At-Home Jewelry Care

Did your honey gift you with some baubles and bling for Valentine’s Day last month?  No?  Well, anyway, here are some methods and potions to help you keep any jewels you DO have shiny and sparkly.

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Tiffany Liquid Jewelry Cleaner, $20

With almost the same ingredient list, this cleaner by Connoisseurs comes in at a fraction of the price.  But, there’s something about that Tiffany Blue that always gets us, right?

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Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner, $4.99

If you want to step it up a notch and get some batteries involved, this stick will buff your jewels to a bright shine.

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Connoisseurs Sonic Stick, $34.99

In a pinch for time?  This double sided cloth will clean and polish in a minute or two.

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Jeweler’s Rouge Polishing Cloth, $3.59

Here’s a great DIY “recipe” for a jewelry cleaner, with all of the ingredients at the ready in your pantry.  This is safe for silver, gold, brass, and is even safe on freshwater pearls, and is environmentally friendly.

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  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon dish detergent
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 piece aluminum foil
  1. Heat water in the microwave for 1 or 2 minutes.
  2. Cut a piece of aluminum foil that roughly covers the bottom of a small bowl.
  3. Pour hot water into bowl. Place salt, soda, and dishwashing liquid into bowl. Place jewelry on top of foil and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse jewelry in cool water and dry jewelry completely with soft cloth. Discard solution after use and make a new batch next time.
  4. According to wire-sculpture.com, “this works well for gold-filled, brass, german (nickel) silver, sterling silver, freshwater pearls, shell cameos and mother of pearl.

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