Gold jewelry usually stays beautiful for many years, it also means that it is both easy and simple for you to care for and clean them at home.
Cleaning your gold jewelry
- Put the gold jewelry in a warm water bath and add a few drops of dish soap.
- Gently brush the jewelry with a clean and soft toothbrush.
- Then rinse them with clean water and pat them dry with a soft, lint-free cloth.
- In addition, you can of course also buy gold jewelry cleaner in all jewelry stores.
If your gold jewelry stays too long without being used, they may well get a dull and dull surface. Fortunately, you can make them beautiful and shiny again by rubbing them with onion juice. Wipe the juice with a soft cloth after three hours and watch your gold jewelry shine again. This is also true for the Morganite Engagement Rings also.
Silver is a precious metal found in nature deep in the earth. Down there you can find lumps of free, metallic silver, but it also appears as a by-product of copper, lead, zinc and gold extractions. Silver is used for much more than jewelry making including coins, sockets, cables and cutlery.
How pure is your silver?
Like gold, silver is found in various purities. The purest silver you can acquire is fine silver, which consists of 99.9% silver. Although fine silver is clearly the most beautiful, it is not used for jewelry. Due to its purity, it is too soft and will result in the jewelry bending easily and being easily susceptible to wear and scratches. Therefore, pure silver is mixed with, for example, copper, so that the jewelry’s metal becomes more durable and robust.
Did you know that your jewelry does not consist of pure silver?
Silver jewelry is traditionally made from the so-called sterling silver, which is stamped with 925s or 925 because 925/1000 of the alloy is pure silver. This means that quite a bit of copper has been used in the mixture. In this way, the silver retains its suppleness and can be easily shaped into beautiful jewelry.
The term sterling comes from the English Pound Sterling, which previously consisted of exactly this amount of silver, i.e. 925/1000 of the coin consisted of silver. Silver is a very shiny and reflective material, which is why it is also used in mirrors, microscopes, solar cells and much more. Silver is bactericidal. Only a very small portion of the world’s silver is used for jewelry.
Help, my silver jewelry has gone completely dark. What happens?
Silver is a soft and sensitive metal, which therefore requires more maintenance than gold jewelry. Over time, you will notice that your silver jewelry gets a ‘dirty’, yellowish and darker surface. This does not mean that there is anything wrong with the quality of your silver jewelry. It simply means that a completely natural oxidation process takes place. Silver is attacked by hydrogen sulphide which is found in the air, and at the same time it is often exposed to sweat, acid and heat from your body. It is not good for the silver and results in the silver ‘tarnishing’.
Get beautiful silver jewelry again
Does your silver jewelry need a major cleaning? Then, fortunately, it can be done in much the same way as with your gold jewelry.
Cleaning your silver jewelry
- Put your silver jewelry in warm water with added soap or dish soap.
- Leave it for about ten minutes.
- Scrub them gently with a soft toothbrush and then rinse with clean water.
However, the above is only a cleaning and not a polish of your silver jewelry. If they have become directly ugly due to oxidation or something else, then a real cleaning and polishing is needed. In addition, to continuously avoid ugly stains and discolorations, it may be a good idea to sand your silver jewelry with a soft sanding cloth.
If your jewelry has over time acquired a cloudy and dull oxidized surface or more intense and severe discolorations, you can take advantage of professional silver cleaning. Alternatively, you can try a different and very effective house trick that we have already tested for you.
All you need is tinfoil, salt, water and a little baking powder. The ingredients form a chemical reaction that can remove the oxidation and other nasty discolorations. Do not polish the jewelry with the mixture, but just put them in it.
The Housewife Trick: Cleaning and polishing your silver jewelry
Cover the bottom of the bowl with foil the glossy side should face up. Pour boiling water into the bowl. Add 2 tablespoons baking powder and 2 tablespoons salt. Here the mixture will bubble up, but do not fear you are on the right track. Stir in the mixture and place your silver jewelry in the bowl. Leave it for about an hour. Take the jewelry up, polish it with a dry tea towel and watch the turbid oxidation disappear. Bowl of baking powder and salt
The mixture is hugely effective and the ugly oxidation on the silver jewelry actually disappears. Unfortunately, the jewelry does not regain its beautiful luster. To spice up the shine again, you need to grab a polishing cloth or buy a professional jeweler from a jeweler. However, the ingenious trick can be highly recommended to get rid of the oxidation.
Gold-plated silver rings
Above you can see three silver rings, where the first (left) has not received any treatment, the middle has been in tinfoil bath and the last (right) has been washed in soapy water. There is a clear difference between the three rings especially the one that has been in the tinfoil bath. You can read more about the chemistry of your silver and watch a video on cleaning silverware.
Gold-plated silver should be treated like ordinary silver jewelry. Gold-plated silver can easily be confused with plain gold. Gilding is a thin layer of gold that is placed on top of your silver jewelry. It can consist of anything from 8 to 24 carats, but is often made with 18 carats. Gildings can have different thicknesses depending on the manufacturer and price level, which of course also has an effect on how long it lasts.