Platinum Jewelry: How to Clean Your Favorite Necklace

Platinum jewelry is by far one of the stronger kinds of jewelery. Platinum is way more durable than many of the other metals. This is why platinum is a popular choice as a setting for diamonds and other gem stones. A platinum necklace is delicate and should be handled with the best of care. Like other platinum jewelry, the necklace needs to be well kept and maintained. It is not advisable to sleep in any necklace, platinum or not.   

Many times people do not like to take off their necklaces. Sleeping in it could cause it to tangle or worse, it could pop. It is not wise to even take a shower or bath in your platinum necklace because of the soaps and oils that could make your necklace look dull or lose its sparkle. Grime, dirt and hair could also entangle in your necklace. Cleaning your platinum necklace every month or so will help it to maintain its fine appearance and help it to last a long time.  Outlined below are the steps on how to keep your platinum necklace clean.

Things Needed for the Job

  • A Corning Ware Dish
  • Ammonia
  • Water
  • Soft Cloth or Soft Bristled Toothbrush
  • Pre-Packaged Jewelry Cleaner (an optional cleaning method)

Step 1 – Making the Cleaning Solution

Bring to a boil approximately 2 cups of water in a corning ware dish. Once the water starts to boil, add 2 teaspoons of ammonia and lower the heat to a simmer. 

Step 2 – Putting the Platinum Necklace in the Cleaning Solution

Place the necklace in the simmering solution for about 5 minutes. This mixture of cleaner should not be used on other jewelry besides platinum because it is too harsh of a mixture, and will it damage other jewelry types. If there are scratches you are trying to clean or hide, have a professional jeweler polish it and inspect it every 6 months.   

Step 3 – Removing and Cooling the Necklace

Use tongs to remove the necklace from the solution, lay it straight on a towel, and allow it to cool off completely.

Step 4 – Cleaning the Necklace

Using a toothbrush, make gentle brush strokes along the necklace and place it back in the water for about 5 more minutes. Since platinum tends to be a little more durable and stronger, you don’t have to worry about the necklace possibly breaking so easily. You can use a soft cloth to clean along its length. Take the necklace out of the water, and carefully rinse it with clean water.

Step 5 – Cleaning with a Prepackaged Liquid or Cloth Solution

If you would rather use a prepackaged liquid cleaner, dab a cloth in the cleaner and wipe the necklace with the cloth. Do not place the platinum necklace in the prepackaged solution. For a jewelry cleaning wipe, follow the packaged instructions to clean the necklace. Once the necklace is cleaned, store it in a safe place.