In order for gold and silver jewelry to not darken and always look like new, it is necessary to take care of them properly. You can keep their beautiful shine by following a few simple rules.
How to properly store jewelry
Effective storage of jewelry limits its contact with air as much as possible. Simple bags are the simplest and cheapest method of protecting jewelry. Each of the customers 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 storing each item separately — in a special box, which has compartments for decorative elements of different sizes.
How to restore the shine of silver and gold at home
The negative impact of the environment, contact with human skin and then manifests itself on jewelry with a dark coating. You can immediately return the shine of silver and gold with the help of a cloth made of soft fabric or a special napkin. It is necessary to carefully wipe the product in the place of appearance of stains. After restoring the uniform shine of silver or gold jewelry, it is necessary to wash the product in warm water and carefully wipe it dry. 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 needed.
How to restore the shine of silver with a toothbrush and toothpaste
In the absence of a special cloth for cleaning jewelry, uniform shine can be restored by carefully treating the jewelry with a soft brush and toothpaste. In order not to scratch the surface, it is important to use toothpaste of a uniform consistency and without bright dyes, without the content of large particles, microgranules, whitening components and sodium.
After removing the dark coating, the product should be thoroughly washed with warm water and wiped dry with a soft cloth.
How to clean gold to shine using improvised means
Heavy dirt comes off jewelry with the help of four ingredients that are in every home:
Place the aluminum foil in a mug or bowl (not a metal one!) 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 — thoroughly mix the solution and put the jewelry in it for 15 minutes (until the water cools down completely).
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 restoration of uniform shine, the surface should be thoroughly washed in warm water and wiped dry.
How to restore silver shine using folk remedies
Using ash to clean silver and gold is one of the oldest ways to refresh jewelry or cutlery made of these metals. To do this, you need to pour a small amount of ash on a wet cotton cloth and wipe the soiled with a flannel cloth.
Carbonated drinks «7 Up» and «Coca-Cola» contain acid, which effectively dissolves dark plaque. To do this, you need to pour a sufficient amount of drink into the container so that the objects 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 object.
A vodka bath — soaking products in vodka or alcohol — is used to clean less blackened items. First, wash the jewelry with soap and water and rinse. Then place 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 broth after potatoes. Rings, brooches, earrings, bracelets should be washed in warm soapy water. Then — in cooled water after boiled potatoes and carefully polish with a soft flannel cloth.
Silver is well cleaned with chalk. To do this, you need to rub crushed chalk, to which water has been 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 details — the lime scratches the surface very much!
A mixture of lemon juice and ash is an effective, but time-consuming method. It is not recommended for cleaning delicate items, as it leaves traces and scratches on the surface.
Chicken egg. It is necessary to apply whipped egg white foam on 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 it in sour milk for half an hour. Then wash and polish with a soft cloth.
What do 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 shine. Thanks to it, the jewelry again acquires a fresh look and color. The professional preparation significantly delays the darkening process. It is used not only to clean silver, but also gold.
To do this, you need to put silver jewelry in a bottle with liquid. After a few seconds, remove them with pliers or tongs. Wash under running water. In order to avoid allergies, dermatologists recommend additionally washing 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 products.
Gold jewelry is cleaned much faster than silver jewelry. On average — in 10 minutes. After processing, they look like new. Jewelry cleaning liquid is designed for multiple uses. 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 a vintage look and have decorative oxidized places;
jewelry made of gold-plated silver. The thickness of the gold layer is measured in microns, so when polishing, grinding or cleaning, this thin layer of gold is easily erased. The original silver color will come out on top;
accessories with stones, such as turquoise, pearls, emerald, ruby, sapphire, garnet, opal, should not be exposed to heat, boiling, cleaning with chlorinated powder, excessive wetting and drying. This contributes to the formation of internal cracks, tarnishing and further damage to the product.
If you still have questions about cleaning silver or gold products or you want to buy high-quality jewelry in our online store, contact us right now.