Skip to content

Cleaning jewelry gently – the best tips

Anyone who likes to wear jewelry knows the problem – no matter how high-quality the favorite piece is, at some point it loses its shine and tarnishes. Then only a thorough cleaning can help – but what do you have to consider? Tikbow reveals the best care tips for diamonds, gold, silver and pearls.

What your jewelry should not come into contact with

Water, facial cleanser and scrub

When our daily care products come into contact with rings, necklaces and the like, this can have a lasting effect on the jewelry. This starts in the morning when we clean our face: soap and cleansers leave a film on the jewelry, so that it eventually appears dull. Care should also be taken with peelings. They not only remove dead cells from the skin, but also tend to scratch gold and platinum. Pure water can also damage emeralds and other gemstones.

Cream and perfume

Jewelry should also come into contact with caring creams as little as possible – R & D can lead to color loss in softer stones such as opals and pearls. Gold and silver are also very sensitive and become dull when they come into contact with oils, chemicals or even sweat. Many jewelry materials react even more violently to perfumes, as their oils can also dull the diamond luster. Pearls and opals can even darken or get an unsightly yellow tint. It makes the most sense to take off your jewelry during your care routine.

Chlorinated water

Silver jewelry should not be taken to the swimming pool, as the chlorinated water will attack the surface of the jewelry. So it’s better to take off rings, necklaces and bracelets before jumping into the water and keep them in a safe place.

How to clean your jewelry properly

Your jeweler is the expert when it comes to the professional care of jewelry. But also jewelry wearers themselves can contribute something to the durability of his favorite pieces.

Diamond rings

A well-known tip for diamond rings is to clean them with a toothbrush. To do this, rinse the ring with warm water and detergent beforehand. Be careful when scrubbing, otherwise the stones may dissolve.

Cleaning gold jewelry

Gold jewelry is best cleaned with lukewarm water and plenty of soap, the jewelry piece then simply rinse and dry with a cotton cloth. Alternatively, you can use a cloth made of wool or deerskin, which gives the gold a special shine. Special jewelry cleaners for gold are also available in stores.

Cleaning silver jewelry

Silver jewelry can also be cleaned with a solution of water, soap and – in the case of particularly heavy soiling – baking soda. Simply rub the mixture over the jewelry with a soft brush or cloth and rinse off.

Another trick: aluminum foil and salt. If silver jewelry is heavily oxidized, you can simply wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in a bowl. Then add boiling water and one to two tablespoons of salt. Salt and aluminum act like a magnet and make the dirt disappear. After the process, rinse the jewelry with lukewarm water and dry it.

Pearls and opals

Fingertip sensitivity is especially important when it comes to pearls and opals, which are best cleaned with a soft cloth, warm water and detergent. But be careful: the ribbon that holds a pearl necklace together is often made of silk. If it gets damp, it can become weak and tear.

As a general rule, any high quality jewelry piece should be taken to a professional for regular cleaning. When new jewelry is purchased, it is usually accompanied by instructions on how best to clean it.