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How to Make your Jewelry Sparkle for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year again. The bright lights, the dazzling outfits…and the sparkling jewelry. Jewelry often gets overlooked when dressing for the holidays, but what adds more sparkle to an outfit?

I found this easy jewelry cleaning  recipe in the Huffington Post that won’t take you long and the luminous rewards will be many!

Just remember: no toothpaste!

Here are a few suggestions for an at-home do-it-yourself cleaning that can really help brighten up your favorite jewelry items. This method will work on yellow or white gold or platinum jewelry set with most gemstones including diamonds, sapphires, rubies, tanzanite, amethyst, blue topaz and many others. Do not soak pearls, opals, onyx, emeralds or other soft gemstones, which may be damaged by the cleaning solution.

You need to give your jewelry a good bath in a diluted solution of water and a common household non-caustic cleaning solution.

In a small jar, mix about 1/3 parts household cleaner with 2/3 parts water. I recommend either Mr. Clean, Fantastic, 409, Windex or even one of those little jars of jewelry cleaner you get at the local store. The nice thing about those is they come with a little basket and a brush. If they contain some ammonia it’s OK, but bleach can react badly with some metals.

The trick to really cleaning the back of the stone and all the hard-to-get-at little nooks and crannies is to soak the item overnight. This gives the cleaning solution a chance to dissolve the built up “stuff” in all those hard-to-reach places. After your jewelry has soaked for several hours, place a wash cloth in the bathroom sink, close the sink drain and turn on the cold water. Hold the ring firmly (it will be slippery) over the wash cloth and rinse it in the running water. You can even use a wet toothbrush to poke at the open areas of your jewelry to help remove any loose remaining “stuff.”

Sparking and ready to go! Classic wire basket lever back earrings with Charles and Colvard created round Moissanite. $435