Expert Advice on Caring for Jewelry

  • April 16, 2018
  • Lifestyle

Gusterman’s Keeps You Sparkling

A new piece of jewelry comes out of the box shiny and sparkly but it doesn’t take long for that shine to fade through regular wear and tear. The good news is that you can clean and shine your jewelry at home using common cleaning supplies and a few tips from Gusterman’s Mary Eckels, who has owned the popular Larimer Square boutique since 1978.


“Many people ask when visiting the shop if there is a solution that we use to wash and clean jewelry,” said Eckels. “This is our classic, tried and true solution mix.  It uses traditional, low-cost materials available at the hardware or grocery store.”


Gusterman’s jewelry cleaning recipe:


Gallon Jug

5 oz. aqua ammonia

25 milliliters of castile soap

20 oz. Borax Soap

1 oz. washing soda

1 large squirt of Dawn liquid soap


Put ingredients in a jug and fill with water.  Shake well. Pour amount needed (usually about a ½ cup) into a user-friendly container like a glass bowl or a mason jar and use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the piece of jewelry.  Rinse thoroughly with water and admire the sparkle once again. Keep the remainder of the cleaning solution in the jug. To keep your jewelry gleaming, Gusterman recommends washing your pieces twice a month.


For more heavily tarnished or damaged pieces, head over to Gusterman’s Silversmiths or give Mary a call at 303-629-6927.



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