Product Type: Connoisseurs Household Cleaning
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A Chemical Clean for your Jewellery
Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner
Member Name: StampedingTurtes
Connoisseurs Jewellery Cleaner
Advantages: Very, very effective and fast!
Disadvantages: Chemicals, strong smell, harmful to environment, irritant, expensive
Connoisseur's jewellery cleaner
I bought this as a couple of my favourite jewellery items were looking a little bit worse for wear. This was especially true of my Thomas Sabo bracelet and the charms to go with it.
I managed to get it from a local dry cleaning and key cutting shop, it was quite expensive at £6 for the 225ml tub, but they had nothing cheaper so I thought I'd give it a go.
~~~ Packaging ~~~
Having bought jewellery cleaner before in a glass jar; I was dubious about this plastic tub. On opening the tub, I was confronted with a very secure paper seal which took some work to get open. I am pleased with the packaging as - unlike many other jewellery cleaners I have had, this one comes with a little basket inside the tube. This makes dunking your jewellery into the product very clean and easy.
Apart from that, the packaging is very simple and plain. It lists the ingredients and directions on the back and warns users that it can be harmful if swallowed or cause irritation to the skin. It also says it can damage the environment - which is worrying! Hence you are not to dispose of it in the environment. I guess it must have to be disposed of with other chemicals or something; however, there are no instructions for how to actually go about this!
~~~ Directions ~~~
This cannot be used on enamelled jewellery or jewellery with stones in it. It is very simple to use. You place the item you want to clean into the little dip tray and lower it into the liquid. The packaging states that you should not leave jewellery in the solution for any longer than 10 seconds. The process can be repeated though, so if you do not get the required results in your first 10 seconds, remove the jewellery for a few minutes and then repeat for another 10 seconds.
~~~ Usage and Effectiveness ~~~
I used this as soon as I got home. It cleaned a very tarnished bracelet in 10 seconds! I simply dunked it in and then removed it. It was shining like new! I also used the solution by dipping a cotton bud into it and using this to clean intricate pieces or pieces which have enamel or stones in them. This allowed me to use the polish and avoid damaging the enamel etc.
When opening the jar, you are instantly hit by a horrible, sharp, chemical smell. It really doesn't smell good at all. Infact, it even smells harmful. Because of this, after dipping my jewellery, I removed it and rinsed it in clear water before polishing with a soft cloth. I didn't like the idea of leaving it with any trace of this chemical on in which may harm my skin!
I have to say, it is very effective. It IS a strong chemical which should be treated and used very carefully. I would never allow a child or young person to use it and I would always be careful of spills or the possibility of splashes. It smells strongly of chemicals and if the warnings on the back are not enough to remind you to be careful the smell certainly is.
It is worth using to clean stubborn tarnishes on much loved jewellery, but I'd remind you to be very careful.
It does work well, but I would not say that it provides good value for money. A smaller and cheaper tub would be much more economical, as it is; I have a large tub of chemical sitting in my kitchen with no further use as I have cleaned every item of jewellery in the house! I'm sure I'll use it again when the jewellery looks a bit dull, but a smaller tub would certainly be sufficient!
On the whole a very effective jewellery cleaner. I'm giving it 3/5 because of how chemical and harmful it can potentially be.
Summary: A very effective jewellery cleaner, but also a strong chemical
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