We’ve all been there.
We looked down at our once-shining ring or pulled out a pair of diamond earrings only to see a hint of a glimmer. Don’t fret.
Exposure to things like dust and dirt or lotions and salt (or even just air and moisture) can dull even the most dazzling pieces. But you don’t need a professional jeweler to bring back their shine. Here are a few DIY hacks to help you clean your favorite pieces at home.
Silver can tarnish over time due to the small traces of copper in almost every piece. Luckily, it’s not hard to get back the metallic shine. All you need is a microfiber cloth and some liquid polish. Simply dip, soak for thirty seconds, and buff the tarnish right off.
Everyday wear and tear can get the best of gold jewelry. But don’t worry, your gold can sparkle like new again in just a few minutes. All you need are a few household essentials.
- Mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water
- Place jewelry in the mixture (pro tip: put smaller pieces of jewelry in a strainer before soaking)
- Soak for about five minutes
- Take your jewelry out and lay them on a soft, microfiber cloth
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean crevices and chain links
- Return jewelry to the mixture for one last rinse
- Buff dry with a soft cloth
You may forget just how much your diamonds or sapphires used to sparkle, so prepare to be blown away. To clean your favorite pieces, follow the same instructions as gold. But instead of using drops of dish soap with the warm water, add a touch of seltzer with warm water.
You may find your favorite peals losing their luster because they’re so porous. Whether real, cultured, or faux, you have to clean all pearls with care. Unlike your other pieces of jewelry, don’t soak your pearls.
- Start by laying pearls on a soft, microfiber cloth
- In a small bowl, mix water and a little bit of shampoo
- Dip a clean, soft makeup brush into the mixture and “paint” each pearl
- Lie flat to dry
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