Guide To Clean And Sanitize Your Jewelery April 17, 2020 – Posted in: Blog


While we wash our hands, our face, our clothes, we often forget to clean our jewels. Daily-wear accessories can be a hidden place for germs and also be a carrier for the virus that has the world bowing down to it.  Whether you’re washing your hands or taking a bath, make sure you clean your jewellery as well. And, now that we are being extra cautious of protecting ourselves against the deadly Coronavirus, we need to pay heed to cleaning our jewellery as well.

Everyday jewellery like rings, bangles can be full of bacteria.  Cleaning your jewels is as essential as cleaning your hands. For example, if you take off your ring and put it back, you can recontaminate your hands again.  The same can happen with bangles and earrings. 

The good news is, that pro cleaning isn’t necessary. It’s totally possible to shine up your own jewelry with common cleaning supplies most of us already have at home.  Sometimes soap and water (and maybe ammonia and aluminum foil) are enough to get a grungy ring or bracelet looking totally brand new again.

Just remember:  Methods using chemicals or other harsh and abrasive cleaners are not recommended for soft stones like opals and pearls.  Use soap and water only. You can fancy up the rest of your jewels with one of these hacks. 

Here are a few tips you can follow to keep yourself clean and safe

Cleaning Gold Jewelry

Your silver won’t always sparkle and your gold won’t always dazzle.  Like all metals, with time you will see your expensive jewelry getting dull. It’s natural.  And if you thought getting it professionally cleaned is the only solution you have, not really.   Basic household items can be perfect cleaners for your precious baubles. 

Dishwashing Liquid

The simple dishwashing liquid can be a powerful answer for the question of how to clean gold Jewellery items.  Put a few drops of the detergent in a bowl of lukewarm water and soak the gold in the solution for 15 minutes. After that, gently brush the crevices and the edges of the item using a toothbrush.  After the wash, run the jewelry in warm water and wipe it off with a soft cloth.

( If you are washing a gold-plated item, make sure you don’t rub too much. The entire layer might be wiped off!)

Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Salt Bath

This is one of the gentlest ways to clean silver jewellery. Simply mix some hot water and some salt and submerge your silver items in them. The salt bath can take away the tarnish very easily and make your silver look as good as new.

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Cleaning Diamond Jewelry

A simple plan to keep your diamond jewelry looking beautiful is to soak it in a gentle degreasing solution, such as water with a few drops of mild dish soap, once or twice a week.  After you remove the diamond from the cleaning solution, use a soft, clean toothbrush to remove any remaining dirt. The toothbrush should be new and reserved exclusively for cleaning your jewelry.  Use it to clean hard-to-reach places like the back of the diamond, which tends to collect the most oil and dirt.

Fragile settings, like older prongs in antique jewelry or a tension setting where the diamond is held in place by pressure from the shank, shouldn’t be vigorously scrubbed, so be gentle with the toothbrush. Then, just rinse your diamond jewelry with water and dry with a soft, lint-free cloth. If you’re working over a sink, make sure to close the drain.

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Cleaning Pearl Jewelry

Pearls, as I mentioned before are the exception.  They need very gentle cleaning as the surface is delicate and can easily become scuffed and lose their lustre.  Also beware perfume! The alcohol content of perfumes can affect pearls.

Pearls are best cleaned using warm water and a mild detergent suitable for woollens and then gently dried with a soft cloth.  Store pearls in a soft pouch away from other jewellery to avoid the pearls becoming scratched.

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Cleaning Coloured GemStones

Baking soda has an amazing amount of cleaning uses, and can also get the grime off of your jewelry.  Combine the baking soda with water to create a paste, then use a soft brush to gently scrub your gems and metals.  Next, dry and polish the ring with a lint-free cloth and your jewelry will shine. (If your jewelry is very dirty, a stronger chemical solution will get your diamonds and gems sparkling better.)

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It’s hard not to fall in love with a new piece of jewelry when it’s so dang sparkly. It doesn’t take very long for the sparkle to fade, however, when you’re wearing a piece on a regular basis — or even if it’s just sitting in your jewelry box. Taking your jewelry in for a professional cleaning does the job, but it’s a pain in the butt.

One of the best ways to clean jewellery is with a mild soap. “The best practice is to remove them, wash them separately with soap and warm water.  Now, wash your hands following the 20-second rule and let them dry,” suggests Leshna Shah, Founder & Creative Director of Irasva, a leading diamond jewellery brand.


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