If you’re not Meghan Markle or Queen Letizia, you’re probably not inheriting a large collection of crown jewels. You’ve likely invested a great deal of time and money in your jewelry and whether it’s for everyday wear or that special occasion, you want to make sure it remains in pristine condition for years. Read on to learn how to clean jewelry, and discover some great jewelry cleaning products from The Grommet.
How To Clean Jewelry at Home
Obviously, if you can afford it, the best option would be to bring your jewelry to a jeweler and have it professionally cleaned. But it can take weeks depending on the jeweler, not to mention cost quite a bit. So while it’s not professional-grade, the cheapest and fastest way to make sure your jewelry shines would be to clean it at home.
How to Clean Sterling Silver & Gold
Unless you pursued a STEM career, you’ve likely made minimal use of your science knowledge. Lucky for you, 11th-grade chemistry will finally come in handy with these helpful tricks to clean precious metals like silver and gold.
Through a chemical process called “ion exchange,” you can easily clean precious metals and silverware. Simply line a bowl with aluminum foil, fill it with hot water, and mix in one tablespoon of bleach-free powdered detergent. Soak your jewelry for one minute, rinse well, air dry, and voilà! You have sparkly metal, restored jewelry, and bragging rights at your next high school reunion.
For a quicker clean…
The Glitzy Glove jewelry polishing mitt safely removes—and helps prevent— tarnish from platinum, silver, gold, and brass jewelry, as well as plated pieces. Made in Texas, the mess-free cotton mitt is infused with a natural, soap-based formula. Just slip it on and gently polish your jewelry until it shines again.
How to Clean Diamond Rings and Other Precious Stones
Stones like diamonds and sapphires always attract attention, so you want them looking their best at all times. Unfortunately, most precious stones are dirt magnets and also attract grease and oils from your fingers. But the good news is there’s a simple answer.
Degreasing solutions like dish soap are a cheap, easy way to combat the potentially dulling oils found on your stones. By mixing a few drops of dish soap with warm water and using the solution to scrub your stone with a soft toothbrush, you can remove almost all traces of dirt or grime from even the tiniest nooks and crannies of your jewelry.
**This method is also a great option for cleaning fake or costume jewelry, as it gently gets rid of grease but keeps the paint and finish intact!**
Don’t feel like making your own solution?
The bling brush jewelry cleaner pen by Baublerella is a portable, purse-friendly cleaning pen that brings the sparkle back to jewelry anywhere, anytime. Made in Texas, the brush is filled with a natural soap-based solution that’s safe to use on your fine jewelry as well as on costume pieces. Twist the brush to release the formula, then clean (even the hard-to-reach areas), polish, and look at it shine—no water needed and no spots left behind.
Prevention is key
But of course, prevention is important so you don’t have to constantly worry about making sure your jewelry is looking its best. Alchemy is a quick-drying jewelry sealer that helps protect your skin from discoloration and irritation. Spray this water-based polymer onto rings, earrings, necklaces and more, and it provides an invisible barrier of protection between jewelry and skin and keeps your jewelry looking squeaky clean at all times.
While we can’t all have access to an extravagant royal collection of jewels, we can make sure you know how to clean jewelry so that your existing collection is always looking its absolute best.