We get it.
You might not want to sell all your old jewelry. Some pieces have sentimental value, or maybe you love pairing a vintage necklace with a modern outfit.
For the jewelry that’s broken or unwanted, you know we’ve got your back. However, we also don’t want to leave you hanging when it comes to caring for the jewelry you want to keep.
So, here are 7 everyday items (right near you) that can safely clean used jewelry.
While you’re digging through your medicine cabinet, grab an Alka Seltzer. Drop 1 or 2 tablets in a glass of warm water. Let it fizz — the bubbles will clean your jewelry. Then, add your pieces for a few minutes and voila! Your rings, necklaces, or bracelets are sparkling clean again.
Taking the edge off after work? Pour a little of your beer (not dark ale) onto a soft cloth. Rub your dull-looking jewelry gently for a quick shine.
Did you know club soda can also get the stains off your diamonds or gemstones? Soak your rubies, sapphires, or pearls in a glass of club soda overnight. In the morning, rinse with a little water and dry with a soft cloth.
Save some of your dipping sauce to shine up tarnished silver (find out if your silver is real or plated here). If the piece of silver jewelry has a smooth surface, you can dunk it in a small bowl of ketchup for a few minutes.
If the surface is detailed, use an old toothbrush to get into those crevices. Don’t leave the ketchup on for long — it could damage it! Rinse your jewelry with water, dry with a soft cloth, and you’re good to go!
While you’re brushing your teeth before work (you are brushing your teeth in the morning, right?), you can shine up your wedding rings too!
Put a little toothpaste on an old, soft-bristled brush. Add some warm water and massage the mixture with your finger. It’s mildly abrasive, but it won’t scratch your jewelry. Use a damp cloth to clean off any residue.
You know vinegar can clean just about anything, and silver jewelry is no exception! Mix ½ cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda. Soak your jewelry for two to three hours, rinse under cold water, and dry with a soft cloth.
Is it cleaning day? Add all your metal and gemstones to the to-do list!
Spray your jewelry with window cleaner and use an old toothbrush to scrub gently. Please note that if your jewelry has opaque stones, such as opals, turquoise or pearls, you shouldn’t use this method — the window cleaner can discolor your stones.
You don’t want to boil all jewelry, but you can boil solid gold (it’s best to leave this step as a last resort if nothing else is working).
Boil water. Place your gold into a bowl and slowly pour the boiled water over it. Allow the gold to sit until the water cools. Scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush and dry.
If you ever get tired of shining up tarnished silver or repairing your herringbone chain, you can also get a quote for selling your used jewelry.