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How To Clean Silver, Gold, And Diamond Jewelry At Home

Updated on September 12, 2013
How To Clean Your Jewelry
How To Clean Your Jewelry

Learn how to clean your jewelry at home!

We all have jewelry that we want to keep looking it's best. However, it can get expensive when you have to constantly make trips to the jewelers to get it cleaned. Or maybe you buy special solutions to clean your jewelry, but again this can get expensive. This article will teach you how to clean your jewelry at home. We'll go over how to clean your gold jewelry, silver jewelry, and diamond rings.

How To Clean Silver Jewelry
How To Clean Silver Jewelry

How To Clean Silver Jewelry

You may notice that your necklace, that was at one time shiny is now dirty and tarnished looking. It's definitely time to clean this piece!

You will need:

  • Baking Soda
  • Glass or plastic dish
  • Aluminum foil
  1. Boil water, make sure that it's enough water to cover the jewelry that you will be cleaning
  2. Line your glass bowl with aluminum foil
  3. Put jewelry on top of the aluminum foil, make sure that the silver is touching the aluminum
  4. Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on top of the jewelry
  5. Pour boiling water into the dish. Make sure their is enough water to cover the jewelry. Bubbling should occur and you will notice a bad smell.
  6. Move the silver around to make sure that all parts come into contact with the aluminum, make sure you do not burn yourself. I'd suggest using a wooden spoon to 'stir' the jewelry around
  7. Take your jewelry out and wipe it off with a soft cloth. You will notice that is bright and shiny once again!

How To Clean Gold Jewelry
How To Clean Gold Jewelry

How To Clean Gold Jewelry Without Stones

When cleaning your gold jewelry you must make sure you pick the right method. If it's a simple gold chain or ring than this method will work. If It's a gold ring/necklace that has diamonds or another stone on it then follow the method below this one.

You will need:

  • Bowl of warm water
  • Soap
  • A soft cloth
  1. Add a few drops of dish soap to a bowl of warm water
  2. Place gold jewelry into the bowl of soapy water
  3. Allow jewelry to soak for about 20 minutes
  4. Take the jewelry out of the bowl and dry with a soft cloth
  5. Allow gold jewelry to air dry completely before wearing it again

How To Clean A Gold Ring
How To Clean A Gold Ring

How To Clean Gold Jewelry With Stones

To get your gold jewelry shining like it was when you first purchased it follow the steps bellow.

You will need:

  • Bowl of warm water
  • Dish Soap
  • 2 Soft Cloths
  1. Add a small amount of dish soap and warm water to your bowl
  2. Take your cloth and dip it into the bowl
  3. Gently clean your ring with the wet cloth, going over the stones carefully
  4. Take a second slightly damp cloth and wipe the ring off
  5. Set your jewelry upside down, so all the water will drain off, to air dry

How To Clean A Diamond Ring
How To Clean A Diamond Ring

How To Clean A Diamond Ring

Everyone loves diamonds, but they tend to lose their sparkle after time. This is due to dirt and products we come across over a certain period of time. So, lets clean them and get their sparkle back!

You will need:

  • Glass cleaner
  • Soft cloth
  1. Spray a small amount of glass cleaner onto your ring
  2. Gently scrub the ring to remove dirt and other debris
  3. When you're finished scrubbing hold your ring under running water for a few minutes
  4. Gently dry your ring off with a soft cloth

Now that you know how to clean jewelry at home there are no more excuses for it not to be shiny and sparkly. Get cleaning!

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    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks Gypsy Rose, some of those cleaners contain harsh chemicals that can harm your jewelry. At least if you are doing it yourself you know it's safe. Thanks for reading.

    • Gypsy Rose Lee profile image

      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      8 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Thanks for sharing this great and informative hub. I've always been the commercial jewelry cleaner buyer type and I have to say that one time using such a product a stone from a ring fell out. Got it fixed but now I wonder if it was not the fault of the product. Next time I take your tips and do it naturally. Passing this on.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Thanks for reading, glad you found it helpful.

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      Amanda Dollak 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for sharing! I'll be bookmarking this page. I have plenty of jewelry overdue for a good cleaning.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Your welcome, please let me know how helpful they were for you.

    • LauraD093 profile image

      Laura Tykarski 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      I've successfully cleaned gold jewelry but have always had problems cleaning my sterling silver pieces. Thanks for the tips.


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