Back in the 1960s, I had a friend who made over $200,000 a year from his lumber mill. Once, he chuckled and told me, “No matter how much money you make, you can’t afford everything you want.”

It’s true. Everyone has a budget. No matter how large or small it may be, everyone wants to make their money go as far as possible.

Below, you’ll find two of my favorite money-saving ways to clean jewelry: one for gemstone jewelry and another for silver.

Jewelry Cleaning Solution

Although ultrasonic cleaning is the fastest way to clean jewelry, it will, unfortunately, break some gemstones. While the cleaning itself goes very quickly, a thorough inspection of gemstone jewelry before using an ultrasonic system takes time. (Gems with microscopic fractures, and some entire species of gems, should never receive ultrasonic cleaning). As a result, some busy jewelry stores skip the inspections and just accept that they’ll replace some gems. Both choices prove costly.

However, you can take advantage of one of the ultrasonic system’s tricks without subjecting your gems to potentially damaging vibrations. It’s not just sonic waves that shake the grime loose, it’s also the cleaning solution. Although these systems may come…