Quirky How To; Jewelry Cleaning and Care

My jewelry box is my personal jewelry store, and every now and then I have to reorganize it.  This is a good time for me to select a new favorite ring or necklace and place it in the front where it will be worn more often. It is nice when you can find the time to take a walk down memory lane, and clean out your jewelry box. Just like your closet and drawers, your jewelry box needs a good seasonal cleaning.


Sideways cross, rhinestone and black faceted glass necklace.

With my polishing cloth near, I began to go through my long earned collection of earrings, and smile when I thought about the black pearl and sterling silver earrings I wear so often. I organize the rainbow of colors of glittering glass beads and marvel at the beauty of the semi-precious stone beads. I find that I always group my turquoise necklaces and bracelets together because they are my everyday favorites.


Four strands of beautiful green semi-precious turquoise gemstone with Peridot accents.

As I reminisced, I began making a small pile of jewelry pieces that needed cleaning. Sterling silver will tarnish, and other pieces can take on a dull look. I started thinking about what might be the best way to clean these very different kinds of jewelry.

Recently I was speaking with an artisan acquaintance, when a distraught friend of his approached him asking if he could save her jewelry. She thought she was doing a good thing by putting her jewelry to soak overnight in store purchased jewelry cleaner. In fact, the jewelry cleaner ruined her jewelry.

I tell this tale as one of caution for those of you who might not take the time to research how to properly clean your jewelry before unintentionally damaging it.

Some products that clean metal well may damage semi-precious or precious gemstones. Some gemstones are more porous, or they may scratch easier. It is important to know the proper way to clean each individual jewelry piece.

Here are some links for handmade jewelry cleaner that you may find will work for some of your jewelry. I recommend using a cleaning cloth for sterling silver jewelry.


I would love to hear your horror stories of jewelry cleaning gone wrong. I will look forward to your comments.

Until next time,

Quirky Girl


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