Once that gold ring or gemstone ring slips onto your finger, chances are that’s the last time it shined so brightly, however this doesn’t have to be (and shouldn’t) the case. Talk to jewelers about proper cleaning, and you’ll be surprised to learn that most fine jewelry stores in Connecticut not only know how to properly care for the cleaning of your jewelry, but under most circumstances will clean it for free. Here’s a list of the five best places to get your jewelry cleaned in Connecticut.

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Jewelry Designs
86 Mill Plain Road
Danbury, CT 06811
(203) 797-0389

Hours: Mon to Wed – 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thurs to Fri – 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

As soon as you step into Jewelry Designs, you’ll be presented with a fresh carnation, and that’s just for walking into the shop. This is a unique jewelry store because it not only sells exquisite jewelry, but as its name suggests, also designs original jewelry to your specifications. Because they make jewelry here, Tony Cordeiro, a spokesman for the company, said they have all the right equipment to clean your jewelry properly. “We do it as a courtesy,” he said pointing out that rings especially need to be cleaned because of all of the lotions we use on our hands. Not only does Jewelry Designs employ ultra sonic cleaning with a special solution, but they also use high powered steamto blow off particles and a polishing wheel to restore the jewelry to its original shine.

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Becker’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry
65 LaSalle Road
West Hartford, CT  06107
(860) 521-3202

Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri – 9:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thurs – 9:45 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sat – 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

If anyone knows about cleaning jewelry, it’s Margie Sneideman at Becker’s Diamonds and Fine Jewelry. “Most people don’t care for their jewelry like most jewelers would like, so we not only clean jewelry, but inspect it, and in most cases it’s free of charge,” said Sneideman, who has been with the company 23 years and wouldn’t want to work anywhere else. Becker’s specializes in wedding and estate jewelry. The staff here will tell you that jewelry,especially fine metals like gold, oxidizes with body chemicals and lotions. They also recommend that gold that is worn all the time be cleaned every three or four months.

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Littman Jewelers
7 Backus Ave.
Danbury, CT 06810

Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

You can find Littman Jewelers in four Connecticut locations in Meriden, Trumbull, Danbury, and Waterbury. Desiree Mouannes, the manager at the Danbury Mall location said, “We also offer complementary cleaning and provide ultra sonic cleansing with ourspecial solution.” In addition to this generous offer, Littman Jewelers takes pride in its customer service as well as its qualityand value priced jewelry. Open seven days a week, the store’s multiple locations and late hours makes this one of Connecticut’s most convenient jewelers around.

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Rumanoff’s Fine Jewelry
4133 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, Connecticut 06518
(203) 230-1199

Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri – 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Thurs – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Rumanoff’s Fine Jewelry specializes in bridal jewelry, as well as all other types of jewelry. When it comes to jewelry they do it all. Yes, they clean jewelry as a courtesy by using an ultra sonic and solution combination as well as a pressured steam to remove debris. This shop takes pride in the fact that is very popular and has a large number of repeat customers. You can also find Rumanoff’s on Facebook to get an inside look of what’s happening at the shop.

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Peter Indorf Jewelers 
1022 Chapel St.
New Haven, CT 06510
(203) 776-4833

703 Boston Post Road
Madison, CT 06443
(203) 245-5700

Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with a late night on Thursdays

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but diamonds also love grease. Elida Fine, the manager at the New Haven location of Peter Indorf Jewelers said that diamonds especially love grease. Many people don’t realize that washing dishes and pots and pans creates a buildup of grease on diamonds and gemstones. Even when you take a shower, soap leaves a film on diamonds. Of course, Peter Indorf does not charge for cleaning rings. They clean them in the store and the shop has both an ultra sonic and a steam machine. Fine also pointed out that Peter Indorf, the owner of the shop, has been designing jewelry for 40 years. He’s quite an artist and does beautiful drawings for the pieces he creates. While both shops specialize in custom and bridal jewelry, the clientele comes in interesting requests, like one woman who came in with a black opal from Australia that Indorf created into an enhancement for a pearl necklace. If you’re looking for a unique piece of jewelry, no challenge is too big for Peter Indorf Jewelers.

Joanne Greco Rochman is the arts editor of The Fairfield County Review, a columnist, critic, feature story writer and English professor. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Republican-American and Hersam-Acorn Publications. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.