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The How-To Lounge: Cleaning your Jewelry

With all the lotions and soaps women use on a daily basis, our jewelry can get really dirty. Here are some tips to help clean your jewels in a safe way.

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  • Before you clean your jewelry, make sure there are no loose stones or settings
  • For diamonds, gold and gem stones, use a nonabrasive cleaner, which can be purchased at any jewelry store or a simple mixture of mild soap and warm water will do the job just as well
  • Dip your jewelry into either solution and use your fingers to wipe your pieces clean. Rinse with warm water, and I highly advise you to plug your sink just to be safe!
  • Buff dry with a soft cloth until sparkly clean!
  • For silver pieces, simply use a nonabrasive silver polish. Dab the polish on a soft cloth and wipe your jewelry clean
  • Keep in mind that the more you wear your silver jewelry, the less tarnished it will get
  • Do not get pearls wet - it's best to wipe them with a damp cloth
  • Jewelry designer Temple St. Clair has a great home remedy that she swears by to clean her precious gold, platinum, silver, and gem stone pieces: mix 1/4 tablespoon of ammonia with 1/2 tablespoon of mild dishwashing soap. Soak the jewelry for a few minutes and gently polish with a soft bristled toothbrush and rinse clean
  • Rumor also has it that Windex works wonders when shining up your diamond ring

If you have any other great DIY remedies, please share them below!


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Happy-Jenny Happy-Jenny 9 years
my boyfriends mom actually uses her toothbrush and toothpaste on her diamond works but i don't think i would try it
Rosy71 Rosy71 9 years
This was really very useful blog for every one. Thanks for the info. cheers, Rosy. ----------------------------------------------------------
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
be careful using a toothbrush, some stones are more prone to scratching then others. Most jewelry stores (not maybe huge chains, but most mom and pops or smaller stores) will clean you jewelry for free while you browse. boiling water won't melt your jewelry, but might not get all the grime off (hairspray is usually my big problem). I may be biased (boyfriends parents own a jewelry store), but I think it's best to bring your good stuff to a store to clean. They can also check for loose prongs, scratches and other issues!
lms lms 9 years
My jewelry store told me to use windex on diamonds and gold. I have also used ammonia and water.
nlw nlw 9 years
I used to work in a jewelry store and we used a combination of Mr Clean and water. Let it soak for a while and then scrub it with an old toothbrush. Rinse with plain water and you're all set!
caitlinelise caitlinelise 9 years
i have an old, but still functional, soft bristled mechanical/spinning toothbrush. i put some witch's hazel or alcohol on that and lightly clean my rings. a good rinse with warm water, a soft towel to dry and your bling is on!
pk9000 pk9000 9 years
Gold melts at almost 2000 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless you have a magical stove, you won't melt it.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
No it doesn't melt it but I don't keep it continually boiling i just boil some water in the microwave and then drop it in, maybe if you kept boiling it, it might melt.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
Hmmm....I use a normal jewelry cleaner, but the boiling water is interesting. Does it not melt metal?
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
thank you!
juliemyjewel juliemyjewel 9 years
Thank you! My jewelry def. needs to be cleaned but I didn't know how.
Amanda-La Amanda-La 9 years
Ok I do this and I'm not sure if it's bad for my ring or not but it really really works. I drop my wedding ring (diamond and gold) into a cup of boiling water and you can watch the dirt and grime rise to the surface and you just gently buff it after you take it out.
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
Whatever you do, stay away from sink drains! Lost a couple of diamond earrings this way :cry:
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 9 years
Great tips! As an amateur jewelry designer in my spare time, I've learned a lot about the different types of metal and what 'gold filled' 'silver plated' 'sterling silver' 'fine silver' etc. means. Another tip - if you keep your silver pieces in an airtight ziploc bag when not using them, they are less likely to tarnish. You can also use a polishing cloth or 'rouge cloth' to clean your jewelry - you can find these at jewelry stores or some art/craft supply stores.
sodria sodria 9 years
This is so true. Love tips on keeping jewelry clean!
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