Ever wonder how to clean jewelry at home?  If so, here are several proper cleaning techniques on how to clean jewelry such as costume, silver, gold, pearl, and even turquoise jewelry.

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How to Clean Costume Jewelry at Home

Costume jewelry needs regular cleaning to keep the good luster for longtime use.  First choose a good jewelry cleaning solution.  Avoid alcohols and acids like ammonia and vinegar.  Read the label of the solution to make sure it can be used with the metal being cleaned.

Avoid using soap and water when cleaning costume jewelery.  Soaps tend to leave a mark on the surfaces of metal or cause the stones to look dull.  While vinegar is lethal to precious gemstones, Windex is also detrimental to delicate finishes of jewelry.  Recommended cleaners you can use are chemical, toothpaste, natural, and cloth.  Of these toothpaste has been famed to be the low-priced yet effective solution.

Use the solution to clean smudges from  gemstones and class. Dab a small amount onto a cotton swab, and gently buff the dirty spot.  Never soak jewelry in the solution, because moisture breaks down glue, welding and other adhesives bonding the jewelry together.

Use a baby toothbrush to gently brush off the costume jewelry to prevent scratching.  You can also pick residue out of encrusted areas with a toothpick.  Dry quickly to avoid rusting.  Dab the jewelry with a towel or blow dry on a cool air setting.

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How to Clean Silver Jewelry

To clean silver jewelry Rinse in warm water and pat dry. If silver is tarnished, use a silver-polishing cloth or a jar of silver-cleaning fluid, such as Goddard’s Silver Dip (available at drugstores). (Silver cleaner won’t harm gold and platinum, but it won’t clean them, either.) For jewelry with intricate designs, use a silver-cleaning paste, which can get into small crevices. (Don’t use toothpaste or other abrasive cleaners, which will scratch.) Wipe with a clean, soft cloth.

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How to Clean Gold Jewelry

To clean gold jewelry simply soak for 15 minutes in a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dishwashing liquid, like Joy. Gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Rinse with warm water, and dry with a soft cloth.

How to Clean Diamond Jewelry

To clean diamond jewelry simply oak for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia. Then gently scrub with a soft-bristle toothbrush, getting into the small areas between the diamond and the setting. Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry. If your diamonds are set in platinum, this method will also clean the setting.

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How to Clean Pearl Jewelry

To clean pearl jewelry Rub each pearl individually with a soft, clean cotton cloth dampened with a solution of two cups warm water and a few drops of a mild dish-washing liquid, like Joy. (Soaking strands of pearls can cause the string to stretch.) Let air-dry overnight.

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How to Clean Turquoise Jewelry

To clean turquoise jewelry dip in warm water. Gently scrub with a soft toothbrush. Rinse with warm water. Let air-dry.

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