How To Clean Your Jewelry

When it comes to your jewelry, there is no doubt that it could use some TLC. Whether it’s costume jewelry you wear frequently or the precious gemstones you save for special occasions, a good cleaning can keep your favorite pieces from tarnishing and looking worn out. Using the wrong cleaners can degrade, discolor, scratch, or even cause your jewelry to disintegrate. In this post, we will talk about caring for and cleaning your favorite pieces. For the best tips to keep your jewelry looking brilliant and shiny, keep reading.


One of the biggest mistakes people make with their jewelry is forgetting to take it off for things like showers, hand washing, gardening, etc. Even forgetting to take your wedding rings off before showering or applying lotion can be detrimental. Water, soaps, and lotions can cause moisture and residue build-up that create issues with your jewelry. To avoid this build-up, keep your jewelry in a felt-lined jewelry box to help eliminate moisture and store your silver jewelry separately from other metals. Additionally, having a place to store your jewelry temporarily while you are showering or washing your hands will keep your jewelry safe, clean, and free of harmful build-up.

Cleaning Fine Jewelry

When dealing with fine jewelry, some gemstones require a great deal of care to ensure no harm is done during the cleaning process. Like opal, pearls, turquoise, and even beads, most gemstones should not be submerged in water for more than a few seconds. Start with a small bowl of lukewarm water and add a drop of dish soap. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, gently brush the soap/water mixture on the piece, removing any dirt and grime. For hard-to-reach dirt, gently use a toothpick to dislodge. 

Then briefly rinse the piece with more lukewarm water and pat dry immediately, ensuring all components are completely air dried before replacing in storage. Fine jewelry shouldn’t be cleaned any more frequently than once a month, if necessary. Once or twice a year, have your pieces looked at by a professional to ensure stones are secure.

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

While silver jewelry is a little more durable, it is still quite easy to clean at home. All you need is a pan or dish, some aluminum foil, water, salt, and baking soda. Begin by lining your pan with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Lay all your pieces down, ensure they aren’t touching one another, then sprinkle the salt and baking soda over the jewelry. You will want to use about one tablespoon of each for every cup of water you plan on adding to the pan. Next, you will pour boiling water into the pan. Just enough to cover the jewelry you have in the pan. Once the tarnishing has visibly disappeared, you can carefully remove your pieces and pat them dry.

For further tips on caring for your jewelry, ask a trusted jeweler like Rebecca Cherry. With incredible pieces made from gold, silver, beads, gemstones, and more, Rebecca Cherry can help inspire and empower you to be the modern-day goddess that you are.

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