How to Restore Shine to Your Jewelry

by Contributor ; Updated September 28, 2017

Few things sparkle like spanking-new gold, silver, platinum, and precious or semiprecious stones. After even a few days' wear, though, they can dull from lotions, body oil and everyday dust and dirt. Regular cleaning can keep your baubles looking fresh-from-the-jeweler brilliant all the time.

With an old soft-bristle toothbrush, rub the piece with toothpaste. Let it sit for 30 minutes.

Wash in a bowl of sudsy warm water with a few squirts of dishwashing liquid. Rinse.

Polish dry with chamois or other smooth cloth that's free of lint.

Remove greasy film by rubbing with or soaking in rubbing alcohol or vodka.

Drop two fizzing tablets (such as Alka-Seltzer or denture cleaner) into a glass of water. Immerse the jewelry for 2 minutes, then remove it. Or soak for several minutes in a bowl of sudsy warm water with a few squirts of dishwashing liquid.

Scrub gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush.

Rinse thoroughly.

Polish dry with a smooth, lint-free cloth or chamois.

Remove traces of cosmetics and dirt with a tissue.

Dip in a sudsy bowl of mild soap (such as Dove) and warm water. Quickly remove.

Gently remove buildup with a soft-bristle toothbrush or cotton swab. Rinse.

Polish dry with chamois or other soft, lint-free cloth.


  • Keep your jewelry in a fabric-lined case, or wrap each piece individually in soft tissue paper. Have a jeweler check yearly for loose prongs, worn mountings and general wear and tear.

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