How To Clean Jewelry At Home

Since 1986, Kirk & Company Jewelers has been at the forefront of offering exemplary service and expertise in the jewelry industry. Our family-run business prides itself on attention to detail, exceptional service, and a continuous journey towards excellence. Today, we share our insights on a crucial aspect of jewelry care: how to clean your pieces at home, ensuring they continue to sparkle and shine just like the day you brought them home.

Understanding Jewelry Care

Proper care and maintenance of your jewelry are essential for preserving its beauty and longevity. While we always recommend professional cleaning for intricate pieces, many items can be safely and effectively cleaned at home with the right approach and materials.

The Basics of Home Jewelry Cleaning

Identify Your Jewelry Type

Different materials require different care. Ensure you know whether your jewelry is gold, silver, gemstone, or pearl before choosing your cleaning method.

Gather Necessary Supplies

Common household items can be used for cleaning, such as:

  • Mild dish soap
  • Warm water
  • Soft-bristle brush (e.g., a toothbrush)
  • Lint-free cloth

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

For Gold and Platinum Jewelry

  1. Prepare a Soapy Solution: Mix a few drops of mild dish soap with warm water.
  2. Soak Your Jewelry: Place your gold or platinum pieces in the solution for about 15-20 minutes.
  3. Gentle Scrubbing: Use a soft-bristle brush to gently remove any dirt or grime.
  4. Rinse and Dry: Rinse your jewelry under lukewarm running water and dry with a lint-free cloth.

For Silver Jewelry

  1. Silver-Specific Cleaner: Use a silver cleaning solution available at most stores, or create a paste with baking soda and water.
  2. Apply the Cleaner: With a soft cloth, apply the cleaner, gently rubbing the silver.
  3. Rinse Well: Ensure all cleaner is thoroughly rinsed off.
  4. Dry and Polish: Dry with a lint-free cloth and use a silver polish cloth for added shine.

For Gemstone Jewelry

  1. Soapy Water Cleanse: Prepare a mild soapy solution as above.
  2. Soft Brush Cleaning: Very gently brush the gemstone with a soft-bristle brush.
  3. Rinse and Pat Dry: Rinse under lukewarm water and pat dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.

For Pearls and Delicate Stones

  1. Damp Cloth Wipe: Use a damp cloth moistened with water only to gently wipe each pearl.
  2. Air Dry: Lay the strand on a soft cloth to dry completely before storage.

Additional Care Tips

  • Regular Checks- Regularly inspect your jewelry for loose stones or any wear and tear.
  • Professional Cleaning- For deep cleaning or repair, professional services ensure your jewelry remains in pristine condition. Kirk & Company Jewelers offers Custom and Repair services to cater to all your jewelry needs.
  • Safe Storage- Store your jewelry in a clean, dry place, ideally in a fabric-lined jewelry box.


At Kirk & Company Jewelers, we understand the sentimental and financial value attached to each piece of jewelry. By following these home cleaning tips, you can maintain the luster and integrity of your cherished items. For specialized care, particularly for high-value or intricate pieces, we invite you to visit us at our Milford, OH location for professional cleaning and maintenance services.

Contact us for a Free Custom Jewelry Consultation or book an appointment today to ensure your jewelry remains as timeless and beautiful as the moments they symbolize. Follow us on Instagram to stay updated with the latest care tips and our exquisite jewelry collections.

Kirk & Company Jewelers is here to assist you in every step of your jewelry journey, combining our craftsmanship, attention to detail, and dedication to customer satisfaction to serve you better.

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