How to clean jewellery

Updated April 17, 2017

All jewellery needs regular cleaning to keep it looking as pristine as it did when it was new. Diamonds can quickly become covered with a film from grime, hair products and body lotions, which makes them lose their sparkle. Silver jewellery often becomes tarnished over time when it mixes with sulphides in the atmosphere. If you have diamonds or silver jewellery that needs to be cleaned, following a few simple steps will have it looking as good as new.

Cleaning Diamond Jewellery

Add mild liquid detergent to warm water and soak your diamond jewellery in the solution.

Remove any stubborn dirt particles with a very soft brush. The bristles of the brush should not be too hard or you risk scratching any metal settings around the stone. A wooden toothpick can help to dislodge any particularly resistant debris.

Rinse the diamond jewellery under warm running water after it has soaked in the solution for several minutes. Make sure you put the plug in the sink, just in case you accidentally drop your jewellery.

Dry the diamond jewellery with a dry, soft cloth.

Cleaning Silver Jewellery

Cover a plate with tinfoil.

Add 1 tbsp of salt and 1 tbsp of baking soda to the foil.

Pour enough hot -- not boiling -- water onto the plate to dissolve the powders. Stir to dissolve thoroughly.

Place your silver jewellery in the solution for a few minutes.

Remove your silver jewellery from the solution and dry it with a soft, dry cloth. Very tarnished silver may require additional polishing to achieve a sparkling clean finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild liquid detergent
  • Warm water
  • Soft brush
  • Wooden toothpick
  • Dry, soft cloth
  • Plate
  • Tinfoil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
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C. Giles is a writer with an MA (Hons) in English literature and a post-graduate diploma in law. Her work has been published in several publications, both online and offline, including "The Herald," "The Big Issue" and "Daily Record."