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5 Cheap Tools for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Jewelry

If you live and love Southwest jewelry like we do, then you probably want to care for your pieces so they can last for years to come.

That’s why the team at Southwest Jewelry Designs has come together to tell you about a few products we simply can’t do without. They help us clean, maintain, and store our jewelry pieces to optimize the amount of time you have with a jewelry piece that looks new, even if you’d had it for years, all on the cheap!

Take a look at what we have for you.

Tools to Keep Your Jewelry Shinning like New

First on our list is Tarn-X Tarnish Remover. This stuff is for your silver pieces that have lost their special glow. It works great, just rub a little on the area that needs some love and work it in with a soft cloth. What we especially love about this brand is the price and availability. You can pick up a bottle for about 5 dollars at any Walmart or Walgreens location. Be sure to follow the instructions on the back and only use it on the recommended materials.

If you don’t want the mess of a liquid or gel cleaner, Super Buff Cloth will help you clean up any precious metal and precious/semi-precious stone. With this stuff, all you need to do is rub the cloth along the surface of your jewelry and you’ll be amazed at what this piece can achieve.

Now, you might laugh at this next item, but you can’t get anywhere without a good old-fashioned Q-Tip. With more complicated jewelry pieces that consist of more than just one stone or metal-type, you can’t use the same cleaner on all of them. What makes silver shine might ruin a turquoise stone. Having some cotton swabs to apply your cleaner directly on the intended stone or metal can make all the difference.

Zip-Lock Bags are another tool you’d never think to use. For those looking to save a few bucks on jewelry storage, you can use plastic baggies to keep your jewelry looking beautiful and fresh, much like the food in your refrigerator. Find a bag of an appropriate size, get as much air out as you can, and store it in a dry, dark place at room temperature.

Finally, and we can’ emphasize this enough; you need some needle-nose pliers. From straitening your bent post earrings to carefully removing a cracked bead on your necklace, this is truly the Swiss Army Knife of jewelry repair and maintenance.


There you have it; you can fix, maintain, and clean your jewelry with a very cheap trip to Walmart or a quick stop at

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