Cubic zirconia (or CZ) jewelry can sparkle like jewelry with proper care. Even though you must be careful when cleaning gemstones, it’s easy to clean your cubic zirconia jewelry. With just a couple of minutes of work, your jewelry will be dazzling and bright and ready to wear to events.

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Polish with a cloth. Use a cotton or flannel cloth to wipe your jewelry clean. A special jewelry polishing cloth would be perfect. Using straight, back and forth strokes, polish your jewelry and remove any surface dirt and dust. Do not rub in circular motions; that can scratch the surface of your jewelry.

Use a cleaning solution to remove grime and dirt. Just like a diamond, a cubic zirconia can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap. Use a soft, cosmetic applicator to reach crevices. However, if you wish, you can use a trusted jewelry cleaner to remove any dirt and dust from your zircon.

Steam your CZ jewelry. Using a tea kettle, or any other method that produces steam, hold your jewelry directly over the steam stream. You should wear gloves and use tongs or needle-nose pliers to avoid burns. Once steamed, use your polishing cloth to dry your jewelry.

Clean your jewelry with an ultrasonic cleaner. These units are inexpensive and nice to have if you own a lot of CZ jewelry. However, most jewelry stores will clean your jewelry for you free or a slight fee.

Store your jewelry in an airtight, sealable plastic bag. If this is not possible, store your jewelry in a lined jewelry box, away from the outside air.