DIY Jewelry Cleaning

By Lois Segoinyer
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No matter what kind of jewelry you own, it all gets dull and dirty from time to time. Keep your prized jewelry clean and sparkly without investing a lot of money in commercial cleaners. Using a few household products, you can clean most of your jewelry at home, safely, quickly and easily.

Gold and Silver

Step 1

Remove your gold jewelry before attempting to clean it. If the jewelry is not tarnished but just dirty, soak the jewelry for 15 minutes in a mixture of 2 cups of warm water and a few drops of a mild dish detergent.

Step 2

Remove the gold jewelry from the water and gently scrub it with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Rinse it with clean, lukewarm water and dry it thoroughly with a soft cloth.

Step 3

If gold jewelry shows some tarnish, mix a few drops of ammonia into the water and clean as directed.

Step 4

Sterling silver is a soft metal and can scratch easily. Clean it safely with a silver polishing cloth. Do not scrub with a toothbrush or with any abrasive cleaners like toothpaste.

Diamonds and Precious Stones

Step 1

Diamonds and other precious stones can become dulled and lose sparkle over time. Clean the stones by soaking for 15 minutes in a solution of 2 cups of warm water and a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent.

Step 2

Remove the stones from the water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.

Step 3

If some dirt or residue remains, soak the stones again and gently scrub the dirt away using a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Pearls

Step 1

Dampen a soft cloth with a solution of warm water and a few drops of dish detergent.

Step 2

Rub each pearl with the dampened cloth until it is clean. Repeat for each pearl until the strand is cleaned.

Step 3

Avoid submerging your pearl necklace in water. Water can cause the necklace to stretch.

About the Author

Lois Segoinyer has more than 15 years of experience in newspaper, magazine and book publishing and has been editing and writing for various websites since June 2009. Segoinyer earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Mississippi State University.