Antique Jewelry Looking Old And Worn Out? Restore The Beauty With These 3 Simple Tricks

26 May 2015
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If you've recently inherited antique jewelry, you're going to want to take care of it properly. You can't just wipe it off and toss it in a jewelry box, especially if it's got some wear and tear showing on it. With a little bit of tender loving care, you can get your antique jewelry looking good as new. Here are some simple care instructions that will help you clean your jewelry.

1. Go For the Gold

If you're not familiar with antique gold pieces, you might not realize that they can dent very easily. It's very important that you take extra care when cleaning your gold pieces. To prevent damage, it's best if you clean antique gold by soaking it and then gently wiping it clean.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Small bowl

  • ½ cup of water

  • 1 cup of ammonia

  • Soft tooth brush

  • Clean cloth


  1. Pour your water and ammonia into a small bowl.

  2. Carefully dip your gold jewelry into the bowl.

  3. Remove the jewelry and brush with a soft toothbrush.

  4. Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.

  5. For severely tarnished gold, allow the jewelry to sit in the solution overnight.

Don't Settle For Tarnished Silver

Silver pieces can become so tarnished that you can't even tell they're silver. You can remove the tarnish and restore the beautiful silver luster with just a couple of ingredients.

Supplies You'll Need

  • 2 small bowls

  • Water

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda

  • 2 soft cloths


  1. Place your baking soda in one of the bowls and add enough water to form a soft paste.

  2. Fill the second bowl with clean water.

  3. Get one your cloths wet and squeeze out the excess water.

  4. Dip the tip of your wet cloth into the baking soda paste.

  5. Apply a thin coat of baking soda paste to your silver jewelry.

  6. Rub well in small circular motions.

  7. Rinse your jewelry with clear water and pat dry.

  8. Repeat this process on all your antique silver jewelry.

Be Dazzled By the Gems

If your antique gem stones aren't shining as brilliantly as they should, you can wake that shine up with a quick cleaning.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Small bowl

  • Water

  • Mild dish detergent

  • Soft toothbrush

  • Clean cloth


  1. Fill a bowl with clear water and add a tablespoon of mild dish detergent.

  2. Dip your toothbrush into the cleaning solution and carefully wash each gemstone.

  3. Rinse your gemstones with clear water and allow them to air dry on a clean cloth.

You want to show off your antique jewelry but that can be difficult when it's covered in years of tarnish and oils. These simple cleaning methods will help you remove the signs of old age and restore the beauty of your family heirlooms.

To learn more about antique jewelry, contact a company like Morgan Sonsthagen Jewelry Design