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Jewelry Cleaning 101 Make Your Jewelry Shine

A piece of jewelry can look like a beautiful star when you first put it on, but, over time, it can become dull and dirty. You shouldn’t worry, though, because there are many ways to clean jewelry. That way, it can look as bright and polished as the day you first put it on. Are you wondering how to clean jewelry at home or elsewhere to make your jewelry shine?

Jewelry cleaning doesn’t have to be difficult.

Keep reading to learn about five helpful tips for making your jewelry look new again.

Jewelry Cleaning 101 Make Your Jewelry Shine

Use Toothpaste

If you have silver jewelry that needs more shine, you can use toothpaste.

In the same way that toothpaste battles stains and plaque, it can get rid of the blemishes on your silver jewelry.

Make sure you use white toothpaste rather than gel kind.

You can use a soft cloth or just a finger, but the key is to rub carefully.

Afterward, gently rinse the piece of jewelry in warm water.

From there, all you need to do is dry it off with your soft cloth, buff it a bit, and it’ll look like new.

Jewelry Cleaning 101


Give Your Gold a Bath

Rather than using toothpaste, gold can be cleaned by preparing a bath.

You can fill a small bowl or another container with warm water and a few drops of liquid soap.

If it’s a large piece of jewelry, you can let it be submerged for five minutes.

Smaller pieces can be gently stirred or shaken in their container.

Afterward, dry them off with a soft cloth and buff them to perfection.  

Jewelry Cleaning 101

Use A Soft Toothbrush

If you’re dealing with large gemstones, you can make them shine again using a soft toothbrush.

First, prepare a bath for them just like your gold, except using seltzer water instead of normal water.

Afterward, the toothbrush can be dipped into water and used to scrub the gemstone gently.

It should be bright and clean in no time.

Jewelry Cleaning 101

Use Baking Soda

If your silver jewelry is really tarnished, then baking soda might be what you need. 

Baking soda can clean various household items, and jewelry is a perfect one to consider.

Your mixture should consist of 1/3 water and 2/3 baking soda.

When the mixture is ready, use a cloth to rub it into your silver jewelry.

Be thorough but gentle.

Use a Makeup Brush and Shampoo

You should never submerge your pearls.

Rather you can use a makeup brush and scrub the pearls with shampoo and warm water.

You should use these products on your jewelry if you want something more professional. 

Are You Ready for Jewelry Cleaning Time?

Now that you know all five helpful tips for making your jewelry look new again, you can shine all of your rings, necklaces, and bracelets.

You can even teach your friends and family about the basics of jewelry cleaning.

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