It makes me sad to see a gorgeous piece of jewelry lose it’s shine. I feel so strongly about sparkle, I travel with a “jewelry kit” and demand to clean my friends’ rings when we go on vacation. (Sunscreen is the worst offender for dulling shine.) The good news: anyone can get a pro-level clean at home in a few minutes! Stick with me.
I’m going to clean my engagement and wedding ring (platinum and diamonds), and my Dior Oui ring (white gold, aquamarine and diamonds). See how the stones are super cloudy and the bands are lackluster? This is totally normal and happens from regular wear – everything you touch, from makeup, to lotion, hairspray, and even food, takes a toll on the shine of your favorite things. Most of us don’t have time to get it professionally cleaned, but my jeweler taught me this at-home trick that works just as well. I try to do it every Sunday, the difference in before/after is so noticeable.
For the newly engaged: If you’re taking engagement or wedding photos, you MUST do this beforehand!
Note: I’ve used rings for this post, but it works for gold and silver necklaces, earrings and most natural gemstones. BUT I’ve never tried cleaning any costume jewelry, so attempt at your own risk!First gather up these household items:
- Cup of HOT water
- Dish soap (I use Method or Dawn, I’ve found those work best)
- Soft bristle toothbrush (soft bristles are gentler on the gems and metals)
- White Dishtowel or Paper Towel
Step 1: Add two pumps of dish soap to the cup. Fill the cup with the hottest water you can get out of the faucet, and stir it up. Drop the jewelry in the cup, and let it sit for 1-2 minutes.
Step 2: Remove the jewelry from the water. Put another pump of dish soap on a wet toothbrush so it’s nice and soapy. Gently brush the jewelry all around with the toothbrush. Brush all sides of the jewelry, including the bands or the chain if you’re cleaning a necklace.
Step 3: Close the drain (critical so you don’t lose anything!), and wash the soap off the jewelry with warm water. Pat the jewelry dry with a dishcloth. That’s it! Check out the shine now compared to when we started.
Hope this helps you keep all your pretty things extra pretty!