Whether it’s a set of gold cuffs you just purchased or an heirloom diamond ring, your jewelry is probably amongst your most prized possessions. But over time, these pieces accumulate dirt and grime, and lose their luster in the process. To help you keep your pieces in tip-top shape, we’ve put together this guide on how to clean every type of jewelry—gemstones, pearls, silver, and more. It’s time to bring back the sparkle and shine that caught your eye in the first place!
Here are some helpful tips for cleaning every type of jewelry.
Although gold doesn’t tarnish easily, it tends to store a lot of dirt and grime with everyday use. To eliminate any dirt stuck in your gold jewelry, fill a bowl with two cups of warm water and add a couple drops of mild dishwashing liquid. Place your jewelry in the solution, allowing it to soak for approximately fifteen minutes. Then, take your jewelry out of the solution and gently scrub with a soft-bristle brush.
Pavé, or a setting of stones that are placed with no partitions, make beautiful pieces of jewelry, taking the place of a simple metal and serving as the path leading up to the center stone. However, because the smaller diamonds are placed so closely together, a lot of dirt can get trapped in between. When cleaning pavé diamonds, using any sort of brush is a no-go, because it’ll scratch the metal band and if rough enough, the stones as well. Instead, soak your diamond jewelry in a warm solution of mild liquid detergent and water. Move the jewelry in the solution, then rinse thoroughly with warm water. Lastly, take a lint-free soft clot and blot the jewelry dry.
Jennifer Meyer Pavé Diamond Circle Stud Earrings ($975)
Elisa Solomon Anna Karenina Marquise Diamond Ring ($2124)
Since pearls are extremely fragile and delicate, take precautions when cleaning. For example, you should never use hard, abrasive materials or abrasive cleaners on pearls, which will ruin the gem’s outer coating, take away the shine, and scratch the surface. Instead, take a soft cloth, dip it into soapy water, and gently wipe the pearls. Note: Do not put the pearls directly into the water. Lastly, dry the pearls with a clean, soft dampened cloth.
Unlike gold, silver can develop a tarnished finish with wear over time, which is why it is crucial to keep it clean. In order to prevent your silver from looking dull, try this method: Rinse your silver jewelry in warm water and dry with a soft cloth. Next, polish the jewelry; there are various products you can use, such as Goddard’s and Hagerty’s. Finally, rinse the polish residue off under cold water and dry it off with a soft cloth.
Jennifer Zeuner Yvette Sterling Silver Three-Band Ring ($254)
Gemstones like sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are usually very expensive, so you should always make sure they’re at their full sparkling potential. However, when cleaning certain gemstones, like emeralds, which are more susceptible to fracturing as opposed to sturdier stones like diamonds, it’s important to know what method to use. A safe method for cleaning all gemstones is simply wiping your gems with regular glass cleaner. The cleaner will remove oil and dirt, in addition to leaving behind a vibrant shine!
Jennifer Meyer Turquoise and Ruby Inlay Triangle Studs ($1250)