Luckily, it’s possible to clean most items in your jewelry box without heading to a professional jeweler. Restore tarnished silver and dingy gold back to their former selves, get gemstones like diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and sapphires glinting again, and make those pearls look lustrous once more.
When your bling has lost its, well, bling, consult these tried-and-true DIY cleaning methods from the experts at the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab. Just grab the right supplies (and a little elbow grease) to get started.
How to Clean Silver
The best way to clean tarnished silver pieces and keep them from re-tarnishing as quickly is with a good silver polish, like Good Housekeeping Seal holder Weiman Silver Polish, which contains ingredients that dissolve and remove tarnish while leaving behind a protective coating to prevent new tarnish from forming.
Liquid polishes can be a bit messy to use, especially if you’re in a hurry, so wipes (like the ones below) can be a more convenient alternative. Specially treated multi-layer cloths, which have