4 Ways to Clean Tarnished Costume Jewelry
17 Dec 2015 | Jewellery

“Good things come in small packages especially when it’s jewelry.”


Accessories are style updaters adding a sparkle to the attire. Women love flaunting jewelry, whether it’s a neckpiece, a ring, earrings or a bracelet. Costume jewelry is the in-thing today and women love to shop this piece of happiness every now and then, unlike the real jewelry that can be bought occasionally.


Fashion jewelry, if not taken care of, wears off quickly. Even sweat, oxygen and water can leave dark spots which are hard to remove. Most of the designer fashion jewelry lovers throw their favorite pieces if tarnished. However, the fact is, there is a lot of life left in that favorite piece of yours which you would throw away with a heavy heart. If a jewelry piece that is made out of metal gets tarnished, is not a sign of poor quality. Let me explain this. When oxygen comes in contact with sulfuric elements present in the environment, there’s a chemical reaction which results in tarnishing of the metal. With time, your favorite piece darkens and wears off losing its beauty.


Now you can treasure your favorite jewelry for a longer time. So don’t throw away your favorite vintage pieces, make them look sparkling new again with these handy tips and minimal effort.


  1. Lemon Juice or Dry Mango Powder – This can be a little abrasive way to shine your tarnished jewelry, but works wonders. Dilute one part of water and one part of lemon juice and let your jewelry sit in it for about ten to fifteen minutes. If the dirt and grime doesn’t dissolve, keep the jewelry in the lemon juice for a little longer. The acid works through the dirt and the jewelry pieces will retain back the shine. If you have dry mango powder at home, mix two tablespoons of it with water and make a thick paste. Rub it on the tarnished jewelry pieces and keep aside for ten minutes or more. Rinse it with water and buff with a clean dry cloth. Get back the sparkle in your favorite pieces.
    lemon powder
  2. Baking Soda, Salt and Aluminum Foil – Take a deep plate or a flat round pan and line it with a sheet of aluminum foil with the shiny side up. Lay all your darkened fashion jewelry and have them touch the foil. Mix one tablespoon of salt and one tablespoon of baking soda into the dish. Heat one cup water and pour it in the mixture. You will see bubbles. In a few minutes, the chemical reaction of the foil, baking soda and hot water will clean off the dirt. Rinse with warm water and buff with a dry cloth. As a result, your favorite pieces will sparkle and shine.
    Baked powder
  3. Toothpaste and Toothbrush – Put toothpaste on the darkened fashion jewelry and work it into any crevices. Once the paste is smudged over the jewelry, take a soft bristle toothbrush and clean the toothpaste off the jewelry. The darkened pieces retain back the shine.
  4. Mild Shampoo and Toothbrush – Take two three drops of mild shampoo or baby shampoo and mix it with three drops of water. Use a soft toothbrush and clean the grime off the pieces with the mixture. Rinse off quickly with cool water and dry them with a clean dry and soft cloth. You can also use a hairdryer to make sure that each piece is dry.

With little care and precaution, you can prevent your favorite pieces from getting tarnished. Store them in zippered plastic bags with the air removed or keep them in a jewelry box. Avoid contact with perfume, hairspray, chlorinated water or household cleaning products and protect from sharp blows and scratching on abrasive surfaces and chemicals.