Jewelry Cleaning Tips for the discerning Accessory Snob

How does an Accessory Snob take care of her jewelry…

My jewelry lasts forever and looks new most of the time. How is this?

Well here are a few of my tips…

The most important tip I will tell you is never ever sleep in your jewelry. You just never know what the heck it is going to catch on. Then if you do sleep in it it inevitably lands up in the shower with you which is the second biggest no-no.

So then what the heck do you do with it when you aren’t wearing it?

Well if it’s Sterling Silver you actually want to keep it in a plastic bag. You want to get all the air out of it. You can also put a piece of aluminum foil in the bag. Very important, only one piece of Jewelry per bag.

Swarovski Crystal can be kept in a gift box, plastic bag or just a separate slot in your jewelry box. You never want anything touching the crystal itself. So pull the chain away from it so as not to touch the crystal.

The rest of your jewelry should just go in the jewelry box in it’s own compartment. Omega’s should not be clasped, just loosely wrapped around itself like a coil.

Now for cleaning your jewelry.

If you you don’t shower in it you will already see a huge difference in your jewelry. Another tip is put any lotions on and let them soak in before you put your jewelry on.

For sterling silver with natural stones you have to use a polishing cloth. Just never polish the stone itself as the chemicals in the cloth will take off layers of your natural stone, abalone and mother of pearl.

For plain silver you can do several things.

  1. Polishing cloth, use on the sterling silver only. Do not worry when the cloth gets black, it will still clean more silver. Contact me here for where to get great polishing cloths.
  2. Tooth paste: This one involves a bit of elbow grease. Just smear it on the silver and wipe it off.
  3. The old aluminum foil in the kitchen sink trick. Put aluminum foil in the bottom of the kitchen sink shiny side up add the sterling silver, making sure you place the silver on the foil. Cover with warm water and add a couple of table spoons of baking soda and a pinch of salt. Works wonders and can be repeated up to about 10 times if necessary. KEEP IN MIND, all these are for your PLAIN SILVER ONLY!!!

Now for gold and diamonds, this is my home made recipe. Do not do this for rhodium or gold plated jewelry, the plating WILL COME OFF. This is for solid gold and cut precious stone jewelry only. NO PEARLS or OPALS. I use this recipe for my diamonds only or plain gold. Open the windows…..get a glass or a coffee cup. Fill it half way with warm water. Add 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap. Then add about an inch of ammonia. Let your jewelry soak in this. Sometimes I put the cup in another plastic container with a lid on it and leave my wedding ring in it over night. Then after the soaking a use a soft tooth brush to get anything left in it. Then before rinsing, make sure the drain is stopped up so your ring can’t go down and then rinse away.

Now for the biggest secret of all!!

After you have rinsed your jewelry, spread it out on a dish towel or bath towel and use a blow dryer to dry it. Your jewelry will shine like it’s never shone before.

Who wants to ask me why you just don’t hold the jewelry in your hand while using the blow dryer! It’s because you will burn the heck out of your hand!

The best tip of the day however is this. is the place to go to feed your fantasies of Bling Bling and more Bling forever. Stay tuned for more great tips and even contests right here.


Mary Elizabeth Glosup

Queen Snob of Accessory Snobs


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