How To Clean Jewelry At Home

Your jewelry is likely your most expensive and cherished investment. It can be very intimidating cleaning and caring for those precious bobbles. Cleaning jewelry at home can usually be done easily and inexpensively if you keep a couple of key points in mind. All cleaning methods are not equal. Some methods of cleaning can permanently damage jewelry.

Different Cleaning Methods Depending On Your Jewelry


Add a few drops of gentle dish soap to warm water. Dip a soft cloth into the solution and gently dab to remove the tarnish. Rinse with cold water and dry with another cloth.


Pearls can easily be scratched. Avoid using hard bristles or soaking in water. Use a microfiber cloth to gently clean pearls. Avoid storing pearls in air-tight containers.  Pearls need a circulation of air to prevent yellowing.


Add a few drops of gentle dish detergent with a few drops of an ammonia cleaner. Place in warm water. Use a baby toothbrush or other soft bristle brush to remove any remaining residue. Rinse with warm water. 


Use a few drops of gentle dish soap and clean with a lint-free cloth or a soft-bristled brush. Dry with a soft lint-free cloth. Store in a cool, dry box

Rubies, Sapphires, Emeralds, Tanzanite, and Tourmaline

Soak in lukewarm water with a mild detergent for a moment. Use a soft bristle brush to gently clean any residue that remains on the stone. Allow to air dry.

How To Keep Your Jewelry Sparkling

When doing housework, remove jewelry so that it is not exposed to household cleaners. You will also want to remove jewelry when cooking and gardening. Do not put jewelry on immediately after applying lotion or perfume.  Don't wear jewelry when applying makeup. Do not swim with jewelry since chlorine can damage some materials. 

Should I Have My Jewelry Professionally Cleaned?

It is a good idea to take your jewelry to a professional jeweler every six months. A professional jeweler can clean it and check for loose stones.

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