Using Soap and Water

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1. Fill two small bowls with warm water.
One of the bowls will be used for washing the jewelry, while the other one will be used for rinsing it. Make sure that the bowls you are using are large enough to completely submerge the jewelry.
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2. Add 2 to 3 drops of mild dish soap into the first bowl.[1]
If your jewelry is particularly dirty, look for a dish soap that is labeled for fighting grease.
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3. Dip the corner of a soft, non-abrasive, lint-free cloth into the soapy water.
This is a must for cleaning jewelry, especially if it has any gemstones, as it will prevent scratches.[2] Try to use a microfiber cloth; it is soft, non-abrasive, and lint-free.
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4. Rub the cloth along the jewelry.
Be sure to go along the grain, not across it.[3] If you rub across the grain lines, you risk scratching your jewelry.
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5. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to scrub any grime from detailed areas.
Again, go with the grain, not across it. Also, be sure to use gentle pressure, and not to scrub too hard. Avoid scrubbing any gemstones, however, or you will risk scratching them.Image titled Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry Step 6
6. Dip your jewelry in the second bowl of water to rinse it.
Gently bob the jewelry up and down to get rid of any soap residue. If necessary, pour the dirty water out, and replace it with fresh water. Keep rinsing the jewelry until there is no soap residue left.Image titled Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry Step 7
7. Use a dry cloth to wipe away the water.[4]
Try to get as much of the water off first as possible. If you leave any water behind, you might get some water spots.
  • If your jewelry has a lot of details in it, wrap it up in the cloth and wait a few minutes. This will give the cloth some time to soak up the excess water.
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8. Polish the jewelry, if necessary, with jewelry polish or polishing cloth.
Make sure that the polish you are using is labeled safe for stainless steel. Do not use silver polish, as it will stain your jewelry. When polishing the jewelry, make sure that you are going with the grain, and not across it.
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9.Finished.

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1. In a small bowl, combine 2 parts baking soda and 1 part water to make a paste.

How much you use will depend on how big the piece you are trying to clean is. Most jewelry pieces will require 1 tablespoon (15 grams) of baking soda, and ½ tablespoon (7.5 milliliters) of water.[5]

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2. Dip a soft-bristled toothbrush into the mixture.
Aim to get just the tips of the bristles covered. You won’t need a lot of the mixture to start cleaning. The toothbrush must have soft bristles, however, or you will risk scratching your jewelry. Toothbrushes meant for babies typically have the softest bristles.Image titled Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry Step 12
3. Gently scrub your jewelry with the toothbrush.
Try to go with the grain, and try not to press too hard. If you go across the grain or scrub too hard, you might scratch the jewelry. Focus on the cracks and crevices, and take care to avoid any set gemstones.Image titled Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry Step 13
4. Plug the sink, then rinse the jewelry using warm water.
You can also fill a bowl with warm water, and dip the jewelry in it until the baking soda comes off.
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5. Gently pat the jewelry dry with a soft towel.
If your pieces has a lot of crevices in it, such as a brooch or a necklace chain, wrap it up in the towel and let it sit for a few minutes. The towel will soak up any excess water.[6]Image titled Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry Step 15
6. Polish the jewelry, if needed, with jewelry polish or polishing cloth.
Use polish that is labeled safe for stainless steel. Do not use silver polish, as it will stain your jewelry. When polishing the jewelry, make sure to go with the grain, and not across it.Image titled Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry Step 16
7. Finished.
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Using Toothpaste

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1. Choose a plain, white toothpaste without silica.[7]

Avoid using gel toothpaste, as it lacks that special cleaning powder that regular white toothpaste has. Also, make sure that the toothpaste does not contain any silica, or you will risk scratching your jewelry.Image titled Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry Step 18

2. Dampen the corner of a soft cloth with warm water.

Squeeze out any excess water. You want the cloth to be damp, and not soaking wet. Try to use a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth, such as microfiber.

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3. Squeeze out a small amount of toothpaste onto the cloth.

You do not need a lot—less than a pea-sized amount will be more than enough. You can always apply more toothpaste later.

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4. Gently run the cloth across the surface of the jewelry.

Be sure to go with the grain, and not across it. If you rub the cloth across the grain, you will risk scratching it. Also, take care to avoid any gemstones set into your jewelry; many gemstones are very soft and can be easily scratched by toothpaste.Image titled Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry Step 21

5. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to reach detailed, intricate areas.

Run the bristles under warm water, and apply more toothpaste if necessary. Gently scrub the toothpaste across the surface of the jewelry. Make sure that you are going with the grain, and not against it.[8] Take care to avoid touching any gemstones.

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6. Plug the sink, and rinse the jewelry off with warm water.

If needed, rinse the toothbrush with water, then use it to clean out any residual toothpaste out of nooks and crannies.[9]Image titled Clean Stainless Steel Jewelry Step 23

7. Gently pat the jewelry dry with a soft cloth.

This will prevent any water spots.[10] If your jewelry has a lot of details in it, such as a brooch or necklace chain, gently wrap it up in the cloth and wait a few minutes before unwrapping it. This will give the soft cloth time to soak up any excess water.

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8. Polish your stainless steel jewelry, if needed, with jewelry polish or polishing cloth.

Make sure that the polish you use is labeled safe for stainless steel. Do not use silver polish, as it will leave stains. When polishing the jewelry, be sure to go with the grain, and not across it.

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9. Finished.


Selecting Items to Display

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1.Pick signature pieces.
Don’t cram too many pieces onto one display. The jewelry is not a part of the display; it is the display. Be careful not to divert the attention away from the signature pieces with too much clutter. Each piece of jewelry should get the attention it deserves.[1]
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2. Choose your jewelry depending on the situation.
If you are selling jewelry to teenagers, you might want to display a lot of jewelry in many options or colors. However, if you are displaying jewelry in a formal setting, you might want to only lay out a few elegant pieces. If your jewelry display is for yourself at home, you can display whatever you would like (your favorite pieces or all the ones you own).[2]
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3. Group pieces into sets.
Select pieces that go together when choosing the items to display. Put together pieces of jewelry that can be worn together. This might make customers potentially buy more than one piece if they see it as a set. Put pieces together that are of similar type, such as similar sized watches.
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4. Separate jewelry by quality.
You might want to separate any expensive jewelry from any bargain pieces. Consider displaying elegant jewelry in a formal style and less traditional pieces in a more unique, crafty, DIY style.
  • You may also want to separate vintage pieces from recently acquired pieces.

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5. Use a purchased or DIY display.
You can purchase many types of display items in many colors for your jewelry online. You can buy busts for your necklaces, bracelet displays, earring hangers, ring stands, and many other pieces to show your jewelry off in an elegant way. You can also use household items to create your display for a unique look.[3]
  • You can purchase different colored covers for your displays. This allows you to easily change the display color with the season or for the piece of jewelry.[4]

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1. Choose the appropriate jewelry for each display.
Don’t hang a small necklace on a large bust or small earrings on a tall earring stand because it draws attention away from the jewelry. Match the sizes of the display pieces with the sizes of the jewelry pieces. [5]
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2. Choose a simple background for your jewelry.
The cloth on the table under the jewelry and the color of the display items should bring your jewelry out. Create contrast between the jewelry pieces and their background. Don’t camouflage your jewelry with similar colored backgrounds.
  • Diamonds, crystals, and other clear gemstones look best presented on a plain, dark background.
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3. Strike a balance.
You don’t want to have all white jewelry display pieces then have one thing that is a bright color. Make sure everything matches and flows well. Also make sure to keep the height balanced. Don’t have all tall displays on one side and all short displays on the other side. [6]
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4. Add elevation to your display.
Use tall block display pieces to create elevation in your display. By creating different levels within your display, you are adding a sense of motion and avoiding a monotonous display. You can highlight your best items by placing them on higher platforms. [7]
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5. Add light to your display.
Your jewelry will sparkle if you add light to your displays. You can place your display under a pendant or specialty light. These options can be installed to hang directly over a display. This will give your overall jewelry presentation a dramatic effect. [8]

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1. Use a picture frame for necklaces and earrings.
Take the glass out of the picture frame and replace it with lace, cork, chicken wire, mesh, or peg board. You can use the holes in the material or tacks on the cork to hang necklaces and earrings. Hang the picture frame on your wall or lean it against something on a table. [9]
  • If you want, you can paint the picture frame first.
  • Glue wallpaper over the cork or leave it exposed.
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2. Put your jewelry in tea cups and saucers.
You can use tea cups and saucers as elegant jewelry displays. Place rings and bracelets inside the cups and hang earrings off of the sides or off of the handles. Get mismatched cups or use a tea set for your display. [10]Image titled Display Jewelry Step 13
3. Create a display with unique knobs.
Hang different types of door or cabinet knobs in a row on a piece of wood or directly on the wall. Have your large necklaces hang from the knobs. You can use different knobs or they can all look the same. [11] You can find unique knobs at vintage or antique stores and at home stores. A great place to get knobs is the clothing store Anthropologie.Image titled Display Jewelry Step 14
4. Use bowls and trays.
Get colorful or decorative bowls and trays to display your bracelets. You can lay the bracelets out on the tray or stack them in the bowls. Alternatively, using clear glass bowls will allow you to see what jewelry is inside of the bowl and is elegant. [12]
  • Put trays on small stands to add elevation to your display. [13]
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5. Use old kitchen supplies for your jewelry.
Use a ceramic egg crate to display your rings. The tiny indents for the eggs are perfect for holding rings. The white ceramic makes rings stand out. Old muffin or cupcake trays work great for bracelets and brooches. Leave the exposed metal or spray paint the tray to match the flow of your display. [14]
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6. Use books for elevation.
Create elevation to your display by using hardcover books. You can stack the books and place your jewelry display pieces on top of them to make your display have more variety. Use old vintage books or new books with colorful and unique backs. [15]

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