When you want to keep your diamonds sparkling and your class ring in tiptop shape for the upcoming reunion, a great jewelry cleaner can polish them all while protecting them from damage. The best jewelry cleaner is made for specific materials and stones, and it targets dirt and grime that build up over time.
We asked Laura Elizabeth, owner and designer of Laura Elizabeth Jewelry, for her expert tips on jewelry cleaning. She recommends periodic cleaning and maintenance for all pieces, especially those with sentimental value. “I recommend getting the prongs on your wedding band checked often. The last thing you want to do is look down and see you’re missing it!” she says. “Also, I would check cleaning instructions before cleaning any semi-precious or precious metals. Pearls, too!”
With Elizabeth’s advice in mind, our top pick, Weiman Liquid Jewelry Cleaner, cleans most types of jewelry in just 30 minutes with minimal scrubbing.
Ahead, here are the best jewelry cleaners for all of your precious pieces. Take note, these cleaners are so good, this might just be the perfect excuse to buy more jewelry!
Weiman Liquid Jewelry Cleaner
Works on many types of jewelry
Minimal or no scrubbing
Not safe for pearls
May irritate the skin
Weiman Liquid Jewelry Cleaner is easy to use and effective at removing grimy buildup on gold, diamonds, platinum, and other precious stones and metals. It especially works on small intricate pieces by lifting the dirt off the jewelry, so you won’t need to do much, if any, scrubbing. It includes a tray inside the container so that you can even clean delicate chains.
When you’re done soaking your jewelry, which can take up to 30 minutes depending on how much dirt is embedded, all you have to do is rinse. Rinsing the jewelry before wearing it is a good idea. Not only does this wash away the dirt, but it also safely keeps any potentially irritating cleaner off your skin.
It should not be used to clean pearls, however. Other surfaces that can be damaged include amber, malachite, opals, jade, or turquoise. This is because it's an ammonia-based cleaner. Ammonia can damage the finish of some surfaces, so be careful if you aren’t sure what your jewelry is made of. It can be used to clean silver, but isn’t as effective at removing tarnish as it is on other metals. Still, we give Weiman's cleaner gold stars because it gives a professional-level clean in mere minutes! By the end of it all, with all of your newly cleaned jewelry, you might just feel like a million bucks.
Price at time of publish: $9
Type: Liquid | Amount: 6 fluid ounces | Dimensions: 2.88 x 2.88 x 3.56 inches | Weight: 7.3 ounces | Uses: Gold, platinum, titanium, diamonds, and precious stones
Brilliant Jewelry Cleaner
Creates a brilliant shine
Brush and tray included
May need scrubbing to activate cleansers
Polish cloth sold separately
Brilliant’s liquid jewelry cleaner is appropriately named, because it really does bring a brilliant shine to gold, platinum, and non-porous gems, such as diamonds and sapphires. It also doesn't contain harsh bleach or ammonia, so it’s safe on many types of jewelry—without irritating your skin.
That means it may take more scrubbing to eliminate built-up grime and older dirt. For less than $10, the kit includes a tray for jewelry to sit in the solution for up to three minutes and a small brush to get into all the nooks and crannies. The brush even fits into a slot in the tray for easy storage when you’re done cleaning. For the best sparkle, Brilliant recommends using a soft polishing cloth after rinsing, which you’ll need to purchase separately.
Price at time of publish: $7
Type: Liquid | Amount: 8 fluid ounces | Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches | Weight: 8 ounces | Uses: Gold, platinum, and non-porous gems
Magnasonic Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner
Works on lots of different jewelry
Doesn’t use chemicals
Timer and auto shut off
Won't remove tarnish
Not safe for porous finishes
The fancy Magnasonic Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner surprisingly uses plain old tap water and 42,000 Hz ultrasonic sound waves to get dirt and grime off of everything from diamond and gold wedding sets to eyeglasses. Because it doesn’t use chemicals, it’s safe for all types of jewelry. As our tester explains, "While this handy machine can clean all your jewelry (and coins, and flatware, and even dentures, razors, and toothbrushes), the brand advises users to allow 10 minutes in between rounds to preserve the life of the device. With that said, you can easily clean multiple items at once."
Bonus: You can also set the cleaner on a timer based on the type of jewelry and soil level. Choose between 90, 180, 280, 380, and 480 seconds. It automatically shuts off when it’s done and cleans without you having to stand by and monitor. You can even place your jewelry in a basket so tiny pieces, like an earring stud or a small necklace charm, can be cleaned without worry. One note: this machine does take up more space than most liquid cleaning solutions, so be prepared to make room for jewelry cleaning storage.
Price at time of publish: $40
Type: Machine | Amount: 20 ounces | Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 5.4 inches | Weight: 2.2 pounds | Uses: Gold, Silver, Platinum, Non-porous stones, Glass, Metal
Steamfast SF-1000 JULE Steam Jewelry Cleaner
Heats up quickly
LED light to inspect pieces after cleaning
Not safe for all jewelry
Another chemical-free option is the steam jewelry cleaner from Steamfast. It uses 58 psi pressurized steam to lift dirt and grime right off of your jewelry. It’s safe for precious metals and many stones, including diamonds and sapphires. Steamfast also includes a helpful guide that lists 24 stones and answers whether or not they can be cleaned using steam.
If you're bursting in bling, know that the machine holds up to 12 ounces of water and can provide 15 minutes of continuous steam. You can also opt for burst mode. The steam only takes four minutes to heat up, which is indicated by a ready light on the top of the unit. We also really love the added LED light near the basket so that you can do a thorough inspection after cleaning. While it's no doubt a pricey machine, you better bet it’s well worth it. You’ll actually be able to see the sparkling results!
Price at time of publish: $80
Type: Machine | Amount: 12 fluid ounces | Dimensions: 5.8 x 9 x 10 inches | Weight: 4 pounds | Uses: Metals, Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies
Connoisseurs New Premium Edition Fine Jewelry Cleaner Solution
Works on porous stones and delicate surfaces
Built-in tray and brush
Not as effective on non-porous stones
Silver cleaning requires a separate purchase
This liquid cleaner from Connoisseurs only takes 30 seconds to get to work on everything from gold and silver to diamonds and pearls. It’s one of the few options that's gentle enough for porous stones, such as pearls and opals. To use it, all you have to do is put your jewelry in the tray, and dip it into the solution. It comes with a brush to swiftly clean intricate designs and crevices. Just rinse your necklaces, bracelets, and rings, and enjoy the sparkle!
Still, it isn’t the most effective on non-porous stones or silver. If you want something that’ll work on these harder surfaces, look for the brand's Fine Jewelry Cleaner and Silver Jewelry Cleaner. While that does mean you’ll have to purchase multiple products, it helps to have something formulated for your specific jewelry needs.
Price at time of publish: $8
Type: Liquid | Amount: 9.6 fluid ounces | Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Uses: Metal, precious stones, and porous stones
Connoisseurs Jewelry Wipes
Works on a variety of jewelry
Keeps silver jewelry from tarnishing
Single use only
It should come at no surprise that the effective liquid solution from Connoisseurs also makes great jewelry-cleaning wipes. These are dry wipes that won’t spill or make a mess when you’re on the go, but they clean and polish everything from gold and silver to gemstones. They also leave a non-tarnish protective layer on silver that will help it hold up over time.
Each wipe can only be used once so these do get expensive for routine cleaning. They’re a better option for spot cleaning rather than regular maintenance cleaning. They're also the perfect portable size for sticking one in your purse. You know, when you need to clean your sparkles on the go if, say, you're jet-setting off for a weekend in Paris or Tokyo. But if you find that your jewelry works well with these wipes, liquid Connoisseurs is probably a better bet for less-expensive cleaning needs at home.
Price at time of publish: $9
Type: Wipes | Amount: 25 | Dimensions: 4.21 x 3.19 x 1.61 inches | Weight: 3.2 ounces | Uses: Metal, gemstones
Best Polishing Cloths
Simple Shine Set of 3 Premium Jewelry Cleaning Cloths
Two sides for cleaning and polishing
Available as a set of three
Works on a variety of surfaces
Unable to reuse and launder cloths
Not pliable enough to get into nooks and crannies
These two-sided cloths from Simple Shine are good for cleaning and polishing. Use the inner side to clean and remove dirt and tarnish from your jewelry. They’re treated with a cleaning solution that’s safe for silver, gold, copper, and many other surfaces. You can use the gray layer to buff your piece and make it super shiny. But if your piece has a lot of intricate designs, it might be difficult to get into every nook and cranny when cleaning and polishing.
Each cloth is 4 inches by 6 inches and comes sealed in its own package. That helps preserve their use and effectiveness. Just keep in mind that you won't be able to wash the polishing cloths, so if they do get dirty, you’ll need to replace the cloth entirely. Fortunately, this set comes with three cloths so you'll have a couple to spare.
Price at time of publish: $20
Type: Cloth | Amount: 3 | Dimensions: 4 x 6 inches | Weight: 1.45 ounces | Uses: All metals
Best for Diamonds
Connoisseurs Dazzle Quick Jewelry Cleansing Gel
Gets into small spaces
Safe for pearls
Can be used on all gemstones and metals
Comes with a brush
To get your diamonds extra sparkly, the Connoisseurs Dazzle cleaning gel is remarkably effective. You can put it exactly where you need to clean with the included brush. The formula is gentle enough for pearls and soft metals while still giving a dazzling clean. The brush makes it ideal for jewelry settings with small spaces, like engagement rings and pave bands.
You’ll need to rinse your jewelry after cleaning and before wearing it. The gel isn’t liquid enough to be used as a soak, but luckily it comes with a small brush to get into tiny areas. You might feel totally satisfied scrubbing, and find that a gel-based cleaner is less messy overall.
Price at time of publish: $10
Type: Gel | Amount: 5 fluid ounces | Dimensions: 1.13 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches | Weight: 6.72 ounces | Uses: Precious metals, gemstones, and pearls
Best for Silver
Weiman Jewelry Polish Cleaner and Tarnish Remover Wipes
Cleans and removes tarnish
Protects against future tarnish
Gentle enough for pearls
Not great for large items
Not all cleaning solutions work on tarnished silver, which is why Weiman Silver Wipes are essential when it comes to cleaning and polishing silver jewelry. They’re safe to use on silver settings that have gemstones. You can also use them on silverware and any other silver-made items. Plus, we love how the wipes leave a protective coating that keeps tarnish from forming in the future.
Just know that these wipes are easy to use but expensive. They come in a resealable container, and each wipe is only for single use. They also don’t cover large areas, so we recommend a different cleaning method for larger silver items, such as Grandma's serving trays and silver decor, but for tiny jewelry, they’re ideal and easy to use.
Price at time of publish: $9
Type: Wipes | Amount: 20 | Dimensions: 3.2 x 3.2 x 4 inches | Weight: 6.88 ounces | Uses: Silver, gold, gemstones, and pearls
Our top pick is Weiman Liquid Jewelry Cleaner for your jewelry needs. Not only is it effective on most types of jewelry, but it also requires minimal scrubbing and is very affordable. Plus, it includes a tray inside the container so you can even clean delicate chains. For an even more budget-friendly option, consider Brilliant Jewelry Cleaner, which comes with a helpful scrubbing brush. Best of all, it doesn’t contain harsh bleach or ammonia, so it’s safe for many types of jewelry and won’t cause skin irritation.
What to Look for in a Jewelry Cleaner
Liquid jewelry cleaners are a good balance of affordability and effectiveness. Most use chemicals, such as ammonia, to lift dirt and grime off of jewelry pieces. You can also use a tiny brush, which may be included, to get into small designs and crevices in your pieces. The chemicals, however, may mean that these liquid cleaners are not safe for all stones and can irritate your skin.
Wipes are great for on-the-go cleaning, but they are pricey per use and contain the same chemical cleaning agents as liquid cleaners. Ultrasonic and steam machine cleaners are chemical-free but also cost a pretty penny. They can be used with a wider range of jewelry, yet have limits when it comes to sparkly gemstones.
Ammonia is a common cleaning agent in jewelry cleaning solutions. It is good for lifting dirt and grime but will not always remove tarnish from silver jewelry. It can also be too harsh for some stones. Pearls, amber, opals, and other porous stones should get special care when cleaning, because harsh chemicals can damage them. Steam and ultrasonic sound waves are two chemical-free ways to clean your jewelry.
“Keep your jewelry away from harsh chemicals like bleach!” explains Laura Elizabeth, a jewelry designer. The best jewelry cleaners use mild ingredients that are safe for your pieces. That’s why we love Brilliant Jewelry Cleaner, which is ammonia-free. It’s safe for all kinds of jewelry, and it won’t irritate your skin.
Every jewelry cleaner includes a recommended use list that details which materials are compatible and safe to treat with it. You should also consider the size of your pieces, especially if your jewelry cleaner solution uses a tray to keep the pieces in place. Delicate chains and small earrings may slip through larger slots.
Storing fine jewelry correctly can keep it from getting dirty in the first place. It’s especially important to store silver pieces with care, because they can get tarnished easily. Pearls and other porous stones are also fragile and require special care.
How do you clean jewelry to make to sparkle?
It's important to follow the instructions on your jewelry cleaner. The directions almost always explain how to submerge the piece in a cleaning solution or put it into a machine that uses sound waves or steam. You can use a small brush to clean intricate designs, although you should look for a soft-bristled brush made specifically for jewelry cleaning. After cleaning, rinse your piece and enjoy the sparkle!
While nothing beats using a jewelry cleaner, Elizabeth also recommends a three-step DIY process to clean your silver jewelry and remove tarnish. “Add a few drops of liquid dish soap like Dawn to warm water. Mix until bubbles form. Soak jewelry in the solution for anywhere from five to ten minutes,” she says. Depending on your cleaner, you may need to shorten the soaking time.
“Use a soft bristle brush, such as a toothbrush, to clean any crevices,” she suggests. “Rinse jewelry in warm water. Dry by gently patting with a microfiber towel. Do not use paper towels; they are too rough.”
Can you wash a jewelry cleaning cloth?
Jewelry cleaning cloths have polishes embedded in the cloth that make it effective to clean and polish jewelry. Washing these items removes the polish. For some brands, you can continue to use a jewelry cleaning cloth multiple times. Once you see that it no longer shines and polishes your pieces, it’s time to replace rather than launder. If your polishing cloth gets dirty, you’ll need to replace it.
How do you make homemade jewelry cleaner?
Baking soda is an effective cleaning agent to remove tarnish and dirt from silver jewelry. To clean it in a DIY manner, line a baking dish with foil, and fill it with water. Add baking soda and your silver jewelry, and then watch the bubbling action lift up any dirt and remove tarnish. You can follow up with a polishing cloth for the best shine and sparkle. Just be careful when using baking soda on gemstones and softer metals. It’s best to use a cleaning solution designed for your specific material if you aren’t sure.
Why Trust The Spruce?
This article was researched and written by Katie Melynn, a freelance writer who specializes in home and family products. Katie has been writing for The Spruce since 2019.
When making this list, Katie considered the best cleaners for each type of jewelry, precious metal, and stone. She also talked to Laura Elizabeth, owner and designer of the luxury jewelry line Laura Elizabeth Jewelry, which focuses on sustainable materials, ethical production, and elegant style.