Are you familiar with this situation: when, after several months or years of a relationship, a loved one offered you his hand and heart, for a long time you could not fall in love with the gifted silver ring? Observing the sun’s rays dancing on it brings a lot of joy and pleasure. However, this glow eventually fades.
Water, sweat, dust, creams — all this makes metal and stone dull after a while. The ring oxidizes — and an unattractive 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. Regardless of what metal your ring is made of, all you have to do is immerse it in warm water with dishwashing liquid and leave it for 20-40 minutes. If there are any stains 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 with a soft brush and rinse under running water.
Staying in the solution for too long can lead to flaking of precious stones. 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 aforementioned solution.
How to clean silver if it is very blackened?
Methods of cleaning silver with vinegar, baking soda and ketchup have been known for a long time.
After adding 2 tablespoons of soda to half a glass of vinegar and dipping your silver jewelry into this mixture, you will see that after a few hours they will be as good as new. It remains only to wash 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 clean a silver ring quickly and safely without the help of professionals and the purchase of special measures. The most common solution is the use of toothpaste. But not whitening toothpaste, which contains a lot of abrasive particles and sodium. Instead of a toothbrush, it is better to use a soft cloth. It is enough to carefully wipe the jewelry with paste. Then — rinse under water, dry and polish.
However, cleaning silver with toothpaste gives a short-term effect. It contributes to the formation of hundreds of small scratches that accelerate the darkening process of jewelry.
How to effectively clean silver if it has oxidized?
If not only the ring needs cleaning, but it has also oxidized a lot, and you do not have time to polish each element separately, there is a very effective way. Put aluminum foil on the bottom of a bowl or pan, and decorations on it, add baking soda and pour boiling water over it. Leave for a few minutes. During this time, sulfur atoms merge with aluminum and leave silver. The same effect will be if you use salt and white vinegar instead of baking soda.
How to wash a silver ring with jewelry cleaning liquid
To clean a silver ring quickly and effectively, without fear of spoiling it, use special jewelry cleaners. But they are suitable only 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 microdamage, manual or machine polishing is necessary to obtain the effect of a novelty.
This liquid may not be enough for heavily tarnished jewelry.
Being a strong chemical, it damages organic gemstones 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 made of glued stones. It can damage the bottom layer of glass eyes that provide a mirror glow. 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 a jeweler’s workshop, where they will be professionally restored in a polishing drum or a modern polisher’s ear.
If such extreme measures did not help, do not worry — the catalog of our online store presents a huge assortment of rings. Here you will definitely find a worthy replacement for your beloved jewelry.
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