Worthwhile Gadget: Ultrasonic Jewelry Cleaner

For Chanukah this year, my wife requested an automatic jewelry cleaner. Not only did I get to skip buying her jewelry, but she wanted a cleaning device! This was practically a present to myself.

Shopping was a breeze – I bought the most popular ultrasonic cleaner on Amazon, along with a bottle of jewelry cleaning solution. This was an eminently affordable gadget; its price had been slashed from $100 to $30.

So it was cheap. But did it work? Last weekend my wife and I spent a very enjoyable afternoon cleaning her jewelry. The cleaner will damage soft stones and pearls, but it’s good for just about anything else (including retainers!). The stainless steel cleaning tray vibrates very fast to shake loose dirt.

My wife and I have been together for 12 years and I’ve given her a lot of jewelry over that time. The first thing we cleaned was the first piece of jewelry I ever gave her – a sterling silver bracelet. She had worn it every day for more than five years. It had gotten badly tarnished and there was crud in between the links. See all of those black specks in the photo? That’s gunk that came off the bracelet. After two 3-minute sessions in the cleaner, the bracelet was essentially good as new.

We cleaned the rest of her metal jewelry (she has a lot from one particular store) and finished with her engagement and wedding rings. The transformation was remarkable, as you can see from the top photo. Old, badly tarnished pieces that she had stopped wearing because they didn’t shine looked new again.  This was a satisfying and rewarding project that was especially fun to do together. Looking at the pieces I was reminded of the nervous college kid buying jewelry for his girlfriend.

If you watch closely, you can see the water turn murky as the dirt shakes off the jewelry. A quick before-and-after water comparison shows just how dirty my wife’s jewelry was.

This has to be the most “worthwhile” gadget I’ve written about. It’s affordable. It works well. It revives favorite jewelry pieces, eliminating the need to buy more jewelry. What more can you ask for?

  • Jen

    Cool! It sounds easier than polishing with silver polish or a treated cloth.

  • randeegf

    You’ve inspired me to get out my (probably outdated) ultrasonic cleaner and give it a go!

  • Anonymous

    Well, isn’t that sweet.  It’s hard to go wrong with that one particular store 😉

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