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How to Clean Your Favorite Jewelry

February 8th, 2012 Jewelry

There's nothing better than wearing clean, sparkling jewels and precious metals that look like they're brand new. If your favorite piece of jewelry is starting to turn a little dingy, don't worry. The truth is that all it takes to make your favorite bracelets, necklaces and rings look super sparkly once again is a simple cleaning.

If you're working with gold, mix up a cleaning solution with two cups of warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid. Soak the pieces for 15 minutes, then gently scrub it with a toothbrush that has soft bristles. Dry with a soft cloth.

For diamonds (especially if they're set in platinum), mix a cleaning solution of one cup of warm water and one-fourth of a cup of ammonia. Let the pieces soak for 20 minutes before you scrub them gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Make sure you get into the areas between the gemstones and the setting. Finally, rinse with warm water and lay the piece out on a tissue to air dry.

Pearls require a little more delicate care. You shouldn't soak them, since the solution could stretch out the string. Instead, mix the same solution of water and mild dishwashing soap as if it were a gold piece. Then, dip a cotton pad or a soft cotton cloth into the liquid and gently rub each individual pearl. Allow them to dry overnight.

Silver is pretty easy to clean. If your piece isn't too dingy, simply rinsing it in warm water should be enough to make it shiny once again. If not, a silver polishing cloth or a jar of silver-cleaning fluid should do the trick. Just rub it all over your piece and polish until it shines. For jewelry with intricate designs, use a paste that can get into the small crevices. It won't be long before your baubles are back to looking beautiful.