1. Use the polishing cloth on any shiny area (especially the back of jewelry), avoid any satin-finished or engraved texture.

2. A method, originally used to clean silverware, works quite well: Use a disposable aluminum pan or line a casserole dish with aluminum foil (shiny side up). Lay jewelry in, cover with a generous layer of baking soda. Bring a kettle of water to a full boil and gently pour the water into the bottom of the pan ( not directly on the stones), just enough to cover the pieces. This will bubble up a lot. Let sit for 10-15 minutes until cooled. Then use a soft toothbrush to loosen up any remaining baking soda. Rinse well and dry. This can be done several times, as needed.

3. Occasionally, jewelry can be “dipped” (for a few seconds) in any silver cleaner. For a quick cleaning use a soft toothbrush with baking soda and a little water. Rinse well. Always follow any chemical dip with a baking soda then rinse.