To keep your gold and silver jewelry from tarnishing and always looking like new, you need to take proper care of it. To keep their beautiful shine, you can follow a few simple rules.
How to properly store jewelry
Efficient storage of jewelry limits its contact with air as much as possible. Plain pouches are the simplest and cheapest method of protecting jewelry. Each of the clients of our online store receives a gift bag for storing jewelry purchased from us. It protects them from the harmful effects of environmental factors.
To protect against scratches, damage and moisture, jewelers recommend saving each item separately — in a special box, which has compartments for decorative elements of different sizes.
How to restore shine to silver and gold at home
The negative impact of the environment, contact with human skin and then appears on jewelry with a dark coating. You can return the shine to silver and gold immediately after the appearance with a soft cloth or a special napkin. It is necessary to gently wipe the product in the place where stains appear. After restoring the uniform luster of silver or gold jewelry, it is necessary to rinse the product in warm water and wipe it dry thoroughly. This is the easiest way, but if the darkening appeared a long time ago, it is not effective. Stronger and more efficient methods will be required.
How to restore shine to silver with a toothbrush and paste
In the absence of a special cloth for cleaning jewelry, an even shine can be restored by gently working the jewelry with a soft brush and toothpaste. In order not to scratch the surface, it is important to use toothpaste of a homogeneous consistency and without bright dyes, without large particles, microgranules, bleaching agents and sodium.
After removing dark deposits, the product should be thoroughly rinsed with warm water and wiped dry with a soft cloth.
How to clean gold to a shine using improvised means
Heavy dirt comes off jewelry with the help of four ingredients that are in every home:
Place aluminum foil in a mug or bowl (not metal!) so that it exactly fills the bottom. Then you need to pour 2 teaspoons of salt and baking soda and pour 200 ml of hot water (this is about a glass). Then — mix the solution thoroughly and put jewelry in it for 15 minutes (until the water has completely cooled).
If the product is heavily soiled, you need to leave it to soak for several hours, and then you will have to additionally clean it with a soft toothbrush. After restoring a uniform gloss, the surfaces should be thoroughly rinsed in warm water and wiped dry.
How to restore shine to silver using folk remedies
Using ashes to clean silver and gold is one of the oldest ways to freshen up jewelry or cutlery made from these metals. To do this, pour a small amount of ash onto a damp cotton cloth and wipe the contaminated ones with a flannel cloth.
Carbonated drinks «7 Up» and «Coca-Cola» contain acid, which effectively dissolves dark plaque. To do this, pour enough of the drink into the container so that the items to be cleaned are completely immersed in it. Leave for a while. The duration of soaking depends on the degree of contamination. Then you need to thoroughly wash and dry the item.
Vodka bath — soaking products in vodka or alcohol — is used to clean less blackened items. First, wash your jewelry with soap and water and rinse. Then put the jewelry in one of the mentioned liquids and set aside for a few hours. Then wash the jewelry with soap and rinse with warm water, dry thoroughly.
Soap solution and decoction after potatoes. Rings, brooches, earrings, bracelets should be washed in warm soapy water. Then — in chilled water after boiled potatoes and gently polish with a soft flannel cloth.
Silver is well cleaned with chalk. To do this, you need to rub crushed chalk, to which water is added, into a silver object. Then rinse and dry it. However, do not use this method for cleaning jewelry and delicate items with many small parts — lime scratches the surface a lot!
A mixture of lemon juice and ashes is an effective but time consuming method. It is not recommended for cleaning delicate items as it leaves marks and scratches on the surface.
Egg. Apply whipped egg white foam to the surface. Wipe with a flannel cloth to achieve the desired effect. Then rinse thoroughly with warm water and dry completely.
Sour milk is recommended for cleaning larger items. First you just need to wash the product with soap, rinse with water and put in sour milk for half an hour. Then rinse and polish with a soft cloth.
What you need to know about how to make gold shine and silver quickly?
Liquid professional jewelry cleaner is the fastest, safest and most convenient way to clean gold to a shine. Thanks to him, the jewelry regains a fresh look and color. A professional preparation significantly delays the darkening process. It is used for not only cleaning silver, but also gold.
To do this, put silver jewelry in a bottle of liquid. After a few seconds, remove them with pliers or tongs. Wash under running water. To avoid allergies, dermatologists recommend additionally rinsing the products in vinegar, drying and wiping thoroughly.
If the jewelry is large, you should pour the liquid into another container so that it completely covers all the jewelry.
Gold jewelry clears much faster than silver jewelry. On average — in 10 minutes. After processing, they look like new. Jewelry cleaning liquid is designed for reusable use. It is sold in specialized stores and jewelry repair shops.
However, there are situations when it is not necessary to clean jewelry:
products that are specially «aged» to give them vintage and have decorative oxidized places;
jewelery made of gilded silver. The thickness of the gold layer is measured in microns, so when polishing, rubbing or brushing, this thin layer of gold can be easily rubbed off. The original silver color will come out on top;
accessories with stones such as turquoise, pearl, emerald, ruby, sapphire, garnet, opal, should not be exposed to heat, boiling, cleaning with chlorine powder, excessive wetting and drying. This contributes to the formation of internal cracks, tarnishing and further damage to the product.
If you have any questions about cleaning silver or gold items or want to buy high-quality jewelry in our online store, please contact us right now.