5 cleaning tips for your jewellery

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but not when they’re cloudy! Same goes for silver and gold jewellery which can
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Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but not when they’re cloudy! Same goes for silver and gold jewellery which can looked tarnished or worn.

But you don’t have to have tired old jewellery – it can be cleaned up in a jiffy! Here’s 5 of our favourite jewellery cleaning tips.

1. Toothpaste

This is our go-to for any tarnished jewellery and it is as easy as coating your jewellery and then polishing off with a cloth and rinsing! Remember to buy the white kind.

2. Window cleaner and water

Get a small bowl and ramekin and fill 3/4 full and heat in microwave until nearly boiled. Spray around 8-1- sprays of your window cleaner and place your diamond/gem ring into the bowl. Wait for at least an hour and take out. Without rinsing first, give it a good scrub with a toothbrush and voila!

3. Tomato sauce

This condiment isn’t just for your sausages or chips, you can use tomato sauce to transform lacklustre jewellery. All you need to do is pop your silver or gold jewellery in a bowl of tomato ketchup and let sit for 10 minutes. Use an old toothbrush to scrub the sauce and then rinse and dry!

4. Beer

Before you drink all your beer, it might be the perfect time to quickly clean your ring or bracelet, gold or silver. Pour a bit of beer (not dark ale) onto a soft cloth and gently polish your gold or silver (no gemstones). They’ll be sparkling again in no time.

5. Soda water

Time to give your precious and semi-precious gemstone baubles a bath in some soda/tonic water. Soak your precious items in glass of soda water overnight and wipe dry.

Tell us, do you have any other jewellery cleaning tips to add?

Originally published here

  1. Anne Mitchell

    Better still, soak gold or silver in separate bowls of hot water and let soak. Add a teaspoon of bicarb soda, wait till the fizzing stops, rinse in hot water and there you go! Not good for soft stones such as opals, but everything else should be fine.

  2. Jeanneanddick Stratford

    Thanks …I just re discovered my childhood bluebird necklace today. A lovely birthday gift from my parents over 60 years ago. Will be one of my first 2016 ‘tasks’….cleaned up with loving memories to accompany it.

  3. Margaret Hall

    You should NOT use toothpaste on your good jewellery, toothpaste is an ABRASIVE, and too harsh on jewellery, —- in my opinion !

    • Phyllis Hunt

      my father-in-law was a watchmaker (among other things!) and he always recommended using toothpaste to get rid of small scratches on a watch face – because of its abrasiveness

    • Margaret Hall

      Yes Phyllis, thank you for your reply, I was meaning rings, preious gems, necklaces etc, Happy New Year !

  4. Gail Douglas

    Do not put opals in water, it will ruin them, I know it happened to me ( wearing opal studs in the shower )

  5. JAY  

    Use spirits — gin etc Soak for short while and polish with dry cloth

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