How to Restore Shine to Your Jewelry

by Contributor

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.

Items you will need

  • Dishwashing Liquid
  • Mild Soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Cotton Swab
  • Fizzing Tablets
  • Rubbing Alcohol Or Vodka
  • Soft-bristle Toothbrush
  • Tissue
  • Bowl
  • Glass For Soaking
  • Chamois or other soft, lint-free cloth
Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.

Step 6

Scrub gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush.

Step 7

Rinse thoroughly.

Step 8

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

Step 9

Remove traces of cosmetics and dirt with a tissue.

Step 10

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

Step 11

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

Step 12

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

Tips

  • 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.

Warnings

  • Keep jewelry away from chlorine and harsh chemicals, which can erode the finish and polish of gems. Never use boiling water to clean jewelry.