Your fine jewelry is oftentimes worth a whole heck of a lot more to you than just the value of the gold and gemstones that make up its composition. Jewelry is often a hugely sentimental thing for someone to own, and as such we tend to like taking the best possible care of our jewelry. Few things in the world are more disappointing than dull or dirty jewelry, and nothing makes you feel better than giving your jewelry a nice, new sheen just like the day you bought it or had it made. There are a few different ways to give your baubles a good clean, and finding the right one might seem like something of a chore. We’ll talk about the five best methods for cleaning jewelry, and make sure you know what to do if gemstones are involved. Once you’ve finished this article, having that precious jewelry looking like new will be absolutely no problem.

1) Combine Dish Soap and Water

One of the easiest and most straightforward methods for cleaning up your jewelry real nicely-like involves nothing more complicated than a few good drops of your favorite dishwashing solution into a bowl of warm water. You don’t need to go crazy with either the temperature or the water or the amount of dish soap you use. Simply let your jewelry sit in this solution for around fifteen minutes before rinsing off with some cool water, and you should notice it looking nice and shiny clean.

2) Use a Little Ammonia

This method requires a bit more care, but it also gets you a more thorough clean, which might be well worth the price of admission. For this, you want to make a relatively weak mixture of water and ammonia — that is, you want to maybe include one part ammonia to about six parts water. You want to be nice and sparing with the ammonia because it can damage your gold if you overdo it, even though it’ll get you a nice shiny clean when you do it right. Soak the jewelry in this mixture for less than a minute, and scoop it all out using a strainer when you’re done. Give it a rinse and a little polish, and you’re all set.

3) Don’t Submerge Your Gemstones

Gemstones are usually set into your jewelry with glue, so it’s not a great idea to submerge them in water, unless you want a collection of loose gemstones rolling around the bottom of your sock drawer. Instead, you’re going to want to use the solution you made using Tip #1 and get some of it on a soft wash cloth. Use this to clean off the gemstone and surrounding jewelry, which should keep you from accidentally dissolving the glue that holds them together.

4) Use a Little Toothpaste
Use your old toothbrush to give that jewelry a more precision clean without buying any kind of fancy or expensive solutions. In fact, the toothpaste you’ve got sitting right there in your bathroom will do the trick just fine. Use a little bit on the end of an old toothbrush, which will actually work better in this case because its bristles will be softer and more pliable.

5) Use Boiling Water

Sometimes you just can’t get stuff off your jewelry no matter how hard you try. Nothing’s worse than having some oil or grease on your gold name necklace, and discovering that nothing you try will get it off. Well, for those more persistent situations, you can use a solution as simple as boiling water to lift those irritating residues off your jewelry in a snap.