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Sparkle & Shine: How to clean your jewelry

Sparkle & Shine: How to clean your jewelry

The sparkle and shine of a new piece of jewelry is hard to beat. The glimmer that catches your eye from a perfect silver necklace, or a beautiful pair of gold earrings laying neatly in a display case is almost heavenly, but that shine *sadly* doesn’t last forever. If you’re looking to add some lustre back into your jewelry box, you are in luck! You don’t need to head out to a jeweler, or buy an expensive cleaner–most of what you need is in your own kitchen. 

Check out FBI Style’s favourite hacks to keep you and your jewelry shining: 

Via Pinterest

FOR *SOLID* GOLD 

Beer 

Getting some glimmer back into your solid gold jewelry is easy with the help of some beer. Dampen a soft cloth with a beer of your choice (just not dark ale) and rub it onto the jewelry. Once the tarnish begins to lift, dry the jewelry with a second cloth, pour a separate glass of beer for yourself, and enjoy! 

Dish Soap 

A tried and true technique to clean jewelry is with dish soap! Mix a few drops of liquid dish soap into warm water and drop your jewelry into the solution, letting it sit for about 15 minutes. Gently scrub the jewelry with the soapy water using a soft cloth or soft-bristled toothbrush. Dry, and buff the jewelry to reveal a sparkling finish. 

Baking Soda & Water 

If you’re looking to remove heavy tarnish, mix 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water to create a thick jewelry-saving paste. Apply it to the jewelry using a damp sponge, and gently rub the paste into the nooks and crannies of the piece. Rinse the jewelry with water, buff dry, and see some sparkle. 

FOR *SOLID* SILVER

Ketchup 

It sounds crazy–but it works. Remove tarnish from silver jewelry by dunking the piece (think french fry style) into ketchup. Let the piece sit for about a minute before using a soft-bristled toothbrush to work the condiment into the small nooks and crannies of the jewelry. Rinse with water before drying the piece with a soft cloth to reveal some serious shine. 

Via WhoWhatWear

Baking Soda & Vinegar 

To polish silver, lightly coat the jewelry in baking soda and pour a small amount of vinegar over it. Rinse with water, and dry gently to keep your jewels glistening.

Aluminum Foil 

A classic hack to keep jewelry shining is aluminum foil! Line a bowl with aluminum foil, before filling with hot water. Mix in baking soda or bleach-free powdered laundry detergent and drop in your jewels. Watch as the water becomes murky from tarnish, and remove the jewelry from the mixture after a few minutes. Gently dry the jewelry with a soft cloth, wiping away any excess tarnish to get maximum shine. 

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 FOR GEMSTONES

Toothpaste 

While toothpaste is essential for dental hygiene, it seems that it is just as important to jewelry maintenance. Apply a *very* small amount of white toothpaste (not gel) to the jewelry and work into the piece with your finger, or a soft cloth. Finish by rinsing and drying the jewelry to reveal a beautiful shine. 

Via Etsy

Dish Soap & Seltzer Water

Create a cleaning solution by mixing a few drops of dish soap with seltzer water. Allow the jewelry to soak for about 15 minutes, and scrub the nooks and crannies of the jewels with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Remove from the water, and gently dry with a soft cloth to see the power of an at-home jewelry cleaner. 

Club Soda

This one is super easy. Pour a glass of club soda, drop the jewelry in, and forget about it for the day. Come back after 24 hours to find beautifully sparkling jewelry. 

*Note: Some of these hacks can be used interchangeably across metals, however, these are most effective for the metals under which they are listed. Remember that gemstones always require special care*

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