By Jolene Wipf

It only takes up to 20 minutes to keep your cubic zirconia jewelry shining like real diamonds. Since special skills or products aren't needed, household items and a few minutes of your time can make your imitation diamonds shine like the real thing.

Make your imitation diamonds shine like the real thing.

Keeping Your Jewelry Shiny

Step 1

Pour eight ounces of hot water in a bowl.

Step 2

Add one squirt of dishwashing detergent. Mix well.

Step 3

Add jewelry to soapy mixture. Let soak for five to 10 minutes.

Step 4

Remove jewelry and brush with a soft bristle brush. An old toothbrush or jewelry cleaning brush can also be used.

Step 5

Rinse the jewelry in warm water to remove soapy residue.

Step 6

Wipe the jewelry dry with a cotton cloth.

Step 7

Polish jewelry with a flannel cloth, using a back and forth motion. Circular motions can scratch the surface of your jewelry. A jewelry polishing cloth can be used as well.

Step 8

Place each piece of jewelry in its own plastic bag and store in a jewelry box to help pieces keep natural shine. Storing jewelry separately in plastic bags prevents pieces from rubbing and scratching one another.