How to Clean Silver Jewelry With Stones

by Jaimie Zinski

Silver jewelry, from rings to bracelets to earrings, has become increasingly popular over the last few decades. Many times silver jewelry can tarnish because other materials are added to the silver, such as copper, to make it stronger and more durable. Sterling silver is around 92.5 percent pure silver and will tarnish at a faster rate than “Fine Silver” that is 99.9 percent silver. It is possible to clean silver jewelry that has embellishments at home, without having to pay a professional.

Items you will need

  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Water
  • Several soft cotton cloths
  • Anti-tarnish tissue
  • Plastic bag
Step 1

Dilute a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent in a cup of warm water.

Step 2

Soak a soft cloth with the mixture and gently rub the jewelry, making sure to work the soap into any creases and crevices with the corner of the cloth.

Step 3

Gently dry the piece with a cotton cloth.

Step 4

Place it on a soft cloth and allow it to completely air dry.

Step 5

Store the silver jewelry by wrapping it in anti-tarnish tissue and then placing it in a plastic bag.

Warnings

  • Avoid getting hairspray, cleaning products, bleach, body lotion or any other chemicals on your silver jewelry.

Photo Credits

  • Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images

About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.