Your favorite pieces of jewelry should glitter, but they might lose their luster over time if they’re exposed to dust, grime, lotions, soaps, air, and moisture.
Fortunately, most of your jewelry can be cleaned at home without needing to see a jeweler. You may restore tarnished silver, dull gold, and dull gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires to their former luster.
Check out these DIY cleaning techniques and suggested products from the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab when your jewelry has lost its sparkle. Start with the necessary tools and a little bit of elbow grease to get the job done.
Silver Cleaning Instructions
Good Housekeeping Seal-holder Weiman Silver Polish, which combines elements that dissolve and remove the tarnish while leaving a protective layer to prevent new tarnish from developing, is the best and safest method to clean and preserve tarnished silver artifacts.
The use of liquid and paste polishes might be untidy, particularly if you’re trying to get the job done quickly. There are a number of ways to remove tarnish off silver, including silver cleaning wipes, reusable gloves, and multi-layer clothes that contain a separate cloth for cleaning and polishing.
To brighten silver if you don’t have any silver polish on hand, consider one of the following DIY solutions. Just note that these treatments won’t prevent tarnish from returning, and silver experts advise against applying them too often (if at all) so use them, particularly the toothpaste method, for emergency spruce-ups only. Make sure you don’t rub too hard on silver-plated jewelry to prevent damaging the finish.
Warm water and a few drops of Dawn dish soap are all that is needed. Remove tarnish from silver by rubbing it with a delicate cloth dipped in the solution. Clean with cold water and a soft cloth, then dry with a second clean cloth.
To remove tarnish, add three parts baking soda to one part water. Apply the paste to the silver using a soft, lint-free cloth after it has been wet. Take your time and get into the crevices, turning your cloth as you go. Rinse thoroughly and buff to a shine.
Use toothpaste to remove tarnish off silver. Mild abrasives in toothpaste erase stains from teeth. Using your finger or a soft cloth, carefully massage a little amount of white paste toothpaste (not gel) onto the tarnished silver. Then, using a soft cloth and warm water, thoroughly clean and buff the surface until it shines.
How to Purify Gold
In a solution of a few drops of dish soap and a little warm water, gently wash gold bracelets, chains, and earrings. Large pieces of jewelry may be placed straight into the solution, while little items should be placed through a strainer first. Soak for approximately five minutes to remove debris. Swish them about, then pull them out, place them on a soft towel, and use a soft toothbrush to clean the nooks and chain links. Under running water, remove any remaining bits from the strainer and put them back. Use a gentle cloth to remove any remaining moisture.
What You Need to Know About Cleaning Gemstones
Getting the glitter back in precious and semi-precious stones set in gold like diamonds, rubies, and emeralds is simple. When washing gold, use the same steps as above, but combine the dish soap with seltzer water instead of using only water. Carbonation was shown to help loosen dirt and remove debris from the settings and on the facets in Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab testing.
Use a gentle toothbrush to clean the stones and settings, and then rinse in clear water or in a strainer under running water. When it’s completely dried, you can appreciate the shine.
While on the move (or at home), have a jewelry cleaning wand like the ones from Connoisseurs or Baublerella in your bag to effortlessly clean rings and other pieces of jewelry with set stones. Simply twist the wand to disperse the cleaner and use the soft brush tip to remove dirt and grime. See how brilliant your stones look after a good rinsing!
Pearls are prone to tarnishing due to their porous nature, which makes them easy targets for dust and debris. Clean them with care, no matter whether they are genuine, artificial, or cultivated. soaking pearls may weaken the string and cause it to break, thus this is a no-no.
Begin by putting a soft towel over the string of pearls to be cleaned. Warm water and a tiny amount of mild shampoo may be used to clean a small makeup brush. Go over each pearl with the solution, squeezing off any excess. The next step is to wipe the pearls off with a clean, well-dried towel. Stretching of the string may be avoided by letting the strand dry flat.
Turquoise and opals respond nicely to this no-soaking treatment (which are also porous stones). In order to make pearl cleaning more convenient and less tiresome, there are special pearl care cleaning kits like the one seen below from Town Talk.
How to Care for Your Costume Jewellery
Use a sudsy dish soap and water solution to clean any smudges or dirt off using a soft cloth. Rinse with an ordinary water-dampened cloth. It is important to remove any moisture from the setting by patting the pieces dry and then placing them on top of each other. Because costume pieces typically have stones glued on rather than set, avoid submerging them in water to avoid loosening the glue and causing the “gems” to fall off.
What You Need to Know About Jewelry Maintenance
Maintain the cleanliness of the settings by taking off your rings when washing your hands and using beauty products and cleaning agents. And don’t put on your jewelry until after you’ve applied your scent.
Don’t wear jewelry when swimming since it might be damaged by chlorine and seawater.
Pearls should be cleaned with a soft cloth after each use to eliminate body oils and perfume that may cause them to become yellow.
If you don’t wear it, you’re wasting it. The more you use it, the more lustrous it gets (the friction slows down tarnishing). When not in use, keep your jewelry in an anti-tarnish bag.
A qualified jeweler should inspect your precious jewelry on a regular basis to ensure that the stones are in excellent condition and that the settings are safe.