Jewelry: How to Clean Jewellery at Home

by Insiya on September 27, 2010 · 25 comments

jewellery is for women

jewellery is for women

How To Clean Jewellery at Home

Women are very fond of buying new pieces of jewelry, especially of the latest designs and trends. I doubt there is a single woman on earth who’s not fond of absolutely any type of jewelry. But how many women are fond of cleaning them? I bet none. Reasons might be ranging from being lazy to just not knowing how to clean one’s jewelry. In case the reason is the latter one then you have come to the right place.

Different types of jewelry needs to be cleaned in different manner because of its chemical compositions as every piece will react differently with other chemicals/cleaning materials.

How to Clean Silver Jewelry

Sterling silver is around 92-95% silver with the remaining 5-8 % being copper. Thus, sterling silver will not rust compared to other silver plated items. There are various methods to clean tarnished piece of silver jewelry. The most effective method is using baking soda. Put your tarnished piece in an aluminum tray. Cover it completely with baking soda & then pour hot boiling water on it. Make sure the silver piece comes in contact with the aluminum as the chemical reaction between all these 4 items together – silver, aluminum, baking soda & water makes the tarnished piece to become shiny again. You can also use a silver cleaning paste from time to time which you can get hold of form any jewelry store. Gently brush with a toothbrush to reach the hard to get areas.

How to Clean Gold Jewelry

I learned this technique from my loving mother. Basically what you need to do is boil water with turmeric powder & surf washing powder (you could probably try other laundry detergents). Then turn off the stove & soak your gold jewelry in the hot water. Remove it after 15-20 min & then use a brush on the surface with a toothbrush. Next, rinse the gold item with normal temperature water & wipe it with a cleaning cloth. Your gold jewelry will look as shiny as a new piece :-)

How to clean Rhinestone jewelry

Use a Q-tip dipped in alcohol, and then wipe it on a paper towel as you need to remove its moisture. Wipe it over your rhinestones & even the metal holding. For hard to reach places you could use a toothpick with a little cotton on the top. Dip and wipe the alcohol the same way you did with the Q-tip and then gently clean your rhinestones. You can also a mixture of liquid hand wash along with water and brush the mixture with a toothbrush over the rhinestones. Also a mixture of glass cleaner & water works in retaining the shine of rhinestones.

How to Clean Diamond Jewelry

diamond jewellery

diamond jewellery

We ladies have at least that one special piece of diamond jewelry. Don’t worry you will get it soon if you don’t already own one ;-) Imagine if that piece itself starts looking dirty & loses its magic touch. To maintain its natural beauty, put some cleaner in a container along with hot water. Then put your diamond piece in the container. Next, brush it with a toothbrush & then wash it. Make sure you wipe your diamond on a towel without cotton wool.

How to clean Imitation/silver/gold plated jewelry

Just rub a drop or two of toothpaste on the palm of your hands & then rub your piece of jewelry between your hands. Rinse with water. You can also rub it directly on your jewelry piece. & then rinse it.

Hopefully the above tips will make your cleaning & polishing job easier & you wouldn’t have to let go of your favorite pieces of jewelry just because they have tarnished!! Oh & don’t forget to use a different toothbrush & not your personal one :-P

Please Note: These are homemade techniques to keep your jewelry clean & sparkling however if done in the wrong way it probably could damage your jewelry piece. The best way is obviously to get it done professionally whenever required. So do not completely rely on the above methods. It’s fine to use them once in a while.

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Rati September 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

Insiya , i also clean my gold jewelry the same way. Thanks to mo. :-D :-D

Regarding diamond jewlery, wouldn’t the glue be affected by the process? ?:-)

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Insiya September 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

i know moms are so great know :-D

If the diamond is fit properly as in if the silver/gold encasing covers the diamond completely without leaving a gap for the cleaner to seep in,the glue will not be affected.

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Anita September 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

I’m a silver junkie… I clean by rubbing a little holy ash on my silver. The old shine and sparkle are restored instantaneously and it’s not messy at all.

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Rati September 27, 2010 at 11:06 am

really? the one you get from the mandir??

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Anita September 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Yep. And I love the smell too!!! :-))

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Smita T September 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

Even i clean silver jewelery by rubbing either agarbatti ash or dhoop ash, it works really well.

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Rati September 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

oh! I have to try it. Thank you. :-*

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Smita T September 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

Try it, try it !! it works almost instantly !! the best n easiest solution when it comes to all this always comes moms, 8-) doesnt it?

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Rati September 27, 2010 at 11:53 am

Yup!! :)

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Nids September 27, 2010 at 5:45 pm

hi smita… u mean just rub the ash on the silver items..dip the items in water first?? today only i was thinking of cleaning up the silver Idols in my mandir.. n c here at IMBB, i get such a simple way.. :-D :laugh:

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Insiya September 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

Oh wow will try that. thanks :-)

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Smita T September 27, 2010 at 11:18 am

Insiya, I have one doubt about silver jewelery cleaning, if you rinse silver jewelery with water , will it slowly become black ?

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Rati September 27, 2010 at 11:19 am

Yup, it does…

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Smita T September 27, 2010 at 11:40 am

it does na? then isn’t it best to avoid washing it water or any liquid?

and can u rinse gold with water??

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Insiya September 27, 2010 at 11:46 am

In the silver cleaning process all the 4 items have to be mixed together – silver, aluminum, baking soda & water. Because of the mixing process it does not turn black (i have tried it) but if you like keep getting it in contact with just water often it will turn black.

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Rati September 27, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I didn’t get Insiya…how do we mix aluminum?? As in put an aluminum spoon in water.. IS it? ?:-)

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Insiya September 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm

no no. put the silver in an aluminium tray. u know the ones we usually get during takeouts or while buying sweets.

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Nids September 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm

hey Insiya.. i use the toothpaste on an old toothbrush to clean all my gold jewellery.. nvr knew tht the same technique can be applied on imitation n gold plated jewellery too.. thanx for this tip.. :-))

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Deepika September 27, 2010 at 10:57 pm

i have a lot of silver jewelery , n i never knew about the method mentioned above….nice post Insiya :yes:
What i do is i rub it with tooth powder using a cotton cloth or cotton…n it works like magic…the silver is all shiny again… :-)
P.S. – the tooth powder i use is colgate…i guess all the white tooth powders work in that case…

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Deepika September 27, 2010 at 11:11 pm

does anybody know how to get the oxidized silver look ?:-)
i mean the look where the silver is shiny and the cuts n the design is black… i know we cud get it done professionally…but i just wanted to know some method to do it myself… if anyone knows do let me know… :-)

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Mrunmayee September 28, 2010 at 10:42 am

Wow.. Gr8 tips insiya..

Btw, i have tried many things and found that the best way to shine Silver jwellery is to clean it with Colgate Tooth Powder.. Powder not paste…

It removes even the dark stains on the silver which occur because of moisture… Try it!!!

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Chits September 12, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Hi Insiya,

Nice article…What about cleaning pearls / stones like emeralds?

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