From a sterling silver chain to a copper pair of earrings, jewelry is exposed to everyday dirt and grime that can quickly dull its sparkle. Oil and dander from the skin, dust and soap build up, and general wear and tear can all lead to a lackluster finish, but regular cleaning and proper storage can keep these adornments looking fresh and fabulous for years to come.
A jewel cleaner can help bring a brilliant shine to gold, platinum and non-porous gemstones like diamonds and sapphires. These formulas generally contain chemicals that are safe for a variety of jewelry materials, but it’s important to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions for use and to avoid excessive rubbing or brushing of delicate stones.
The easiest and cheapest method for sprucing up jewelry is by using an at-home solution. Baking soda and effervescent heartburn tablets both cause a chemical reaction when mixed with water, which can attack and dislodge jewelry buildup with ease. Soak a piece in one of these liquid cleaners for a few minutes, then scrub with an old toothbrush before rinsing clean and patting dry.
For more thorough at-home cleaning, hot water is also a reliable option for hard metals and some non-porous gems. Fill a bowl with boiling water, then allow jewelry pieces to soak for a few moments before gently scrubbing with an old toothbrush and rinsing clean.