How to Clean a Pandora Bracelet

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How to Clean a Pandora Bracelet
A Pandora bracelet reflects the personality of its owner. (PANDORA image by adriana romano from

The Pandora bracelet is a charm bracelet constructed of individual beads of various shapes and materials. The owner chooses beads that represent her own style, interests or hobbies. Bead materials consist of sterling silver, 14K gold, Murano glass, enamel and gemstone. Pandora creates beads in shapes such as animals, clothing and plants, providing detailing through oxidation or blackened accents. A Pandora bracelet can be cleaned at home, but should never be dipped in harsh chemical cleaners, as this may affect the appearance of the oxidation or enamel.

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Things you need

  • Small bowl
  • Water
  • Hand soap
  • Towel
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Silver-polishing cloth

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  1. 1

    Remove the beads from the Pandora bracelet chain.

  2. 2

    Fill a small bowl with lukewarm water and a small amount of hand soap.

  3. 3

    Place the beads and bracelet into the water and allow them to soak for two minutes.

  4. 4

    Remove the beads and bracelet from the water and place them on a towel.

  5. 5

    Use a soft toothbrush dipped in the soapy water to lightly scrub each bead to remove any dirt or product build-up. Be careful of silver pieces that have been oxidised to enhance detail. It is possible to scrub too hard and remove the oxidation.

  6. 6

    Rinse the beads and bracelet in clear water to remove any soap and dry them on the towel.

  7. 7

    Rub each bead with a silver-polishing cloth to remove any tarnish. A polishing cloth works on both silver and gold pieces. As the polishing cloth begins to remove the tarnish, black marks will appear on the cloth. The black marks are not the oxidation detailing. The more tarnished the pieces, the darker the marks will be.

  8. 8

    Grasp the bracelet at one end and pinch the polishing cloth near the top of the bracelet. Pull the polishing cloth down the length of the bracelet to remove tarnish. Repeat this two or three times, twisting the bracelet as you work to cover the entire surface.

  9. 9

    Reassemble the Pandora bracelet.

Tips and warnings

  • If further cleaning is necessary, take the bracelet to any Pandora retailer.
  • Do not wear Pandora bracelets in hot tubs or spas. The extreme temperature and chemicals will damage the detail of the beads.

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