One of the questions we are most often asked is, “How do I safely clean my fine jewelry? The gems are smudged and the metal seems dull.”
Do not worry! Here is our quick and simple (and it IS really easy) guide to jewelry cleaning:
First, a few warnings (that the lawyers are making me write): This applies to fine (i.e., solid silver or gold) jewelry only. Costume jewelry is made differently, and you should consult the manufacturer for specific instructions on cleaning. Also, this applies to cleaning metal (i.e., silver and gold) and natural gems. Other material and stones may react differently. Again, please consult the manufacturer for specific cleaning advice.
There are many ways to make jewelry look shiny and new again without using professional cleaners. To restore your jewelry to the same nice, shiny look it had the first day you bought it, just follow these steps.
A warm solution of distilled water and a mild dish detergent will clean most surface dirt. A gentle brush (such as a toothbrush or nail brush) will help to remove dirt and oils. For more thorough cleaning of gold and gemstone jewelry, an old home “remedy” of white vinegar is an easy and quick solution. Place the pieces into a bowl with an ounce of vinegar for about ten minutes, and use a toothbrush to remove the few stubborn spots. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water.
To remove silver tarnish, you can try a home remedy using tin foil. Simply place the silver jewelry on a sheet of tin foil and sprinkle baking soda on top. Pour boiling water over the jewelry, then remove the jewelry and rinse it in water, and it will look completely transformed.