How To Clean And Maintain Your Fine Jewelry At Home

It’s a misconception to think that designer jewelry, because it’s high quality, does not get dirty or scratched. Fine jewelry loses its sheen over time just like cheaper jewelry does. It can be a hassle to go get your fine jewelry professionally cleaned regularly. It’s important to get it professionally cleaned, but you can decrease the frequency of cleanings by utilizing common household items to safely clean your designer jewelry yourself.

Alka-Seltzer or Denture Cleaner

Both Alka-Seltzer and denture cleaner are great, bubbly methods for making jewelry sparkle and shine. Just drop your dull and dirty pieces of fine jewelry into a glass of fizzing Alka-Seltzer or denture cleaner and leave it in for a couple of minutes. When you pull it out, it will sparkle and shine. Wipe off any excess dirt and grime that didn’t come off in the solution, as it should easily wipe off.


Ammonia is a great household cleaning agent. It is often used to clean floors, but it is great to clean and brighten your gold and silver fine jewelry items. To create a cleaning solution, mix ½ cup ammonia with one cup of water. Mix those ingredients together, and let your jewelry soak for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, wipe them clean with a soft cloth and it should shine like new. Do not use an ammonia solution for fine jewelry with pearls or gemstones, because the harsh nature of ammonia has the potential to damage their delicate surfaces.


Toothpaste is a great and simple solution to remove caked-on dirt and grime from your jewelry. Put a small dollop of toothpaste on an old toothbrush or Q-tip and use it to make your diamonds and gemstone jewelry sparkle. Simply wipe off with a damp cloth when finished.

Aluminum Foil and Laundry Detergent

The duo of foil and laundry detergent facilitate a chemical process known as ion exchange, which is used to clean silverware. To utilize this cleaning option, line a small bowl with aluminum foil, fill the bowl with hot water, mix in one tablespoon of bleach-free laundry detergent, and let your jewelry soak in the solution for one minute.


Believe it or not, vodka is not only used for drinking purposes. It is a great cleaning agent, and can be used to clean a variety of different things, including glass jewelry and jewelry with natural crystalline gemstones. Only a few drops of vodka can clean your gemstone jewelry. Simply dip a cloth into a glass or bottle of vodka, and wipe your gemstone jewelry clean! It’s important to note that vodka only cleans crystal gemstones well.

White Vinegar

White vinegar is a great at home solution for making sure your jewelry is clean and shines like new. Simply mix ½ cup of white vinegar with two tablespoons of baking soda. Let your jewelry soak in the mixture for two to three hours. When you take them out, rinse them off with cold water, and your jewelry should be shiny and new-looking again.

At Pretios Jewels, we handcraft each and every piece in our fine jewelry collections. We know that when you purchase designer jewelry it’s a high-value investment. It’s important to make sure your gemstone jewelry stays good-as-new. That being said, you don’t have to constantly take your fine jewelry pieces to a professional cleaner. You can clean it yourself at home with common household items! And if you’re looking to expand your designer jewelry collection, shop our inventory now!