To clean fine gold and silver jewelry, use a little ammonia or dishwashing detergent and warm water with an old toothbrush. If the jewelry is particularly dirty, soak the items in the mixture overnight to dislodge any dirt. Things to avoid: DonŽt use anything abrasive, such as scouring powders or toothpaste. YouŽll just scratch up the gold. And stay away from bleach or chlorine containing products. They can sometimes tarnish or damage some gold alloys (Especially white golds). Alka Seltzer in water is often recommended for cleaning both fine and costume jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes. The effervescent action of the tablets works to loosen dirt from the jewelry, but will not remove tarnish from silver. Use caution when cleaning costume jewelry, since costume jewelry can be damaged by water.
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