How to Clean Your Diamonds, Gemstones and Other Fine Jewelry at Home

Cleaning your own fine jewelry at home can be daunting – but it doesn’t have to be. With a few household items, you can give your jewelry the attention it needs to remain in dazzling condition. Read on to find out how you can keep even your most treasured, well-worn gold, silver, diamond and gemstone pieces looking brand new.

How to Clean Gold and Silver Jewelry

Avoid unsightly tarnish on your stone-less gold and silver jewelry by giving it a regular polish with the simple solution below.

What You’ll Need:

  • Lukewarm Water
  • Mild Dish Soap
  • Ammonia
  • Lint-free Jewelry Cleaning Cloth
  • Rubbing Alcohol (if soiled with grease)

Instructions:

Fill a small bowl or dish with lukewarm water, then mix in a few drops of mild dish soap and ammonia. Let your jewelry soak in the solution for a few minutes, then gently polish with the lint-free jewelry cleaning cloth. If you need to remove grease from your jewelry, quickly dip the piece in a glass of rubbing alcohol and pat dry.

How to Clean Diamond Jewelry

Tougher than other gemstones, diamonds can withstand higher water temperatures that more easily remove the grime buildup that comes from everyday wear.

What You’ll Need:

  • Warm Water
  • Mild Dish Soap
  • New Soft Bristle Toothbrush
  • Lint-free Jewelry Cleaning Cloth

Instructions:

Fill a small bowl or dish with warm, almost hot, water, then mix in a few drops of mild dish soap. Place your diamond jewelry in the solution for 20-30 minutes. Once your jewelry is done soaking, remove your jewelry from the solution and gently brush with the toothbrush, being sure to get the bristles into your setting and underneath your diamond to dislodge dirt and grime. Rinse off the solution, then dry with the lint-free jewelry cleaning cloth to avoid water marks.

How to Clean Hard Gemstone Jewelry

The solution that will clean one type of gemstone could harm another. To ensure you don’t use the wrong solution for your stone, keep at-home cleanings gentle and simple with cool water and gently brushing.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cool Water
  • Mild Dish Soap
  • Lint-free Jewelry Cleaning Cloth

Instructions:

Fill a small bowl or dish with cool water, then mix in a few drops of mild dish soap. Let the jewelry soak in the solution for a couple minutes. Remove the jewelry and brush very gently with soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse the piece with warm water, then dry with a lint-free jewelry cleaning cloth to avoid water marks.

How to Clean Pearls and Other Soft Gemstones

Porous, soft stones such as pearls, ivory, amber, turquoise, coral, lapis and opals are extra sensitive. Only expose these stones to water if they are heavily soiled. If you need to use water to clean soft gemstone jewelry, never submerge the piece. Soft gemstones will soak up the water, which could lead to damage.

What You’ll Need:

  • Cool Water (if heavily soiled)
  • Mild Dish Soap (if heavily soiled)
  • Lint-free Jewelry Cleaning Cloth

Instructions:

If the piece is not heavily soiled, simply rub the piece with a lint-free jewelry cleaning cloth. If the piece is heavily soiled, create a cleaning solution made with cool water and a drop of mild dish soap. Dip a cloth or makeup brush in the solution, and gently wipe down jewelry. Finish by drying with a lint-free jewelry cleaning cloth. 

Caring for your fine jewelry requires regular cleaning, both by yourself and a professional. In addition to your at-home cleaning routine, take the pieces you wear most to a local jeweler for a cleaning at least once every six months to a year, or as needed for the pieces you don’t wear often.

At Sissy’s Log Cabin, we offer free jewelry cleanings for anyone, any time, and will also check each piece for loose stones or any other maintenance that needs to be done to keep it clean, bright and dazzling. Find a location near you and stop by for your complimentary cleaning. You can also give us a call to learn more about the wide range of jewelry care services we offer or schedule an appointment to shop our unmatched selection alongside one of our experts.