How to Restore Tarnished Jewellery

Time to shine bright like a diamond

Jewellery tarnishing is inevitable. No thanks to the pollution around us, accessories may corrode and discolour into a pale yellow, brown or even grey or black. Here are a few do-it-yourself (DIY) ways to give your trinkets their original shimmer:


Silver jewellery may oxidise and discolour. Tackle that in just five steps:

  1. Line a glass bowl with aluminium foil.
  2. Coat the silver pieces with a generous amount of baking soda. 
  3. Boil some water and pour it over the pieces, enough to create a paste-like consistency. 
  4. Use a paintbrush or soft toothbrush to gently scrub away the dirt and oxides.
  5. Rinse with hot water and dry them with a soft cloth.


Pearls are a different story altogether. Since they’re hassle-free to clean, all that’s required is a soft cloth. However, if you prefer adding water, you can:

  1. Gently wipe the pearls with a damp cloth. 
  2. Remove excess water with a dry cloth or air dry for 30 minutes.

Diamonds & Gold

Valuable diamonds and gold are resilient but susceptible to discolouration. Separate your diamond and gold jewellery and restore them in three simple steps:

  1. Soak your diamond or gold baubles in some gentle dish soap and water for 30 minutes.
  2. Use a soft toothbrush to brush them gently. 
  3. Rinse and leave them out to air dry or use a lint-free cloth. 

You could also substitute your cleaning agents with:

  • Silver polish.
  • Laundry detergent.
  • Ketchup.
  • Toothpaste.
  • Saltwater.
  • Hand sanitiser.
  • Lemon water.
  • Contact lens solution.
  • Rubbing alcohol.

Nevertheless, it’s best to research what works best for your gems. Wipe down your jewellery after each wear and store it in a cool, dry location to prevent further corrosion.

Sources: Healthline, Insider, Cosmopolitan