Cleaning Your Jewelry

Sterling Silver Celtic Design Oval Dangle Earrings

A few days ago I wrote an article on how to make a Pandora like bracelet for under $15. Today I want to tell you how once you make it, you can keep it and all of your jewelry clean and sparkling.


If you have gem stone jewelry, you know how cloudy they can get over time. Dust, hand lotions, all sorts of gunk gets trapped under the settings of the stones and makes the jewels lose their “glitz”. It’s easy to fix tough. Take a couple of denture cleaner tablets such as Efferdent and put them a bowl of warm water. Drop your jewels in but try not to let them touch each other. Let it soak for about 30 minutes and remove. The denture tablets should have removed all the caked on gunk but if it missed something, use a soft toothbrush and warm soapy water to get it out. Dry your gems with a soft cloth.


You have to be careful with pearls as they can lose their top pearly coating fairly easy. Soak your pearl jewelry in a bowl of warm water with baby shampoo and then rub dry with a soft cloth.

Silver Jewelry

Silver jewelry can be cleaned with the denture tablet method or the baby shampoo in warm water method. But if after cleaning, your silver jewelry is tarnished, you may need to dip it in a silver dip.You can get it from most drugstores or Amazon. Follow directions on the bottle and then pat it dry. It’s important to keep your silver dry so as to delay tarnishing. If you live in a humid climate like I do, try to keep your silver jewelry in small bags to keep it away from the humid air. I use little snack size plastic bags to store mine.

Gold Jewelry

There are several ways to clean gold jewelry. You can use the denture tablets or the baby shampoo method or you can use the ammonia method. The ammonia method is to soak your gold pieces in a bowl with 1 part ammonia to 6 parts warm water. Soak for about an hour and then pat dry with a soft cloth.

You don’t have to clean your jewelry very often. I don’t set a certain time, like every 3 months to do it. I just clean my jewelry when they look like they need it. It’s probably about every 3 to 6 months for the pieces I wear regularly.

You can also check with your local jeweler about cleaning your jewelry. My mother’s jeweler offers to clean his clients jewelry free of charge so whenever I am in his shop on an errand for her, I get him to clean the jewelry I’m wearing for me. It only takes a minute to do.

4 thoughts on “Cleaning Your Jewelry

  1. blahh i just had a bad experiance with denture tablets if u put too many in a small contanair they can be really tough on silver the will possible dull and corrode your sterling silver i put my cross in and it it dull and the chain dulled around its edges and the clasp was patchy and dull

  2. Out of curiosity, how many denture tablets did you use?

    I used 2 but the bowl was medium sized and had a lot of water.

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