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Chances are you’ve probably left some of your favorite jewelry in drawers and boxes because they’ve lost their beautiful glimmer. Keeping jewelry looking shiny and new is a never-ending battle. Plus, some accessories just seem to attract dirt. Not many people can constantly rely on a professional cleaning job, so you settle for the next best thing: doing it yourself. Thankfully, you can get some amazing results using materials you can find around your house.

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1. What you can clean

While you can clean most pieces of jewelry at home, some accessories are too delicate because of their metal or gemstones. Gold and sterling silver are generally fairly tough and can handle the rougher cleanings non-professionals give them. Metals like platinum scratch more easily and probably require professional cleaning. However, if you don’t mind your more sensitive pieces having a matte look, you can attempt to clean them yourself.

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