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How to clean jewelry at home? Best jewelry cleaning tips to bring back the sparkle safely

25 Jan 2021

Often people have some pieces of jewelry lying around which adorn the jewelry box and not the person because they don’t sparkle any longer. Of course, you don’t need to wear dull, tarnished jewelry but also you don’t need to run to a jewelry store to clean your fine jewelry. Here are a few easy tips on how to clean jewelry at home to bring back the sparkle safely.


A piece of diamond jewelry used regularly can collect oil deposits from the touch of human fingers and further from lotions that attract dirt. Diamond being the hardest natural substance on Earth measuring 10 on the Moh’s scale, it makes cleaning diamond jewelry easier to do at home.

Steps to clean diamond jewelry

i. Soak the piece for about 5 to 10 minutes in a gentle solution made from few drops of mild liquid soap and hand hot water.

ii. Take a toothbrush and dip it into the hot water to get it damp.

iii. Pop a squirt of extra liquid soap directly on the damp toothbrush.

iv. Remove the diamond jewelry piece from the soap solution, and gently scrub any loose dirt with the soft, clean, damp, soapy toothbrush.

v. Brush both the top and the underside of the piece. Try to get the bristles inside the setting to dislodge any pesky dirt.

vi. Rinse your diamond jewelry with warm water preferably in a bowl. If you prefer to do this in a sink, make sure to close-off the drain outlet.

vii. Remove from the warm water and wipe dry with a soft, lint-free cloth or a gem cloth.

viii. Do this every week to keep the diamonds looking their best or when you feel they are beginning to look dull.

This method can also be extended to diamond jewelry that has rubies or sapphires set alongside.

2. Emeralds and other beryls

Emeralds belong to the beryl family and only measure 7.5 on the Moh’s scale. This makes them softer, along with their other counterparts in the beryl family — aquamarine, yellow beryl and morganite. It is alright to follow the same steps as cleaning diamonds at home, but with an extra mild detergent, luke warm water, and a very soft natural bristle brush. Also remember it needs a light scrub just for a very short time.

3. Organic precious gems

Organic precious gems like opals, pearls, coral, and amber are very soft and require even greater care, as contact with cleaning products will damage them. It is not advisable to use the hot water soap technique to clean them, instead only rub them gently with a soft cleaning cloth.

Things to remember while cleaning jewelry

1. While cleaning old or antique jewelry, take extra care of the prong settings. Shake the jewelry piece slowly close to your ear to check if there are any loose stones. In that case, do not clean at home till a jeweler tightens the prongs and restores the piece to its original strength. Most importantly do not vigorously rub any jewelry item, be gentle while cleaning with the toothbrush.

2. Do not use harsh products. Products like chlorine bleach can damage the metal used for the diamond setting. Even products like toothpaste or cleaning powders should be avoided as abrasives can scratch the gold.

3. Do not try to clean a piece of jewelry at home when the stone surface is chipped, a crack appears on the stone, or the setting is damaged, as it can those spoil your precious jewel. In this case bring it to a professional jeweler.

4. It is safe to use soap and water to clean diamonds set in either gold or platinum.

5. Adding a pinch of salt and baking can increase the cleaning power of the soap and water cleaning method. But this solution should be used only on harder stones and metal like diamonds set in platinum.

6. Gemstones in a closed setting of gold or silver should never be submerged in a cleaning solution, or even water. The liquid can seep into the close metal setting and affect the mounting and foiling of the stone, potentially damaging the appearance of the jewelry. Such jewelry is best left in the hands of experts.

7. Avoid using the portable ultrasonic cleaner at home. Ultrasonic cleaners may seem high-tech, professional and time-saving but if not used correctly it can cause small micropave stones to loosen or cause other damage.

Conclusion: Every piece of jewelry needs love and care. So, it is important to know how to clean jewelry at home to bring back the sparkle safely. Here we have expressed how to safely clean jewelry at home but we insist for very expensive jewels, visit a trusted professional jeweler. Caring for your jewelry means being able to pass it on, in good condition to the next generation. Don’t forget — fine jewelry, needs fine care.

Rukshana is a freelance content and communication strategist based out of Mumbai, India. She mingles her expertise in PR with comprehensive domain knowledge and creative writing skills to assist and propagate business, worldwide. Being a quick learner, she utilizes her diversified digital expertise to provide copywriting and content writing services to create highly profitable brands, products, and services.