Cleaning Jewelry

It’s good to take the time every once in awhile to assess your jewelry to determine what needs cleaning. It is easy to forget that those pieces we wear every day need a little spiffing up every now and then. Here are three different types of jewelry and three different products I used to give them an extra shine.

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1. Polishing Cloth: Everyone should own one of these because they are perfect for routine polishing for fast results.

2. Goddard’s Copper and Brass Liquid Polish (or use their silver polish): Great for heavy-duty polishing when the polishing cloth alone doesn’t work on.

3. Diamond Dazzle Stick: This is a must-have for anyone with an engagement or wedding ring. Nothing works better to make my ring sparkle like the day I got engaged.

IMG_2201Here are the pieces I’m using (BEFORE): My wedding ring, signet ring, and anchor necklace.

My signet ring is a few years old and has started to tarnish, which is common since I haven’t been careful with it. It’s only gold-plated, not 100% gold, so water or storing it incorrectly can tarnish it unless you take good care of it. The polish I bought cuts down on tarnish, so I first tried it on the back of the ring and then worked towards the front. The Q-Tips I used were black immediately with this product, showing a lot of tarnish was happening that I couldn’t see.

The anchor necklace is sterling silver but started to look a little cloudy from not polishing it in awhile. I didn’t need liquid polish for this, just the cloth. About one minute using the cloth and it looks brand new.

My wedding ring is worn every day so I try to clean it well about every two months. It’s always great to take it to the jeweler for cleaning once a year, but this product works wonders for “every once in awhile” necessity. You brush it with the liquid that’s inside of it, and after you rinse the ring, it looks like the day you got it. I love this product!

IMG_2206IMG_2204AFTER: I think the cloth worked really well on the anchor necklace and it looks great. My wedding ring turned out really nice with the stick. The liquid polish, however, took a lot of hard work and didn’t get rid of the tarnish 100% (not sure if I can at this point). It did seem to do a good job getting rid of most of the tarnish and making it shiny again. I was at the point were I wouldn’t wear it, but now I will again.


How do you clean your jewelry?


6 Comments on Cleaning Jewelry

  1. Petite Quenyne
    July 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm (8 years ago)

    Great blog post! I had never heard of the Diamond Dazzle Stick. I have usually relied on an old toothbrush and paste (not gel) toothpaste. It works well, but now I want to give the Stick a try. A good way to prevent silver jewellery from tarnishing is to store in a completely sealed Ziplock bag from which you have removed all the air (oxygen is what tarnishes silver in the first place).

    • thedressdecoded
      July 28, 2015 at 9:19 am (8 years ago)

      I read that about the tarnishing after it tarnished a little bit! I’ll be doing that from now on. 🙂

      Let me know how the Diamond Dazzle Stick works for you!

  2. Erin
    July 29, 2015 at 9:41 am (8 years ago)

    Oh my goodness, your wedding ring is beautiful! It looks like an heirloom piece. Do you have a wedding or did you decide to use your engagement ring as your wedding band? Also, this is a bit random, but what finger do you prefer to wear your signet ring on?
    I just take my rings in to the jeweler to have them cleaned, which likely isn’t often enough! 😉

    • thedressdecoded
      July 29, 2015 at 9:07 pm (8 years ago)

      Thank you so much! I original saw it on Carly (the college prepster) ‘s blog, and when I messaged her she said it was costume jewelry from Banana Republic, so long story short we got the fake version, my husband, then fiance, took it to a jeweler and had it made into a real version. I was going to get a wedding band but it would alter the way it looked and I wasn’t happy with the result so I wear this as my wedding ring.

      I wear my signet ring on my right ring finger because I can’t find a ring small enough for the pinky. I already wear a 4 and a 1/2 on my ring finger.

      I like the Diamond stick for in between getting them professionally cleaned, it does a pretty good job!

      Thanks for reading and for the kind compliments! 🙂

  3. Irene Medina
    October 27, 2015 at 9:18 am (8 years ago)

    I have Diamond Dazzle Stick. It is amazing. My wedding ring loves it! It is really easy to use. Thank you for sharing! Greetings!


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