Jewelry Maintenance Supplies and Information

by Barbara van Look, Marketing Content Development Group, Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

Jewelry, when properly cleaned and polished, maintains its value and draws the eye. Protect jewelry and jewelry-making supplies with the appropriate cleaning and polishing methods. Before you clean your pieces, look them over to detect loose stones, fraying cord, gapping jumprings and other types of natural wear and tear.

Please note that some gemstones and jewelry should never be cleaned with chemicals, steam or ultrasonic cleaners. Care should also be used for glued-in materials such as pavé, rhinestones, triplet opals or inlay work. Check the ''Gemstone Cleaning Chart'' or the ''Gem Notes Gemstone Information'' section for more information on caring for specific gemstone and organic materials.

Mechanical Jewelry Cleaners

Briliant Spa® Steam Cleaner
Item Number 4049TL Brilian Spa Steam Cleaner

  • Small size for individualized use
  • Professional quality cleaning
  • No chemicals! Uses ordinary tap water
  • For diamonds, gold, silver and platinum jewelry
  • For other hard gemstones check the ''Gemstone Cleaning Chart'' for specific stones
  • Stainless steel catch basket, coated tweezers, fill cup and funnel
  • Avoid using the Briliant Spa® with opal, emerald, tanzanite, kunzite, garnets, peridot, pearls, coral, turquoise or stones that are glued-in or porous


Professional Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaners and Cleaning Solutions
Ultrasonic Cleaning Machines and Supplies
  • Ample basket size, compact counter space
  • Uses only a few drops of dishwasher soap per load
  • For gold, silver and platinum jewelry
  • For diamonds and other hard gemstones (check the ''Gemstone Cleaning Chart'' for specific stones)
  • Great for eyewear as well as jewelry
  • Stainless steel removable basket
  • Easy-to-read blue and red indicator lights
  • 3-minute auto clean cycle
  • Automatic shut off
  • Energy efficient--uses less electricity than a common light bulb
  • CE/ETL approved
  • Avoid using the Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner with opal, emerald, kunzite, pearl and rhinestone jewelry


Lortone Model 3A Rotary Jewelry and Rock Tumbler
Rock and Jewelry Tumblers and Supplies
  • Easily smooths and polishes up to 3 pounds
  • Quiet patented rubber barrel
  • Water-tight seal
  • For precious metal jewelry and jewelry components, fired Art Clay® designs or small rocks
  • One-year manufacturer's warranty
  • UL/CSA approved
  • Made in USA
  • Avoid using the Lortone Rotary Jewelry and Rock Tumbler with faceted gemstones (especially emeralds), pearls, glued-in and plated items. Check the ''Gemstone Cleaning Chart'' for specific stone care.
Jewelry Polishing Cloths

Moonshine® Polishing Cloth
Moonshine® Polishing Cloth
  • Reusable polishing cloth
  • Non-staining and non-scratching micro-polishers
  • Removes tarnish from gold, silver, platinum, copper and brass (avoid using on pearls or plated items)
  • Safe for chrome, wood, ceramic, hard plastic and glass
  • Safe to use until completely soiled
  • Avoid washing, as that will remove polishing compound from cloth


Fabulustre® Jewelers Rouge Polishing Cloth
Item Number H20-1536TL Fabulustre® Jewelers Rouge Polishing Cloth
  • Two-in-one reusable cloth
  • One side with jeweler's red rouge for tarnish removal
  • Other side with soft flannel for final polishing
  • Polishes sterling silver to a mirror finish
  • Use on precious metal jewelry and components
  • Made in USA
  • Avoid using on plated items and sterling silver pieces with soft stones
  • Avoid washing, as that will remove polishing compound from cloth


Sunshine® Polishing Cloth
Item Number H20-1543TL Sunshine® Polishing Cloth
  • Reusable polishing cloth
  • Non-staining micro-abrasives
  • Removes tarnish from gold, silver, platinum, copper and brass (not for use on pearls or electroplated items)
  • Safe for chrome, wood, ceramic, hard plastic and glass
  • Safe to use until completely soiled
  • Avoid washing, as that will remove polishing compound from cloth


Selvyt® Polishing Cloths
Selvyt® Polishing Cloths
  • Reusable polishing cloths
  • 100% natural cotton
  • Velvety soft
  • Preferred brand of silversmiths and watchmakers
  • Removes tarnish, dirt and natural oils
  • Formula has anti-tarnish effects on jewelry
  • Specially formulated cloth for sterling silver
  • Unique weave traps dust particles, leaving no residue behind
  • Avoid washing, as that will remove polishing compound from cloth


Blitz® Dry Wipes Jewelry Cleaner
Item Number H20-6163BS Blitz® Dry Wipes Jewelry Cleaner
  • Clean, shine and protect platinum, silver and gold that is 22Kt or less
  • Scent-free, non-abrasive and non-toxic
  • Disposable cleaning wipes
  • Designed for travel
  • Made in USA
  • Avoid using on pearls, opals, coral, lapis lazuli, malachite, ivory, 24Kt gold or lacquered surfaces


Blitz® BrassShine™ Tarnish Eater
Item Number H20-4163TL Blitz® BrassShine™ Tarnish Eater
  • Clean, shine and protect brass and copper
  • Scent-free and non-toxic
  • Leaves no residue behind
  • Avoid using on lacquered surfaces
  • Use caution when cleaning antiques, as that can diminish their value


Blitz® Sterling SilverShine™
Item Number H20-4162TL Blitz® Sterling SilverShine™
  • Clean, shine and protect sterling silver and silver-plated jewelry and décor items
  • Scent-free and non-toxic
  • Leaves tarnish-retardant behind after polishing
  • 100% cotton flannel cloth
  • Use caution when cleaning antiques, as that can diminish their value

Jewelry Cleaning Cloths

Polyester and Polyamide Polishing Cloths
Item Number H20-6819BS Polyester and Polyamide Polishing Cloths
  • Soft, non-scratch cloths
  • Ideal for glass surfaces and beads
  • Polishes without depositing lint
  • Multipurpose cloths work well with cleaning liquids and pastes


Polyester and Nylon Polishing Cloths
Item Number H20-5326BS Polyester and Nylon Polishing Cloths
  • Microfiber cloth designed for glass and crystal, lenses, monitors, touchscreens and more
  • Ideal for removing dust and oils
  • Handwash for repeated use

Metal Clay Jewelry Cleaning and Polishing Paste

Pikal Care
Item Number H20-2219BS Pikal Care
  • Designed to clean and protect finished metal clay pieces
  • Adds sparkling luster
  • Leaves anti-tarnish coating behind
  • Can also be used on stainless steel

Jewelry Cleaning and Polishing Fluids

Glitz Jewelry Shiner
Item Number H20-3293TL Glitz Jewelry Shiner
  • Organic-based, ammonia-free
  • Safe for plated and rhinestone jewelry
  • Non-toxic and biodegradable formula
  • Safe to use around children and pets
  • Cleans without removing antiquing
  • 2-ounce bottle fits in airline carry-on top zip bags


Jewel Brite Professional Jewelry Cleaner
Item Number H20-2086TL Jewel Brite Professional Jewelry Cleaner
  • 100% biodegradable
  • Ammonia-free, alcohol-free, acid-free
  • Safe for pearls, opals, soft stones, plated items and costume jewelry
  • Cleans without removing antiquing or oxidization
  • Rinses film-free
  • Use as a dip or in a spray bottle for rhinestones, inlay and glued-in items
  • Pleasant smell


Empire's Instant Tarnish Remover
Item Number H20-1042TL Empire's Instant Tarnish Remover
  • Dip for 2-10 seconds or apply with cotton swab
  • Safe for precious metal, copper, brass and plated jewelry or components
  • Avoid using on pearls, opals, porous stones, bakelite or lacquered surfaces
  • Avoid using on painted jewelry, aluminum, pewter or stainless steel


De-Solv-it® Icky Sticky Stuff Remover
Item Number H20-7261BS De-Solv-it® Icky Sticky Stuff Remover
  • 100% organic jewelry cleaner
  • Includes citrus oils, aloe vera and other organic compounds
  • Ideal for removing decals, tape, grease, labels, pencil, wet paint, a range of wet glues and more
  • Testing on unobtrusive area of jewelry is recommended before full use
  • Avoid using on pearl, turquoise, opal, malachite and other soft, porous gemstone materials


EZ Brite® Cleaner (Gel form)
Item Number H20-6993BS EZ Brite® Cleaner (Gel form)
  • Clean, polish and restore luster to non-laquered stainless steel, chrome and glass
  • Gel form clings to surfaces for better control
  • Flip-top squeeze bottle offers directional use
  • Biodegradable, environmentally safe non-suds soap
  • Avoid using on silver, aluminum and lacquered or painted surfaces, as well as stainless steel appliances or cabinetry


Penny Brite® Cleaner (Gel form)
Item Number H20-6992BS Penny Brite® Cleaner (Gel form)
  • Clean, polish and restore luster to non-laquered copper, stainless steel, solid brass chrome, glass and ceramics
  • Gel form clings to surfaces for better control
  • Flip-top squeeze bottle offers directional use
  • Biodegradable, environmentally safe non-suds soap
  • Avoid using on silver, aluminum and lacquered or painted surfaces, as well as stainless steel appliances or cabinetry


Penny Brite® Cleaner (Liquid form)
Item Number H20-6195BS Penny Brite® Cleaner (Liquid form)
  • Clean, polish and restore luster to non-laquered copper, stainless steel, solid brass chrome, glass and ceramics
  • Liquid form for dipping or using included application pad
  • Biodegradable, environmentally safe non-suds soap
  • Avoid using on silver, aluminum and lacquered or painted surfaces, as well as stainless steel appliances or cabinetry


Blitz® Foamz™ Cleaner
Item Number H20-6162BS Blitz® Foamz™ Cleaner
  • Non-aerosol foam cleaner wipes away dirt and restores shine
  • Scent-free and non-toxic
  • Designed for use on jewelry with diamonds and other hard stones
  • Avoid using on pearl, turquoise, malachite and other soft, porous gemstone materials


Blitz® Gem and Pearl Cleaner
Item Number H20-6159BS Blitz® Gem and Pearl Cleaner
  • Designed for use on gold, silver, platinum and hard gemstones
  • Ammonia-free, 100% non-toxic
  • Includes basket and brush
  • Concentrate--mix with water to make cleaning solution


Blitz® Delicate Gem and Pearl Cleaner
Item Number H20-6160BS Blitz® Delicate Gem and Pearl Cleaner
  • Designed for use on jewelry with emerald, ivory, onyx, opal, pearl, turquoise, lapis lazuli, coral, malachite and other porous precious and semi-precious gems
  • Gentle cleaner is non-toxic


EUROTOOL® Shine Brite™ Cleaner
Item Number H20-5521BS EUROTOOL® Shine Brite™ Cleaner
  • Easily remove tarnish from silver
  • Dip cleaner includes basket
  • Removes oxidation and tarnish in less than 2 minutes--even removes Liver of Sulfur™
  • Biodegradable cleaner
  • Avoid using on pearl, turquoise, malachite and other soft, porous gemstone materials
Jewelry Tarnish Prevention

Anti-Tarnish Storage Supplies
Anti-Tarnish Storage Supplies
  • Non-toxic
  • Reduce polishing time and polish less often
  • Neutralize sulfur gases in enclosed storage or displays
  • Strips protect approximately 1 square foot (enclosed space)
  • Capsules protect approximately radius of 2 feet (enclosed space)
  • Each strip lasts approximately 6 months; Zerust capsules can last up to 1 year; Zerust paper can last up to 5 years
  • Choose according to metal: silvers, steels and copper alloys
  • Do not use Shine-On™ Coppertex® strips with silver, lead, antimony, babbit alloy, solder, magnesium or magnesium alloys
  • Leave no odor
  • Zerust capsule leaves anti-tarnish coating behind


Anti-Tarnish Bags and Organizers
Anti-Tarnish Bags and Organizers
  • Plastic bags and organizers with tarnish inhibitors in the plastic
  • Designed for use with non-ferrous metals (non-iron) such as gold, silver, copper, brass and bronze
  • Sealed bags protect contents at least 2 years
  • Closed organizers protect contents for up to 5 years
Allergy Protection

Jewelry Shield™ Jewelry Protective Coating
Item Number H20-3076TL Jewelry Shield™ Jewelry Protective Coating
  • Special formula protects skin
  • Shields skin from jewelry irritation
  • Prevents skin discoloration
  • Use as protective coating on dyed beads to prevent color bleed
  • Brush-on resin product
  • Easily removed with nail polish remover
  • Works on pierced earring styles
  • Safe for all metal types
  • Includes brush (similar to nail polish bottles)
  • 1/2 ounce bottle fits in airline carry-on top zip bags


Comfee™ Ear Protectors
Item Number H20-A2881FN Comfee™ Ear Protectors
  • Designed for use with post earrings
  • Plastic sleeves and backs designed to cover earring posts and prevent metal from contacting skin, both inside and out
Please remember, if you are uncertain, take your pieces to a jeweler for professional assistance.

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