The Jewelry Clean & Polish Process

The Clean & polish process

Jewelry isn’t just an accessory; it’s a treasured reflection of your style and memories. Our guide covers everything you need to keep your jewelry, whether it’s sterling silver, gold, or plated metals, in pristine condition. With expert cleaning, polishing, and inspection, we ensure your pieces always shine like new.

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Routine Care for Timeless Elegance: Clean, Polish, and Inspect

Regular maintenance is key to preserving the beauty and longevity of your jewelry. Our process involves:

  1. Buffing and Polishing: This initial step removes minor scratches, smoothing the surface to restore its shine and smoothness.
  2. Thorough Cleaning: We meticulously clean your jewelry to eliminate dirt, oil, and residues. The method varies depending on the gemstones, using an ultra-sonic cleaner for hardy stones like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires, while providing delicate care for sensitive gems like opals and pearls.
  3. Steam Cleaning: A final steam clean ensures no dirt or cleaning agents remain, leaving your jewelry spotless.
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Reviving the Shine: The Plating Process

For many jewelry items, a crucial fourth step is the plating process. This includes:

  • Rhodium Plating for White Gold: To achieve that bright, white finish, white gold jewelry requires rhodium plating after cleaning and polishing.
  • Re-Plating Silver and Gold-Plated Items: Jewelry made of sterling silver or brass, plated with gold or silver, also needs re-plating post-cleaning to refresh its appearance.
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A Reminder for Jewelry Owners

While not all jewelry demands repair, every piece benefits from routine care and maintenance. By entrusting your jewelry to our expert services, you ensure its beauty and durability for years to come. Keep your treasures looking as magnificent as the day you received them with our specialized clean, polish, and inspection process.\

Originally Published December 20, 2016, Updated and Expanded December 15, 2023

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