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How to clean jewelry and make it sparkle just like new

Karen Miner is the Food & Home Editor for SheKnows. She is a freelance writer, recipe developer and is also the cook, author and photographer behind the food blog, Tasty Trials, a collection of original recipes and stories. She and her h...

This just in: You can clean your own jewelry at home your own darn self

Believe it or not, it's totally possible to get even the oldest jewelry looking as good as new again. With the help of a few common cleaning ingredients, you'll remember why you bought that pretty ring or bracelet in the first place. (Hint: If you've got aluminum foil and vinegar in your cabinets, then you're already halfway there.)

Just remember: Methods using chemicals or other harsh and abrasive cleaners are not recommended for soft stones like opals and pearls — use soap and water only. For the rest of your baubles, you can shine them up with one of these handy jewelry cleaning hacks:

Ammonia

That diamond isn't going to keep its sparkle all on its own. Soak diamond jewelry in a solution of 1 cup warm water and 1/4 cup ammonia for about 15 minutes, then use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub away any remaining grime, especially in the crevices of the setting and underneath the diamond.

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Vinegar

Cleaning your gold and gemstone jewelry couldn't be easier with white vinegar. Simply drop the jewelry into a jar of vinegar and let sit for 10 to15 minutes, agitating occasionally. Remove and scrub with a soft-bristled toothbrush, if necessary.

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