How to make jewelry shine again

How to Make Jewelry Shine Again

It is hard when you realize your favorite jewels just doesn’t have the same sparkle they used to have.
So, you need to recover that bling and make jewelry shine again, some options are bucking out for a professional scrubbing or purchasing expensive cleaning solutions.
But, what about if I told you, you don’t need fancy jewelry cleaners to get your silver to bright, your gold to shine, and your gemstones to sparkle!

How to make jewelry shine again

By using everyday ingredients you already have in your house and don’t using any harsh chemicals, before you know it, you can make your jewelry shine again!

There’s no rule for how often you should clean your jewels, but you should know this, the more you wear it, the more you should care it!

What & How to clean

Gold – Here are some tips on how to make your gold jewelry shine again…

Beer – Get the shine back to your solid gold jewelry (except any gemstones)  by pouring a bit of beer (not dark!) onto a soft cloth and rubbing it gently over the piece. Use a clean second cloth or towel to dry it.

Turmeric –  Rub a pinch of turmeric and get your gold jewelry shine back again, then use a soft cloth to clean it.

Alcohol – Dip your gold jewelry (not other jewelry!) in isopropyl alcohol to remove grease from it. Let it sit in overnight and then clean with soft cloth.

  • Never use a toothbrush, baking soda, or other abrasives on gold because it will be scratched.

Silver – For your silver jewelry shine again, here are some cleaning tips…

Ketchup/English Sauce – If your jewel has a smooth surface, soak it in a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes. If it has an elaborated or detailed surface, use an old toothbrush. Don’t leave the ketchup any longer than necessary to avoid any damage to the silver. Rinse your jewelry, clean and dry it with a soft cloth.

Vinegar & Baking Soda – Make your silver jewelry shine like new by soaking them in a mixture of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tablespoons baking soda for 2/3 hours. Rinse them under cold water and dry with a soft cloth.

Toothpaste – Put a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and use it to make it sparkle again. Clean the residue with a damp cloth. Don’t use whitening toothpaste, it may scratch your jewel.

Brass & Bronze – Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc and will naturally tarnish when exposed to oxygen. Some people like the patina of tarnished brass that is actually a protective layer for the brass, but if you want to get the shine again it’s very easy to do with the following household products.

A simple way to clean brass jewelry is with soap and water, it will remove ordinary dirt acquired from frequent use, for a better cleaning use the following tips…

Vinegar Rub the vinegar onto the jewelry, use a soft brush and try to follow the natural grain of the metal. Wash it with very mild soap and dry it thoroughly to avoid water spots.

Ketchup – Follow the steps given above on cleaning silver with ketchup or simply apply a bit of ketchup to a clean soft cloth and follow with a damp cloth. Finally dry with other soft cloth.

How to Make Jewelry Shine Again - ketchup

Baking Soda & Lemon Juice – Make a paste of baking soda and lemon juice and rub it gentle on your brass/bronze jewelry. Rinse them under cold water and dry with a soft cloth.

Lemon Juice Rub the lemon juice onto brass jewelry, use a soft brush and try to follow the natural grain of the metal. Wash and dry it thoroughly to avoid water spots.

Lemon – Cut a slice of lemon and sprinkle salt on it. Rub the lemon slice over your piece, rinse with water and dry with a soft cloth.

How to Make Jewelry Shine Again - lemon salt

  • Don’t use any of the above cleaning methods for old or genuine antique brass or with an “antiqued” finish, because it will remove the patina coloring. Instead, wash old brass items gently in soapy water as described, rinse and dry thoroughly, and rub the surface with olive oil. This will provide a protective layer helping brass to maintain the finish for a longer time.
    Always make a test-wash on a small area on the back side of the item first before washing the entire item.

Skin oils and the oxygen in the air are what accelerate tarnishing. If you want to slow the tarnishing process, wipe your brass jewel with a soft cloth after wearing it and store in a plastic bag, preferably with an anti-tarnishing strip or silica.

Copper – If you have any copper jewelry in need of cleaning this may help…

Ketchup – Follow the steps given above on cleaning silver with ketchup or simply apply a bit of ketchup to a clean soft cloth and follow with a damp cloth. Finally dry with other soft cloth.

Lemon Juice – Dip copper jewelry in a mix of lemon juice and salt, let it sit for about 30-60 seconds. If you need to use a soft brush try to follow the natural grain of the metal. Rinse and dry it with a soft cloth. Polish it with some beeswax or renaissance wax if you want to protect it for a little longer.

Suspiro copper jewelry is made with non-tarnish copper, however with use, the treatment can disappear, when using the cleaning methods above always make a test-wash on a small area on the back side of the item first before washing the entire item.

Diamonds – Some tips on how to care your diamonds…

Toothpaste – Put a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush and use it to make your diamonds sparkle. Clean off the residue with a damp cloth. Don’t use whitening toothpaste it may scratch your jewel.

Mild Soap – Clean diamonds with mild soap and water, dry well with a soft cloth.

Gems – Some tips on how to care your gems…

Mild Soap – Clean gemstones with mild soap and water, dry well with other soft cloth.

Untreated Soft Cloth – Rub your gems gently with an untreated soft cloth.

Pearls – Some tips on how to care your pearls…

Water & Shampoo – 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. This no-soak treatment is also good for turquoise, another porous stone.

Important – Do not use any of the above cleaning methods for costume/fake jewelry!
Costume jewelry is plated and has fake diamonds, gemstones or beads. The methods above will make the top plated layer wearing off or unstick the fake gems.

There’s not much that can be done when it loses its color plate, you can get it replated at a jeweler but you need to keep doing it because the plating will keep wearing away. And it can cost more than buying something new.

Prevention

Now you know how to make your jewelry shine again!
I will finalize this monthly post with some tips that can prevent earlier jewelry tarnish, probably you heard them here and there, but are always good to recall.
• After use rub your jewels with a soft cloth
• Avoid water, perfumes and lotions contact
• Store items in antitarnish bags or ziplock bags with silica inside
• Check your jewelry periodically

Find these and more jewelry care tips on Suspiro Facebook or Pinterest albums

Do you have any tips about making jewelry shine brighter again? Use the comments and tell what you know!

Also read – How Prevent Jewelry From Tarnishing