How to Remove Wax from Jewelry


Sherri asked: How do I remove wax from jewelry? A candle tipped over on my nightstand and into my jewelry box. I was able to remove the was from all of the surfaces, but it solidified on one of my necklaces. Is there any way to remove it?

Wax on jewelry can be a bit tricky because of all the tiny spaces. Try these removal techniques to get rid of the wax for good.

You Will Need:

  • Warm/hot water
  • Old toothbrush
  • Soft cloths
  • Mild soap or jewelry cleaner

Steps to Remove the Wax:

  1. Fill a bowl or sink with warm to hot water.
  2. Place the jewelry in the water and allow it to soak until the heat from the water softens the wax.
  3. Once soft, use a soft cloth to wipe the wax away.
  4. For smaller holes and designs, use a soft bristled, old toothbrush to brush the wax bits out.
  5. When all of the wax is removed, dry the piece with a soft cloth.
  6. Clean with jewelry cleaner to remove any residue and restore the shine.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Avoid applying too much heat to the jewelry or it may heat the metal too much and cause it to lose its shape.
  • Brush the jewelry lightly to keep from damaging the designs.
  • Since this method only uses plain water, it is safe to use on nearly every type of jewelry.
  • Dry the jewelry immediately after cleaning to avoid any corrosion or rust from forming.


  1. Angelina says:

    Thanks for this information!

  2. Kathy says:

    A small amount of alcohol will also clean and shine.

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