3 Simple Steps To Cleaning Your Fine Jewellery (Diamonds Included!) Without An Ultrasonic Machine
4 June 2021

3 Simple Steps To Cleaning Your Fine Jewellery (Diamonds Included!) Without An Ultrasonic Machine

A lot of the time, we’d like to get our fine jewellery cleaned, but a trip to the jewellers may be an inconvenience, especially now, during the COVID-19 pandemic. What’s more, some jewellers actually don’t clean your jewelleries for you on the spot, and instead, ask you to leave it with them for a week or so, while others, cleaning services are charged on a per item basis. So, today, we’ll be sharing this tutorial on how you can clean your fine jewelleries yourselves, from the comfort of your own home, without having to purchase an Ultrasonic machine 😉

And yes you can even use these steps to clean your diamonds, but DO NOT attempt this on stones like Carnelian, Turquoise, Malachite, Mother-of-Pearl, Onyx, Tiger’s Eye, Lapis Lazuli, Amber, Chalcedony, and other such similar stones, even if they’re from luxury jewellery brands. That means if you Alhambra bracelets, you can only use these on those without these  stones. This cleaning method can only be used on diamonds, precious, and semi-precious stones (i.e. Sapphire, Emerald, Ruby, Aquamarine, Rubellite, etc).

Now, Let’s get started!

You’ll Need:

  1. Soft baby’s toothbrush (a new one would be great)
  2. Mild dishwashing liquid
  3. A glass jar
  4. A dry microfibre or lint-free cloth

How To Clean Your Jewellery Van Cleef Arpels Alhambra Gold Guilloche Cartier Juste Un Clou

Step 1: Soak in Warm Water & Mild Detergent

Fill up a glass jar with warm water and squeeze a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid into the water. Stir it a little so to ensure that the detergent has been diluted in the water. Put your jewellery pieces one at a time into the jar, and leave it to soak for 3-5 minutes.

Note: ensure that the opening of the glass jar is wide enough so that you can retrieve your jewellery from the water easily. Also, only soak your jewelleries one at a time so that your jewelleries don’t scratch each other.

However, for coloured gemstones, use less concentration of soap (i.e. fewer drops) and soak it for a shorter time.


Step 2: Soft Baby’s Toothbrush

After soaking, remove your jewellery and use a soft baby’s toothbrush to gently brush your jewellery to get the dirt, body oils, and grime out. Do not use force or you might risk scratching your jewellery. Once you’re done, rinse with water (either warm or cold water).


Step 3: Dry Microfibre Cloth

Use a dry microfibre cloth to dry and gently polish your jewellery piece. And voila! You’re all done 🙂


We’ve personally tried these steps on our own jewelleries, including diamonds and a Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra gold guilloche bracelet, and they were super shiny after!


Special thanks to Nurul aka @laydeh for this hack!

Illustrations by @weimun_draws