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After a while, jewelry begins to look tarnished. It collects dirt and oils from our bodies and the environment and this dirt begins to destroy the brilliance of the piece. There is no need to get rid of your old jewelry; an old piece of jewelry can look new with just a little elbow grease. There are many items around the house that can be used to bring back shine to your jewelry pieces.

Clean diamond and platinum jewelry. Fill a bowl with 1 cup of warm water and 1/4 cup of ammonia or white vinegar. Allow it to soak for 20 minutes. Allow the jewelry to air dry on a soft cloth.

Brighten gold jewelry. Mix 2 cups of warm water with three drops of dishwashing liquid in a cup or bowl. Allow it to soak for 15 minutes. Remove the jewelry and scrub the dirt, oil and sediment off with a toothbrush or other soft-bristle brush. Rinse the jewelry with warm water and dry it with a soft cloth. If the gold is still not clean, pour some beer, not dark ale, on a rag and rub the jewelry.

Rub pearls with a soft, white cloth. Don't soak pearls because soaking will cause the string to stretch. Dip a soft-bristle brush into a solution of 2 cups of warm water mixed with three drops of diswashing soap and gently scrub dirt from the pearls. Allow the pearls to air dry.

Drop rubies, emeralds and other colored stones in a glass or bowl of club soda. Allow them to soak overnight. Then remove and dry with a soft towel.

Pour silver polish on a cloth and rub silver jewelry. A silver-cleaning paste can be used to get into crevices in the silver jewelry. Wipe clean with a soft cloth.

Remove dirt from a stone with baking soda. Mix 1/4 cup baking soda with 2 tbsp. water until a paste is formed. Rub the baking soda on and around the stone to remove any debris.

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Si Kingston

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.