How do you clean silver jewelry?
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Before I share the home methods for cleaning silver, I would be happy to explain to you what silver is and why it turns black:
So what is the real money we know?
Real silver - sterling silver, with its professional name 925 - this number indicates the degree of purity of the silver and is called that because it contains 92.5% pure silver and 7.5% copper. The copper strengthens it as a material and therefore jewelry can be made from it.
Pure silver or by its professional name silver 1000 is too soft and therefore jewelry is not made from it (sometimes it can be used as a frame for a stone house - because it is soft and easy to bend it into a stone).
I have often heard " it's black for me, it's not money ". But if it's black - that means it's money!
Silver turns black (in professional language it oxidizes) for many reasons -
High humidity, harsh substances such as chlorine, sulfur and other chemical substances (perfume, creams, oils), also acidic sweat and even from the air if sitting outside for a long time or in a jewelry box with a sponge.
but..! It can always be cleaned and made to shine like new!
That is why it is recommended to wear it, shower with it and do everything with it (except the perfumes and the others mentioned above), because the daily use cleans it and prevents oxidation that causes blackening.
If you do not wear the jewelry on a daily basis, it is recommended to keep it in a small, sealed plastic bag to reduce contact with the air.
And now, I will share a variety of home methods for cleaning money.
Of course it is possible and even recommended to combine several methods on the same piece of jewelry in order to achieve the desired result!
1 Baking soda powder - a well-known and effective method for cleaning silver jewelry at home.
*Aluminum mold or bowl wrapped in aluminum foil.
* 1 or 2 tablespoons of soda for drinking
* Half a cup of boiling water (or until the jewelry is covered)
* A quarter cup of vinegar
* Toothbrush (for cleaning small crevices)
Wrap the inside of the bowl with aluminum foil or simply take the aluminum mold and place the jewelry in it. Then add the baking soda powder, the hot water and finally the vinegar. Soak the jewelry for a few minutes. During the soaking, it is recommended to scrub the jewelry and the grooves in particular with a toothbrush in order to remove dirt and clean between the small grooves and return to soaking. In some cases, the process must be repeated two or even three times until you have reached the desired level of cleanliness. After you have finished cleaning the jewelry, wash it with water and dry it with absorbent/toilet paper.
To complete the process , and after the jewelry is completely dry, it is recommended to clean it with a silver cleaning cloth for polishing (link).
2 lemon adds a lot 🙂
Take a lemon, cut it in half/quarters (whichever fits the jewelry) and rub the lemon on the jewelry. After that, with the help of the toothbrush, rub the jewelry while it is still covered in lemon juice in order to clean dirt and get between the grooves. After you have finished cleaning the jewelry, wash it with water and dry it with absorbent/toilet paper. To complete the process , and after the jewelry is completely dry, it is recommended to clean it with a silver cleaning cloth for polishing (link).
3 cloth for cleaning silver.
* Cloth for cleaning silver
For smooth jewelry (no grooves, flat surface) in most cases a silver cleaning cloth is sufficient to perform the cleaning and polishing operation. Rub hard and patiently until you reach the desired level of cleanliness.
In addition to home cleaning, all our customers benefit from professional cleaning services for life. You just have to bring the jewelry and collect it at the end of the process. Of course we are available for any question on Instagram / Facebook.