Did you know you can use some of these affordable, easy-to-find products for cleaning your fine jewelry and gemstones?
Dawn Dishwashing Detergent
Baking Soda (for silver, not gemstones)
Denture Tablets (like Polident cleanser)
Toothpaste & a Toothbrush
Vodka (for selected gemstones)
Window Cleaner (for selected gemstones)
Tide Laundry Detergent
Now, we especially like the Beer and Vodka techniques, and believe you could probably prep with a couple of small glasses -- one for dipping and one for sipping! ;-))
We found these jewelry/gemstone cleaning links to give you more details on how to use these simple home products to make your jewels, silver and gold sparkle and shine.
Using home products for cleaning jewelry:
Cleaning sterling silver jewelry with gemstones:
Gemstone cleaning chart:
For you pearl-lovers out there, know that pearls require extra-gentle care. You can wash with a very mild detergent (ivory flakes are good). Also be sure to wipe them with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off -- then let them air dry before putting them away.
Here are a couple of sites on how to care for pearls --
Once your jewelry is clean, there are also some best practices for how to store your jewelry -- ranging from soft cloth bags and fabric lined jewelry boxes, to the humble baggie and the higher-end tarnish-proof cloths you can find at some silver-supply shops. Here's a great site to give you more details on recommended storage:
We hope you've enjoyed these tips. Please let us know if you have questions on any of the specifics, or comment with any secrets for success you have found! And if you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy our post on Eco-Friendly Jewelry.
Until Next Time,