I had a ball attending the 24K dinner in New York in a to-die-for pair of jade and diamond earrings. And I thought that as the Queen of Clean I should share cleaning how-tos for jade. For jade is all the rage these days. Pantone announced that emerald is the 2013 Color of the Year, so the intense green of jade (along with emeralds, malachite and more) has found its way to the runway, the red carpet and the jewelry boxes of fashionable women everywhere.
But those ladies of fashion may not know just how to clean this stone, which in ancient Egypt was admired as the stone of love, inner peace, harmony and balance. So of course you’ll want to keep it looking lustrous!
A gentle cleaning formula, like The Kingswood Company’s Gentle Jewelry Cleaner, is safe for your jade pieces. A quick soak followed by buffing with a cotton cloth will spiff them up nicely. If your jade piece has carvings or crevices, you may want to use a small brush with light pressure so as to not scratch the surface. Because jade can scratch or crack, do not clean in an ultrasonic cleaner (the Queen of Clean recommends leaving ultrasonic cleaning to the pros only!). Once you have your jade piece cleaned up, keep it looking beautiful going forward by buffing it with your a cotton cloth after each wearing and storing it carefully. Jade can scratch or become over-dry, so store it in an area with some humidity and protect it with a jewelry pouch.