped dirt which can dull the diamonds. A quick rinse in water and polish dry with the Microfibre Cloth that’s provided and hey presto – the sparkle and shine of your jewellery is restored!
How to clean precious gems and stones
There are so many different types of gemstones it can be difficult and confusing to know the best way to care for them. Their durability can vary greatly, so they cannot all be treated in the same way. Furthermore each piece of jewellery is unique and may have its own specific cleaning requirements, for instance there may be a mix of stones or it may be made with multiple types of metal pieces, so if you are in any doubt do ask the manufacturers or the place of purchase what care advice they can offer.
We have categorized below those gemstones which can be cleaned safely in our Jewel Sparkle (or with a Jewel Sparkle Wand, Jewel Sparkle Spray, or Jewel Sparkle Tissues), and those which are more delicate and should be cleaned simply with one of our Microfibre Jewellery Polishing Cloths.
Town Talk’s Jewel Sparkle is designed to clean gold, platinum, diamonds and many precious stones by gently dissolving the residues of everyday life – such as soaps and detergents, food particles, body oils and perspiration – that adhere to their surfaces.
Leave your jewellery in the liquid for one or two minutes. After that, a little work with the brush should remove any embedded dirt, particularly in the settings of rings and brooches. It is this build-up of dirt which, if left, can cause the stones to look dull. Rinse and dry your jewellery with a soft cloth after use.
The following gemstones can safely be cleaned in our Jewel Sparkle:
Agate, Amethyst, Apatite, Aquamarine, Blue Topaz, Citrine, Diamonds, Garnet, Jade, Moonstone, Onyx, Ruby, Sapphires, Zircon.
Town Talk’s Microfibre Jewellery Polishing Cloths are designed to gently remove the everyday smears, oils and grease that can build up and cause the stones to look dull. We recommend the following gemstones are not dipped but cleaned with one of these cloths:
Amber, Coral, Emerald, Opal, Turquoise.
If you have a gemstone or type of jewellery not mentioned here, please contact us using the form above and we will do our best to advise.
What’s the best way to clean pearls?
Pearls are among the most delicate of all gems. They are sensitive to acids, chemicals, body oils and perspiration so avoid pearls coming in to contact with perfume, cosmetics and hairspray.
If they are not cleaned correctly, the surface can become pitted and dull. Soap may not remove all the surface impurities and, indeed, may harm the pearls if the soap is too harsh. Worse still, the soap residue may remain on the pearls, leaving them looking dull and lifeless.
Town Talk’s Pearl Cleaners are ideally pH balanced for pearls and will clean the delicate surface of these natural gems effectively. Choose between our Mini Pearl Spray, and one of our Pearl Care Kits. All will safely clean the impurities away from your pearls and they come with a soft microfibre cloth to polish them dry afterwards.
Pearl necklaces should not be dipped or washed as this may cause the thread to expand which could crack the pearls.
Tips for cleaning silver jewellery
For the very best results clean silver jewellery with Town Talk Silver Sparkle followed by one of my Anti-Tarnish Silver Polishing Cloths.
Please note that Silver Sparkle and Silver Polishing Cloths are not suitable for jewellery made of oxidized silver, i.e. silver which has been intentionally blackened during the manufacturing process, as their use will remove the blackened finish. We recommend you use a Microfibre Jewellery Polishing Cloth instead.
For silver jewellery containing other gemstones we recommend using a Silver Polishing Cloth on the silver, and a Microfibre Polishing Cloth on the gemstones.