Is this situation familiar: when, after several months or years of a relationship, a loved one offered you a hand and a heart, for a long time you could not stop admiring the gift of a silver ring? Watching the rays of the sun dancing on it brings a lot of joy and pleasure. However, this radiance fades over time.
Water, sweat, dust, creams — all this makes metal and stone dull after a while. The ring oxidizes — and an unsightly dark coating appears on the surface.
In order for metal and stone to reflect light beautifully, you need to know how to clean a silver ring. This does not always require special expensive tools and the help of a professional jeweler. In this article, we will tell you how to do it quickly and inexpensively, when you need to use special tools, and when they are ineffective.
How to clean a silver ring at home?
The easiest, fastest, and cheapest way is warm water and dishwashing liquid. And not only for silver products. No matter what metal your ring is made of, all you have to do is dip it in warm water and dishwashing liquid and let it sit for 20-40 minutes. If stains remain after this, remove them with a soft toothbrush.
How to clean a silver ring with a stone?
In this case, glass cleaner and hydrogen peroxide will help. Their solution in equal proportions cleans almost all types of natural and artificial stones equally well. Just put the jewelry in it for 10-15 minutes, and then wipe it with a soft brush and rinse under running water.
Staying in the solution too long can cause the gemstones to flake off. If they are small and the pattern is convex, then it is better to clean the product with a damp soft cloth moistened with the above solution.
How to clean silver if it is very blackened?
Methods for cleaning silver with vinegar, baking soda and ketchup have been known for a very long time.
By adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda to half a glass of vinegar and dipping your silver jewelry in this mixture, you will see that after a few hours they will be as good as new. It remains only to rinse them in cold water and enjoy the bright shine. A similar effect can be obtained if you pour ketchup on the ring and wait a few minutes.
How to clean a silver ring quickly?
Since silver is durable, there are many ways to quickly and safely clean a silver ring without the help of professionals and the purchase of special measures. The most common solution is to use toothpaste. But not a whitening toothpaste, which has a lot of abrasive particles and sodium. Instead of a toothbrush, it is better to use a soft cloth. It is enough to gently wipe the jewelry with paste. Then — rinse under water, dry and polish.
However, brushing silver with toothpaste does not last long. It contributes to the formation of hundreds of small scratches, which accelerate the process of darkening of jewelry.
How to effectively clean silver if it has oxidized?
If not only the ring needs to be cleaned, but it is also heavily oxidized, and you do not have time to polish each element individually, there is a very effective way. Place aluminum foil in the bottom of a bowl or saucepan with your decorations, add baking soda, and cover with boiling water. Leave for a few minutes. During this time, sulfur atoms merge with aluminum and move away from silver. The same effect will be if you use salt and white vinegar instead of baking soda.
How to clean a silver ring with jewelry cleaner
To clean your silver ring quickly and effectively without fear of ruining it, use special jewelry cleaners. But they are only suitable for jewelry with a smooth surface, without a lot of scratches and damage.
Immediately after using such a product, a beautiful shine will appear on a smooth surface. However, if the product has a lot of microdamages, then manual or machine polishing is necessary to obtain the effect of a novelty.
For heavily tarnished jewelry, this liquid is not enough.
Being a strong chemical, it harms organic gems such as:
- amber (unless it is a liquid specifically designed for amber jewelry),
- natural pearls,
Sometimes the jewelry liquid reacts with the glue used to fix the stones, so it is undesirable to clean jewelry with an insert of glued stones. It can damage the bottom layer of glass eyes that give a specular glow. The exceptions are cubic zirconia, cubic zirconia and Swarovski stones. They become more beautiful and brighter every time after cleaning.
If you are not satisfied with the effect after using the liquid, you should take the jewelry to the jeweler’s workshop, where they will be professionally restored in a polishing drum or a modern needle polisher.
If such extreme measures have not already helped, do not be discouraged — a huge assortment of rings is presented in the catalog of our online store. Here you are sure to find a worthy replacement for your favorite decoration.
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