When I left my job as an entertainment reporter at MuchMoreMusic I was given my very first piece of Tiffany’s jewellery as a going away present. I cannot begin to describe the feeling of opening up a bag and finding your very first “little blue box”.
I don’t know why a Tiffany’s blue box is so beautiful while a recycling blue box is so hideous but those are the facts. I’m a proponent of redesigning the whole Blue Box program to either the Black Box or Beige Box program. I mean seriously, how many homes are positively accented by a pukey, bright blue box? A smurf’s house. That’s about it.
Anyhow … this Tiffany’s bracelet was the start of a Tiffany’s giving parade the likes of which you have never seen. You see, my boyfriend found the bag this bracelet came in and threw a gift in it for me for our 1st. anniversary. I can’t remember what it was. A pencil or some toenail clippers, or something of that nature. Certainly not something I was expecting to see as I raced to open up the blue Tiffany’s bag.
Yeah, um … he’s since been told to NEVER give anyone a present in a Tiffany, Chanel, Prada or Gucci bag unless that bag CONTAINS Tiffany’s, Chanel, Prada or Gucci.
He felt so bad for his man-blunder that I received a piece of jewellery from Tiffany for every birthday, anniversary, and Christmas for the next 7 years.
The problem with it, is I can’t wear it all at once. Well I could, but with all that shine and sparkle, I’d look like the Raccoon Whisperer.
So other than the ring I wear every day, whenever I put a piece on I have to clean it. So there’s a lot of jewellery to clean and not a lot of time to do it. Who has time to clean jewellery? Maids. That’s who. Not me.
This is the easiest, most sure fire way to *instantly* clean even the most tarnished of silver jewellery. Yes. Even that ring you got in Mexico 9 years ago.
What you need …
Silver Jewellery Dip (cleaner)
(available at jewellery stores or probably the mall. I hate the mall)
A Silver Polishing cloth
(If you buy a good piece of silver they’ll give you one of these, otherwise buy it at a jewellery store. Or the mall. I hate the mall)
Your polishing cloth will get filthy like this in no time. It doesn’t matter. It still works like a charm.
Lift the plastic basket out of the jar of cleaner.
Put your piece of jewellery into the basket. A tisket a tasket.
Submerge the basket in the jar and swirl it around for 10 seconds at the most! Often you only need to dip the piece in then take it right out again. Do NOT leave your jewellery in the dip. If you leave it in too long it’ll RUIN your silver. So remember!
Pull the basket out of the cleaner. INSTANTLY clean.
Rinse your jewellery under water. If you leave it in the basket you run less a risk of sending your earring down the drain. Also, just putting the plug in the sink would help with this.
Dry the jewellery with a paper towel.
Give it a final polish with the polishing cloth.
Remember to run your cloth down and in between the links if you have a necklace or bracelet.
My 10 year old bracelet, like new.
The difference between the before and after is even more dramatic in real life. It’s kind of addictive actually, this jewellery cleaning business. Such an instant sense of satisfaction. And far fewer calories than the instant satisfaction one would get from eating a bag of potato chips.
For your viewing pleasure a 30 second video to how you exactly how quickly this can be done. It’s faster than peeling a rotten banana.
Thanks to Trysha who inspired this post with her Ask Karen question. Hope your cuff cleans up nicely. If you have an Ask Karen question … click on the Ask Karen button on the upper righthand corner. I may or may not answer you. One thing I definitely won’t do is give you some toenail clippers in a Tiffany’s bag.
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