Before, your favorite ring shone with sparkling silver, but that was before. Today, the silver has oxidized and your ring has turned black. Fortunately, if you do it right, you will be able to restore all its charm and luster of yesteryear. Here are 5 grandmother tips to clean silver jewelry without risking damaging it!
Our 5 tips:
1. Clean your silver jewelry with detergent 2. Shine your silver jewelry with bicarbonate 3. Use a cleaning cloth or chamois 4. Polish your jewelry with a silver cleaner 5. Have your jewelry cleaned by a jeweler
1. Clean your silver jewelry with detergent
We start with a grandmother's tip to clean your silver jewelry, easy to implement since you only need detergent and a toothbrush! For this, you just need to put your jewelry in a pan, with a little detergent (preferably powder) and enough water to cover them. Bring the water to a boil and let your jewelry soak for a few moments to let it work. Then rub with the toothbrush to erase the traces of oxidation. Rinse thoroughly and dry your jewelry with a soft cloth.
2. Shine your silver jewelry with baking soda
Another famous grandmother's tip for cleaning her silver jewelry: baking soda! Associated with aluminum, it creates a chemical reaction which removes traces of oxidation rather well. Place aluminum foil in a bowl, put your jewelry on it and cover with baking soda. Pour boiling water over the whole and wait. The cleaning is finished when your jewelry shines again (and the aluminum foil has blackened). Rinse your jewelry thoroughly and dry it carefully.
3. Use a cleaning cloth or chamois
A very safe method for cleaning oxidized silver jewelry (including those set with stones) is the cleaning cloth or chamois. It is a very soft cotton cloth, soaked in special product to polish, polish and maintain silver jewelry. To use it, nothing could be simpler: you just need to dry rub your silver jewel with the chamois and you will effortlessly obtain a brilliant shine. All in a jiffy, without even getting your fingers dirty!
4. Polish your jewelry with a silver cleaner
In the absence of a chamois, you can also use a special silver cleaning product. The principle is the same, except that it is you who apply the product to your silver jewelry using a cloth or a damp sponge. After leaving to act for a few minutes, the traces of oxidation on the silver will have disappeared. Then rinse with clear water, wipe and then polish your jewelry with a soft cloth. Note that rinsing delays reoxidation, enough to postpone the next cleaning!
5. Have your jewelry cleaned by a jeweler
Some jewelry is too fragile to risk homemade cleaning. For example, jewelry set with precious stones can suffer from cleaning with boiling water since the heat sometimes changes the color of the stone. If your silver jewelry is very damaged or very oxidized, it is better to entrust it to a professional for proper cleaning. Trust your jeweler, he will restore their radiance. A good rhodium plating sometimes works miracles!