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How to Clean Fine Jewelry at Home

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You’ve spent thousands of dollars on your fine designer jewelry. This is an investment, and one that is only worth it if your jewelry looks fabulous. TYou would hate for your collection to look old, dingy, and dirty. What you need is to clean it occasionally. While you can opt for professional cleaning services, there’s also several things you can do yourself at home.

Keeping diamonds, fine metals, and precious gemstones in top notch condition through effective home jewelry cleaning is essential. Here’s how to do it:

Sterling Silver

Sterling silver can oxidize over time, especially if it isn’t worn often. There are commercial cleaners made especially for silver. If you don’t have soap made for sterling silver and you’re in a rush, mild soap and water can clean your jewelry. If you notice tarnish is forming, allow the water to bead up, then pat your piece dry with a soft cloth.

Gold and Platinum

There are many different commercial gold cleaners that are able to return the gleam to your favorite pieces, but keep in mind that rubbing with a soft chamois cloth works just as well and can be much quicker if you’re in a rush. You can also use an ammonia and water solution to scrub tarnish away from your gold or platinum jewelry with a soft bristle brush. Be sure to rinse in lukewarm water and let the piece dry before you wear it. A quick dip in rubbing alcohol does wonders as well.


The best method is simply mixing a drop of mild dish detergent in warm water. Let the jewelry soak in the water for a few minutes. Then, use a new, soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush away the debris. Once the diamond is cleaned, rinse it off by soaking it in another bowl of lukewarm water. You can then dry it gently with a paper towel or soft cloth. Be sure to avoid touching your clean diamond with your fingers by handling it by the edges.

Other Gemstones

Most other gemstones, like a ruby ring and sapphire earrings, can be cleaned at home with the same method recommended for cleaning diamonds. Soak your sapphire, ruby, or other piece in a bowl of warm water and dish soap. Brush the stone lightly with a toothbrush, and then rinse and pat it dry with a soft cloth. This will successfully eliminate the dirt, debris, grease, and dust from the various sections of your piece.

Whether you have amassed a collection of designer necklaces, fine jewelry rings, diamond bracelets, high-quality earrings, or a combination of them all, you want your pieces looking clean and polished. These tips will help you do that! The last thing you want is for a truly astounding piece like the Tiffany & Co. Soleste Ring or these Mishara Sahara Link Rose Gold Earrings not looking their best. Take a few minutes of your time today to ensure your jewelry looks nothing short of fabulous. Then, when it’s time to choose jewelry for your next big event, you can do a quick cleaning again. Your piece will look brand new!