How to Clean and Polish Your Jewelry

Whether all your jewelry is new or you have mostly vintage rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, you’re going to want to know how to clean your possessions every once in awhile.

Ultimately, how you clean your jewelry will depend on what it is made of (gold, silver, pearls, diamonds).

Jewelry Store Cleaning

Many stores offer a free cleaning of jewelry that you purchased from them. By all mean, take advantage of this service if you can, but if you can’t, then you should know how to clean your jewelry at home—and without harsh chemicals.

Rest assured that you can clean all jewelry at home with a few simple ingredients that you probably already have around the house, like:

  • Mild dish soap
  • Soft toothbrush (dedicated to jewelry cleaning — don’t use on humans or pets)
  • Clean, soft cloth
  • Toothpaste
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Vinegar
  • Aluminum foil

 

Cleaning Gold

To bring the shine back to your gold jewelry, fill a bowl with warm water and add just a few drops of mild dish soap. Submerge your gold jewelry and let it soak for 10 to 15 minutes. Then rinse and gently scrub away any grime or residue with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Finally, dry with a soft cloth. Don’t use a paper towel because it might scratch.

Depending on how much gold jewelry you have, you can use a small bowl and work in batches or use a large bowl and clean everything all at once.

 

Untarnishing Silver

Of course, there is silver polish, but if you want to use a less harsh method, try a little toothpaste to remove the tarnish from your silver. Just dab some toothpaste onto your silver item, rub it in, and watch the tarnish disappear. Wipe the toothpaste off with a cloth. The toothpaste method works best with a ring or bangle bracelet or even a belt buckle.

If you have a delicate silver chain, try this:

  • Place aluminum foil (shiny side up) in the bottom of a bowl
  • Add one tablespoon baking soda
  • Add one tablespoon salt
  • Slowly add 1/2 cup white vinegar (it will fizz)
  • Slowly add one cup of boiling water
  • Wait for baking soda and salt to dissolve
  • Add silver jewelry

After a few minutes, remove each piece individually. Be careful of the hot water. Rinse and dry each piece with a soft cloth, and you’re done.

 

Making Diamonds Shine

To make your diamonds sparkle again, you can use a few drops of mild dish soap in a bowl of warm water. Soak for a couple of minutes and then use a clean soft-bristled toothbrush to get stuck-on dirt or grease. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth.

Be careful around the settings. Don’t brush so hard that you loosen the diamond or damage the prongs.

If you find your diamond is particularly grimy, try cleaning every few weeks so the dirt doesn’t build up too much.

 

Careful with Porous Stones

Take extra care with any jewelry that has porous stones, like:

  • Pearls
  • Emeralds
  • Coral
  • Opals
  • Turquoise
  • Jade
  • Amber

These types of stones absorb liquids, so you don’t want to soak them. Simply dip them in a bowl with lukewarm water and a few drops of gentle soap. Rinse off any residue and gently rub dry.

If you have a string of pearls or other porous stones, be careful that you don’t damage the knotting or stretch them by pulling or handling them too roughly. Try drying them them flat on a cloth.

 

Polishing Cloth

You might consider investing in a jewelry polishing cloth to brighten up your jewelry between cleanings. They are easily available and not very expensive.

 

Storing Your Jewelry

After cleaning—and when you’re not wearing it—make sure you put your jewelry away in a dust proof box. Protect your pearls by storing them in tissue paper. That way you’ll always have clean and sparkly jewelry at the ready.

 

Since jewelry is exposed to make up, hair spray, and other residue-producing elements, it will always need a some cleaning. If you stick to a regular schedule of cleaning and polishing, and you store it away properly when you’re not wearing it, you will be able to enjoy your jewelry whenever you want without too much muss and fuss.

 

Author Bio:

Leona J. Celis is a freelance writer and a professional jewelry appraiser from Los Angeles, California. With over 10 years of experience in the jewelry industry, she has worked with many different clients whose needs ranged from jewelry appraisal to gemstone repair and ring sales.

 

Create your own stunning jewelry

When it comes to jewelry you can spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on them. Sometimes the most beautiful jewelry is the kind you make yourself. It might not have the most sparkles, but it will have your own unique touch, and that’s something no one else can duplicate. There are many ways you can create your own jewelry. Here are a few quick and easy ones:

Making your own necklace

Again, there are several different ways you can make your own necklace but here are the basics. You’ll need:

If you’re using a pendant then it should be very easy to just use the loop on the pendant to attach it to the necklace. If you’re using something like seashells then you can either create a hole in the seashell using a small drill or you can hot glue the chain (or string) to the seashell.

Making your own bracelet

Bracelets can come in many different forms. They can be made of leather string, metal, or plastic. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • I recommend using leather string or a premade metal clasp (if you’re using metal you might need a magnetic jewelry clasp)
  • A string of beads
  • String (either a thick waxed linen or leather)
  • A pair of scissors

Once you have what you need here’s what to do:

  1. Take your leather string and fold it in half (make sure the length can comfortably fit around your wrist)
  2. Take your string of beads and place them into the groove that two sides of the leather string have created
  3. Wrap your string around the top of the loop (leaving a small hole, about the size of a penny, at the top of the leather string)
  4. Continue wrapping the string all the way down making sure you go around each individual bead.
  5. Tie a knot at the end once you have enough length and tie the two ends together and you’re done!

diy clay teardrop necklace

Hello craftsland! Here at the Craftcorners blog we’re excited to share another jewelry inspired craft with you all. Many of us got to experiment with clay as kids. Whether it came in the form of shaping little animals and objects or more serious clay pursuits like pottery, we all remember how much fun playing with clay used to be. That sense of fun and wonder is exactly what we’re aiming to capture with today’s clay teardrop necklace craft. This type of necklace is a fun and artistic way to make a fashion statement, and goes well with more eclectic outfits. Let’s see what we need to get started!

What You’ll Need

  • Bake-able clay or silicone mold rubber.
  • Oven
  • Paint
  • Needle and jewelry string
  • Beads of your choice
  • Necklace
  • Hairspray

What You’ll Need

The first thing you’ll need to do is to simply shape your beads. Don’t worry about trying to make the beads exactly identical – chances are it’s just not going to happen. Just get them to be the same general shape and size – beyond that, the little differences between the beads will lead to a fun eccentricity. Be sure to poke a hole at the top of your beads before sticking them in the oven for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees.

Once your beads have hardened and cooled, paint them in your chosen color and seal them with a few coats of hairspray. At this point all that’s left to do is simply to string along the beads on your necklace in any order you like! A consideration to make here is that you’re certainly not limited to making just one specific type of bead. In fact you can make a number of different beads of varying sizes and colors and use them to mix up the composition of your necklace for a truly one of a kind item to go along with your light saber party favors.