How To Clean Jewellery

At Miltons Diamonds, we understand how important keeping your jewellery in top condition is and, ultimately, we want you to get the most enjoyment out of your investment. Being meticulous with your jewellery will keep your diamonds shining and your gold gleaming, as well as prolonging the life of your precious pieces. And as we’re experts in providing second-hand and custom pieces, we thought we’d highlight the best way to care for your jewellery.

If you’re wanting your jewellery to deliver a wonderful long-lasting impression, follow this simple guide for cleaning your jewellery at home and you’re sure to have your jewellery sparkling again in no time.  

Jewellery Cleaning

There are many reasons why cleaning your jewellery periodically will benefit the piece itself, as well as affect your own enjoyment of the jewellery. If you wear jewellery daily, you’ll no doubt be aware of the build-up that will appear underneath rings, on earrings and between intricate stones of any jewellery piece. This grime that builds up over time can dull shine and affect the appearance of the jewellery. Even water sitting behind a gemstone can attract dust, which over time can give a cloudy look to the stone, dulling the shine, which is why it’s important to treat your quality jewellery with a regular clean.  

Invest in a professional jewellery cleaning service

Firstly, if you don’t have time to clean your jewellery at home, there are professional jewellery cleaning services available that will gently clean your precious jewellery to a high standard using a range of cleaning techniques. At Miltons Diamonds, we offer comprehensive cleaning, polishing and repair service that is available in store. The price for a professional clean and polish varies depending on the jewellery.

  • Yellow Gold Ring Clean & Polish From £25
  • White Gold Ring Clean & Polish With Rhodium Plating From £45
  • White Gold Bracelet Clean & Polish With Rhodium Plating From £85

Tips for cleaning jewellery at home

Being confident with your home jewellery cleaning requires some research on how to get the best out of your jewellery and this can be done simply by using household items that you’ll already have in your cupboards.

Create your own homemade jewellery cleaning solution

To remove built-up tarnish and replenish the shine of your jewellery, you can create a homemade jewellery solution suited to different metals and gemstones to bring them back to life. Many of the home cleaning techniques involve simple warm water and soap solutions and the use of a soft toothbrush to get into the intricate spaces between gemstones. Be sure to use different solutions to suit the various metals, so as not to discolour or tarnish the gemstones or metals further.

How to clean gold

Precious metals such as high carat gold or platinum can withstand this type of cleaning method. Warm water with a mild soap is a good and gentle cleaning solution for gold jewellery. Soak the gold in this solution for 20 to 40 minutes. If needed, use a soft cloth or soft toothbrush to rub or wipe the jewellery. 

To clean gold and diamonds thoroughly, a solution of warm water, ammonia and a splash of laundry detergent will create an effective jewellery cleaning solution that will allow your gold jewellery to soak and shed any dullness in the process. Wipe dry with a clean cloth to bring your gold jewellery back to life.

Sterling silver and coloured gemstones will not react well to this type of cleaning solution, so select your pieces carefully for this at home jewellery cleaning solution.

How to clean a diamond ring

The best way to clean diamond rings is to make a solution with warm water and dishwashing soap. Soak your diamond for around 20 to 40 minutes, gently brush the stone with a very soft toothbrush and then rinse under warm running water. 

How to clean silver jewellery

Remove unsightly tarnish from your silver jewellery by making a thick paste of baking soda and water and applying this to the jewellery piece with a damp sponge. Rub gently all over the metal, rinse and then buff dry. 

Another way to clean silver jewellery at home is to line a bowl with aluminium foil before filling it with hot water and mixing in one tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent and allowing your jewellery to soak for one minute. This technique relies on an ion-exchange chemical process that will clean silver jewellery beautifully.

How to clean silver earrings 

Run your sterling silver earrings under warm water to allow any dirt to wash away. After this process, you need to dry them thoroughly. Air-drying causes water spots, however, these can be quickly remedied by rubbing them dry with a clean, lint-free cloth along the grain of the silver.

How to clean precious stones 


Many emeralds actually have oil on their surface to keep the stone hydrated and to fill in any inclusions that the stone may have, so it is important to stay away from oil-stripping chemicals when cleaning your emerald jewellery. Emeralds can be cleaned with a microfiber cloth to remove any build-up before being cleaned more thoroughly with a soft toothbrush and warm water.

Sapphires and Rubies

Similar to diamonds, sapphires and rubies are made up of a robust composition making them easy to care for, though they can still be easily scratched. To clean sapphires and rubies, just mix a small amount of washing up liquid in a bowl of warm water and allow the pieces to soak for up to 20 minutes before gently buffing with a soft toothbrush and drying with a cloth. Ensure that the washing up liquid has no added moisturisers in it to avoid leftover residue.   


Pearls are delicate and cannot be exposed to chemicals or soaked in water, so simply clean your pearl jewellery by wiping them with a clean, soft cloth and if needed, a small amount of cool water before drying.

Jewellery cleaning products

If you’d like a no-fuss way to clean your jewellery, and looking for ways to keep your jewellery looking its best whilst travelling, then why not consider purchasing jewellery cleaning products from Connoisseurs? The Connoisseurs jewellery cleaning product range at Milton’s Diamonds includes easy to use cleaning wipes and silver jewellery polishing cloth and a gold jewellery polishing cloth. Use the diamond dazzle stick cleaning tool to get into the intricate gaps in your engagement ring or other diamond rings to keep them clean and extra shiny. These cleaning products are now only available in store.

We hope that our guide of top tips for cleaning your jewellery at home proves helpful to those looking for ways to clean their jewellery safely and inexpensively. Here at Miltons Diamonds, we’re passionate about keeping our ladies’ jewellery and men’s jewellery in top condition, so explore the jewellery cleaning techniques we’ve suggested for a truly sparkling jewellery collection.

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