Because of hip-hop culture’s popularity, a wide variety of chains have been showcased, such as the Gold Chain, Cuban Link Chain, Figaro Chain, Mariner Chain, and the Rope Chain. You have some great chains in your collection. When you wear them all the time, whether in the office or at the gym, they’ll get a little grimy. So, some simple daily maintenance can keep your jewelry in good condition.


Why you need to clean your chain

Although men’s chains are stylish, it would be a pity if your chain lost its brilliance. As you wear your jewelry from time to time, it’s easily exposed to dirt, dust, oils and sweat from your skin, all of which can ruin the luster of the chain. Perfume use can also cause your chain to darken or look faded. Regular cleaning of a Gold Chain can effectively dissolve some of the dirt that has embedded itself on the surface of the jewelry. Regular maintenance will help your jewelry last longer. In particular, the Pave Cuban Chain below is covered in gemstones and requires regular cleaning to ensure that it looks as bright as ever.


How to clean your chain

It’s easy to clean, and basically you can do it yourself. The first method is particularly important, as it’s very simple routine maintenance, and the cleaning and maintenance methods are the same as with ordinary jewelry.


Method 1: Gently brush with warm water and a neutral detergent

Convenience: ★★★★☆

Cleanliness: ★★★☆☆

Frequency: once a week or once every two weeks

First of all, we need warm water, soapy water, or a neutral cleaning solution, and let the jewelry soak in it for a while. Next, use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush the intersections of the chain or the crevices where gemstones are set. After cleaning, rinse again with warm water, gently wipe it dry, and store it separately in a soft storage bag.

Key points of the cleaning process

■ Use warm or soapy water

■ Clean it at the sink and plug up the drain first.

■ Avoid using acidic vinegar and baking soda

■ Keep silver and brass jewelry dry

■ Avoid jewelry bumping into each other when cleaning

■ Keep jewelry away from perfume, cologne or cosmetics


Method 2: Use a jewelry cleaning solution

Convenience: ★★★★☆

Cleanliness: ★★★★☆

Frequency: Once every two weeks

There are many jewelry cleaning solutions on the market, but they have slightly different functions. Consider using a multi-purpose cleaner, which is usually appropriate for metallic materials, gemstones, enamel, glass, etc. It’s very jewel-friendly because the surface of jewelry is usually plated with gold, palladium, platinum, copper, nickel or silver, depending on the color displayed. This jewelry cleaning solution can be used repeatedly until the cleaning power is reduced or the soaking solution becomes dirty.

Key points of the cleaning process

■ Dilute the jewelry cleaning solution with water according to the product guidelines

■ Soak it for a few minutes, then gently brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush

■ Take the jewelry out and rinse with water

■ Wash gently and wipe with a soft cloth before storing it separately.


Method 3: Use an ultrasonic cleaning machine

Convenience: ★★★☆☆

Cleanliness: ★★★★☆

Frequency: once every three months

The ultrasonic cleaning method requires the service of a jeweler and can’t be done by yourself. If your jewelry has been worn for a long time and is difficult to clean, it can be treated with an ultrasonic cleaning machine that emits low frequency sound waves to remove dust and dirt. However, there are many things to keep in mind with this cleaning method.

Jewelry that isn’t appropriate for ultrasonic cleaning methods

■ Gemstones with cracks in the jewelry.

■ Organic stones are not suitable for this cleaning method, including pearls, coral, ivory and amber.

■ Gemstones that have been heat treated, as well as semi-precious stones that have been treated or filled.

■ Gemstones that are vulnerable to high temperatures and temperature changes.


Method 4: Steam Cleaning

Convenience: ★★★☆☆

Cleanliness: ★★★★☆

Frequency: Once a month

Steam cleaners are gentler than ultrasonic cleaners, and have the advantage of not using chemical solutions, meaning you can clean your jewelry in a more natural way. There are some models on the market that combine an ultrasonic cleaner and a steam cleaner into one model. However, there are some restrictions on how they can be used as well as ultrasonic cleaners.

Jewelry that isn’t appropriate for steam cleaners

■ Gemstones with cracks in the jewelry.

■ Organic stones aren’t suitable for this cleaning method, including pearls, coral, ivory and amber.

■ Semi-precious stones that have been treated or filled.

■ Gemstones that are vulnerable to high temperatures and temperature changes.

These are the four cleaning methods we suggest. ICEHIPHOP treasures every piece of jewelry together with you. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact ICEHIPHOP.

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