Seven easy ways to keep your jewellery shining for longer 6

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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 look tarnished or worn over time.

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

1. Baking soda 
To remove built-up tarnish from your silver, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse, and buff dry. To polish gold jewellery, cover with a light coating of baking soda, pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean. Note: Do not use this technique with jewellery containing pearls or gemstones, as it could damage their finish or loosen any glue.

2. Tomato sauce 
If your silver or gold ring, bracelet, or earring has a smooth surface, dunk it in a small bowl of tomato sauce for a few minutes. If it has a detailed surface, use an old toothbrush to work the sauce into the crevices. To avoid damaging the silver, don’t leave the sauce on any longer than necessary. Rinse your jewellery clean, dry it, and it’s ready to wear.

3. Window cleaner
Use window cleaner to spruce up jewellery that is all metal or has crystalline gemstones, such as diamonds or rubies. Spray on the cleaner, then use an old toothbrush for cleaning. But don’t do this if the piece has opaque stones such as opal or turquoise or organic gems such as coral or pearl.

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. They’ll be sparkling again in no time.

5. Vodka
For diamonds and other gemstones (that are not crystals) that can’t be beer-washed, a little vodka would work like a charm. Drop your jewellery into a small bit of vodka for a few minutes and wipe it with a soft cloth to see the sparkle return to your precious gems.

6. Soda water
Give your precious and semi-precious gemstone baubles soda/tonic water bath. Soak your precious items in a glass of soda water overnight and wipe dry.

7. Shampoo and water
There’s very few cleaning methods that tackle cleaning of porous materials like pearls and turquoise, even though these are some of the pieces that can easily lose their lustre. Whether real, cultured, or faux pearls, they must be cleaned with care. First lay the strand on a soft cloth. Dip a clean, small makeup brush into a mixture of warm water and a little shampoo, and go over each pearl. To finish, rinse the pearls with a clean, well-wrung damp cloth. Let the strand dry flat to prevent the string from stretching.

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

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  1. Toothpaste works on all gold and silver and diamonds

  2. Baking Soda and toothpaste are abrasive, so,take care. Especially with gold plated jewellery.

    Some toothpaste is less abrasive than others.,

  3. How about PROPER Jewellery liquid cleaner?
    It’s not expensive, & is MADE to clean jewellery, not like the above ‘hints’.

    There’s NO way I’d clean my beautifully designed rings, or bracelets in any of the ‘tips’.

    1 REPLY
    • Julieanne I have a sonic cleaner and when I went to buy the liquid cleaner, the local jeweller said he just uses dishwashing detergent. Haven’t actually tried this yet, but found his comment interesting!

  4. This tip is ONLY for GOLD, PLATINUM, AND SILVER, (even table silverware) plus diamonds, and other gemstones (except opals and pearls).
    Take a “corningware” type baking dish, or a glass dish, then line it with a sheet of aluminium foil, take a handful of lectric washing soda, pour several cups of boiling water and pour over washing soda , place your jewellery in the bowl, you can literally see the dirt and scum come to the top, swish it around with the end of very soft toothbrush, and if necessary give the piece a soft brush, you will see an immediate result, no need to soak it for any length of time, rinse under warm water and dry with a soft cloth. I also clean all my silverware in the same manner especially good for silverware that has a lot of embellishment and crevices rather than silver polish.

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