How to Clean Fine Jewelry
Like a Pro


Got grimy gold or dirty diamonds? Day-to-day wear can take the luster right out of your locket, but a thorough cleaning can bring it back. Here’s the experts’ easy guide to giving your favorite jewelry the care it needs.

Basic Care

Fine jewelry is delicate – even diamonds can be chipped or shattered (being one of the hardest substances on Earth only means they can’t be scratched except by other diamonds) – so follow these simple tips to keep your sparklies safe:

  • Don’t wear fine jewelry while cleaning or working with machinery
  • Avoid salt water, chlorine and other household chemicals
  • Apply perfume and cosmetics before putting on jewelry
  • Use a soft cloth to gently wipe perfume, cosmetics and perspiration off the jewelry after wear
  • Never wipe jewelry with tissues or paper towels – they may scratch your jewelry
  • Separate pieces in storage to prevent scratching

Gold, Platinum and Diamonds

  1. Use a nonabrasive jewelry cleaner or, in a pinch, use two cups of warm water with a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid.
  2. Dip the jewelry in the cleaner for 15 minutes.
  3. Tarnished? Gently scrub it with a soft-bristle toothbrush.
  4. Rinse it in warm running water.
  5. Greasy? Dip it in some rubbing alcohol and rinse again.
  6. Buff it dry with a soft cloth.

Be Savvy: Talk to your jeweler (that’s us) about removing heavy tarnish or signs of wear.


  1. Use a nonabrasive silver polish.
  2. Gently work the polish into the silver using a soft cloth.
  3. Wipe away the excess polish and buff the jewelry with a clean cloth.

Be Savvy: To help prevent tarnishing, store your silver in a dark, dry place.


  1. Use the same water/dishwashing liquid solution detailed above – don’t use chemicals, abrasives or solvents.
  2. Dampen a soft cloth with the solution and rub each pearl individually (don’t soak them or the string might stretch).
  3. Lay them flat to air dry overnight.

Be Savvy: If you have loose pearls you want strung into a necklace, take them to a professional. Certified jewelers have a special method of knotting the string between each pearl to prevent the loss of pearls if the string ever breaks.

Colored Stones

  1. Don’t use jewelry cleaner on porous stones like emeralds, rubies or turquoise.
  2. Simply wipe it with a soft, damp cloth.
  3. If the damp cloth doesn’t get your jewelry clean enough, take it to a professional.

Be Savvy: If you have any doubts about how to clean a stone, stop by and ask us!

clean-03122012-2Get your jewelry professionally cleaned – for free

A professional cleaning can really bring the shine back to your jewelry. Our experts will determine the best way to clean your jewelry and use professional equipment to make your jewelry look like new. Our ultrasonic jewelry cleaner, for instance, uses water and gentle ultrasonic waves to dislodge dirt from rings, eyeglasses and more. In three to five minutes, jewelry is sparkling—without scrubbing, polishes or harsh chemicals.

The best part? We’ll do it for free, while you shop.