Often clients share success and horror stories about cleaning and caring for their jewelry. Yes, it’s probably best to have your jeweler clean your fine jewelry, but there are home solutions that are safe as well. Here are a few tips to remember when caring for your jewelry.

  • Never soak your fine jewelry in bleach or a solution of bleach. Chlorine will eat away at the metal leaving pits and damaging the piece. Bleach has been known to eat away at the metal, disintegrating it, much like it would on fabric.
  • Instead, use a solution of ammonia and water. Give your piece a few quick dunks and use a soft toothbrush to gently scrub the fine areas.
  • Never use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean opals, pearls, emeralds, or coral. The heat and chemicals can permanently damage these stones. There are more on this list, so check with your jeweler.
  • Instead, use your soft toothbrush and soapy water to clean these delicate gems.
  • Never use toothpaste or other abrasive cleaners to clean your jewelry.
  • Instead, use one of the methods above or visit your jeweler for a professional cleaning.

For cleaning chains, Ali says there is no substitute for ultrasonic cleaning. Ali offers complimentary jewelry cleaning and inspection, so take advantage next time your browsing his great selection.