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Spring Cleaning Checklist: Jewelry Edition

on May 12, 2017 8:05 AM

Spring cleaning jewelry with a toothbrush

Does spring give you a sudden urge to clean everything – including your jewelry?

Before you reach for the toothpaste or chemical-laden jewelry cleaner, check out this spring cleaning checklist for jewelry.

How to Spring Clean Your Jewelry

  • DON’T clean your jewelry with toothpaste. The abrasives can scratch your stones and bands.

  • DON’T clean your jewelry over the sink or anywhere with an open drain.

  • DO read the labels on jewelry cleaners, using only on the intended metal and gemstones.

  • DO use warm water, mild dish soap and a soft bristle toothbrush to get in hard-to-reach areas.

  • DO visit your jeweler at least once a year for a professional cleaning and inspection.

Watch a demonstration of the safest way to clean your jewelry at home. Then, download our free guide for even more jewelry cleaning and care tips.

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When to Remove Your Jewelry

While jewelry hazards lurk year round, spring brings its own crop of activities dangerous to jewelry.

Remove your jewelry when:

    • Gardening. It's not just dirt that's a problem. Many a ring has been flung off with a glove, too.

    • Cleaning. Bleach and other heavy-duty cleaners can wear away at precious metals.

  • Exercising. Ready to pick up that tennis racket or golf club? Put down those rings first.

If you ever find yourself debating whether or not an activity could damage your jewelry, remember: better safe than sorry. Just make sure you put that jewelry away somewhere safe!

How to Clean & Care for Your Diamond Engagement Ring

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published May 15, 2014 and has been updated for comprehensiveness. 


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

We appreciate your dedication to keeping your ring clean and sparkling, T. Antony. We advise all jewelry owners to take caution when cleaning their diamond ring with anything other than mild dish soap, warm water and a soft-bristle toothbrush.

Extreme temperatures, harsh chemicals and high water pressure could cause stones to become loose and cause damage to certain metals and stones.

We recommend taking your jewelry to a jeweler for a professional cleaning and inspection at least twice a year to ensure your jewelry is in good condition. If you have any questions about additional jewelry care and cleaning tips, please feel free to give us a call at 888-884-2424 or download our free Cleaning &amp; Care Guide at


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