Common and Uncommon Diamond Jewelry Cleaning Tips

I was looking at different ways to clean diamonds and jewelry, and if you glance online, you'll see a few do-it-yourself methods, but then there are others I just have to try for myself. I'll list the ones I've found:

1) Ammonia and Baking Soda
I've combined these two methods because they are the most common at-home solutions used to clean and shine jewelry. With ammonia you make solution of with warm water and let jewelry soak for about 10 minutes. With baking soda, you make a mixture with water, and using a sponge, buffer the metal to a shine.

2) Aluminum Foil
I've heard about this one before from clients. Line a bowl with aluminum foil, fill it with a powdered-detergent and warm water solution, and let your jewelry soak in there for about a minute. Apparently the ion exchange allowed by the aluminum foil helps remove tarnish and gunk.

3) Club Soda
A simple trick I didn't know about used to clean gemstones. Submerge and it should brighten them back up.

4) Toothpaste
Similar idea as the baking-soda mixture.

5) Window Cleaner
Might seem like a no-brainer--if it shines up glass then it should do the same for gems and metals. Spray on and wipe off.

6) Vinegar
I heard that this is a great way to clean strictly silverware.

Starts to get weirder from here...

7) Denture Tablets 
May not be the most effective, but the cleaning properties to remove simple stains may work well enough.

8) Alka-Seltzer
I am going to guess that the alkaline in the Alka-Seltzer helps clean the diamond jewelry. Soak it in a glass of Alka-Seltzer for a few minutes. Simple enough...

9) Beer
This one brings the golden shine back in gold jewelry. The article says not to use dark beer. Is the beer staining the gold then?

10) Vodka
A classy way to shine up your gemstones, but a clear alcohol works to wipe away grime.

11) Ketchup
This one... seems a bit too strange. Spread some ketchup on a toothbrush to scrub the tarnish off of silver.

Which of these have you tried or are willing to try?

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