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The Only Homemade Jewelry Cleaner You Should Use [VIDEO]

on May 12, 2016 1:24 PM

How to Clean Jewelry with Homemade Jewelry Cleaner

Don't believe everything you read on the internet, friends.

Search "homemade jewelry cleaner" and hundreds of different methods pop up. Everything from natural cleaning resources to lifestyle websites to online recipe catalogs claim to have a tried-and-true method of DIY jewelry cleaning. 

Do you really want to trust the homemade jewelry cleaner recipe listed alongside directions for the ultimate meatloaf?

Probably not.

Homemade Jewelry Cleaner from the Experts

Since we're the only insurer in North America solely dedicated to jewelry insurance for over 100 years, AND we employ both GIA Graduate Gemologists and AGS Certified Gemologists, we're more than qualified to steer you in the right direction.

Watch as we demonstrate how to safely use the only homemade jewelry cleaner we recommend:



Now, there are some more involved methods that can be safe to use at home, too. But they are specific to the type of jewelry.

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"Red, white and blue" gems can be cleaned at home. (That's rubies, diamonds and sapphires.) For detailed instructions on how to clean particular gemstones (and when to leave it to the professionals), use GIA's Gem Encyclopedia.


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I have all kinds of gems that need special handling. My jeweler is good about cleaning them but I would like to know my self. Pearls, turquoise, spiny oyster, coral among others - and my mothers cameo especially.

Jan Mankowski

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Jan - Great idea. We will add that topic to the calendar for the coming weeks. Thanks for reading!

Chelsea Drusch

Do you have any specific recommendations for maintaining and cleaning heavily textured sterling silver jewelry, such as "twig" rings?


In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Hi Laura - First off, definitely stay away from tarnish remover. The best thing for silver, regardless of texture, is to bring it to a jeweler. If that's not an option, the next best thing is a simple polishing cloth. Good luck!

Chelsea Drusch

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