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How to clean your jewelry?

jewelry tips & advice, FAQsKarolien Severins

This blogpost is all about cleaning your (silver) jewelry. I get questions about jewelry care instructions and cleaning almost daily, so I hope this advice answers all your questions.


If you don't like reading, here is a video about this topic:


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NOTE: The methods I will write down below, are only to be used on fine jewelry (sterling) silver and gold. Don’t try these methods with high street (cheap) jewelry or costume jewelry.

And don’t use these methods for jewelry with gemstones, pearls or silver jewelry with a patina that was a part of the design (to create a more antique / vintage look or to create more contrast in a piece of jewelry).

For all those types of jewelry, ask the place you bought it from for clean and care tips, because every piece of jewelry is different.

Before and After : Clean your silver jewelry at home!

Before and After : Clean your silver jewelry at home!

How to clean tarnished silver jewelry at home and make it shine again?

Sometimes your Sterling silver jewelry gets tarnished or the polishing gets dull. To prevent that, you can give your jewelry a quick clean after wearing it, check method 1 &2. I have more tips on prevent your jewelry from tarnishing in another blog post, click here if you want to read those tips. If a quick clean is not enough, you can use the DIY jewelry cleaning method 3 or ask a professional jeweler to clean the jewelry for you.



There are a few methods you could try to clean your silver jewelry:

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  • Method 1: Give your jewelry a quick clean with a polishing cloth (like for example the one I use here, that’s one from Hagerty). Quick, easy and you can keep it and use it again every time you need it.

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  • Method 2: Warm water and mild dish soap: Mix some mild eco friendly dish soap in a bowl of warm water and gently wash oils, creams, dust… from your fine jewelry. Rinse in water (just water, nothing else) and dry it with a soft cloth. Make sure your jewelry is completely dry before storing it.

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  • Method 3: Baking Soda and Aluminium foil: Cover the inside of a bowl with aluminium foil and place your tarnished Sterling Silver jewelry on top of the foil, cover it with some baking soda and fill the bowl with boiled water. Wait until it stops bubbling. Rinse your jewelry in water (just water, nothing else) and dry it with a soft cloth. Make sure your jewelry is completely dry before storing it in a jewelry box.

  • Method 4: Go to a local jeweler and ask them to clean and polish it for you!


How to prevent tarnishing or prevent that your jewelry gets dull?

I wrote another blogpost about that!

Was this information helpful? Share your before and after photo's on social media, use #korneliajewelrytips and we might learn tips and tricks from each other.

See you soon!

Karolien