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At times, jewelry was merely vainglorious ornamentation. More often than not, however, baubles and trinkets were worn to either symbolize the wearer's prestige and eminence, or to act as religious protection against evil spirits, nefarious deities and the fickleness of luck.
Step #1 - Mix one part soap with three parts lukewarm water in a small bowl or glass. Use a gentle soap, since harsher soaps may contain chemicals that will damage your jewelry.
Step #2 - Dip the soft-bristled baby toothbrush into the soap and water solution. Alternatively, you may use a cotton swab.
Step #3 - Tap the brush on the side of the glass or bowl to remove excess solution. Use the least amount of solution possible on your jewelry.
Step #4 - Gently brush the gems, beads, and metal of your jewelry with the brush or swab. Apply light pressure to avoid loosening any glue or enameling.
Step #5 - Rinse your jewelry under lukewarm water. Try to perform this step quickly. Water can damage costume jewelry, so you must not immerse it for long.
Step #6 - Gently blot excess moisture off the piece with a soft, dry cloth.
Step #7 - Lay your jewelry out on a paper towel and finish drying it with a hair dryer. Use the dryer's cool setting, since heat can damage some costume jewelry.
Step #8 - Polish the piece with a soft, dry cloth.