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How to Remove Discoloration on Jewelry

How to Remove Discoloration on Jewelry
Restore the appearance of your discolored jewelry with a quick cleaning. Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Discoloration forms on jewelry because of body oils, cosmetics transferring from your skin to the jewelry and from normal wear. You don’t have to immediately head to a professional jeweler when your gold or silver jewelry becomes discolored. Try cleaning it at home first to remove the discoloration and restore the original appearance of the jewelry.


Step 1

Fill a small bowl with warm water. Add a few drops of mild dishwashing soap and mix it up well so the water is sudsy.

Step 2

Place the jewelry into the bowl of soapy water. Rub the jewelry around gently with your fingers.

Step 3

Dip a soft baby toothbrush into the soapy water. Use the brush to gently scrub the jewelry to remove the discoloration. Avoid scrubbing too hard, as the gold can become scratched.

Step 4

Rinse the jewelry with warm water to remove the soap residue. Dry thoroughly with a soft cotton cloth.


Step 1

Fill a small bowl with warm water and mild dishwashing soap. Mix it up well so the water is sudsy.

Step 2

Dip a soft cotton cloth into the soapy water. Use the cloth and soapy water to gently scrub the discolored areas of the jewelry.

Step 3

Rinse the jewelry with cool water. Wipe it thoroughly with a clean cloth until it’s completely dry.

Step 4

Mix one part warm water and three parts baking soda if the discoloration is still there. Wet the jewelry with water, then scrub gently with the baking soda mixture and a clean cloth until the discoloration is gone. If the jewelry has stones, do not scrub the stones with the baking soda. Rinse with clean water, then buff with a cloth to dry.

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