Today we'll talk about cleaning silver when it tarnishes, as well as proper jewelry storage.
Silver is one of the most common precious metals used in everyday life. Its smelting and minting into silver coins began as early as 700 B.C. Nowadays, silver is most commonly found in our everyday lives in the form of jewelry. Its antiseptic action and beneficial effect on the body is scientifically Retrieved from. Undoubtedly, however, cleaning and caring for it go hand in hand with wearing it, as well as being essential to keeping any silver authentic. In this blog, we will give you tips on how to store, wear and clean your jewelry.
1 - Storage of silver
Fine jewellery should be kept in good condition forever, and even after, as it is a tradition to pass it down from generation to generation.
Think about how you store your jewelry. Different stones have different surface hardness and could easily hurt other stones if your jewelry is kept together in one place. We advise you to keep them separately, in soft lined boxes to avoid the jewellery getting tangled or injured. Another key to pure silver is to keep it away from direct light, and very hot or cold rooms - a cupboard in the living room would be a good place, for example. We advise you to keep your jewellery in the box you receive it in. Every piece of jewellery purchased from SILENTY Ltd is delivered in an elegant jewellery box with a company certificate of quality and authenticity.
2 - Way of wearing
When getting dressed, always put your jewellery on last to avoid some of it catching on your clothes. Makeup as well as any hair cosmetics should be applied beforehand to prevent contamination. Also remove your earrings before visiting a hairdresser as they may get caught on some brushes or combs. It is especially important to be careful with pearl earrings when dyeing hair - hair dye contains chemicals that could cause discoloration in some cases. We advise you to remove your bracelets and rings when visiting a manicurist due to the similar risks of injury to silver and stones. Be sure to clean your jewellery with a soft cloth before putting it back in the box after wearing.
If you own some specific types of jewelry such as pearl or beaded jewelry, it would be a good idea to keep them away from water containing chemicals as this is also a possible cause of discoloration. Cosmetics, as mentioned, along with cooking oils are another danger to these types of jewelry. Nevertheless, if you ever happen to have contact with them, simply use a dry and soft paper or cloth to gently dry your accessories. Remember that lotions, perfumes, household cleaners and chlorinated water are not in your favor when it comes to silver. This is one of the reasons why jewelry should be the last thing you put on before going out.
3 - Cleaning silver
Careful and good cleaning of silver jewellery is essential for the elegance of your accessories. One of the best methods for cleaning silver is a special silver cleaner, but if you don't have one on hand, there's no room for worry. You can always use mild and harmless products such as soap and water, with a soft toothbrush when applying in case you are unsure how fragile your jewellery stone is.
4 - Darkening of silver
Tarnishing of silver jewellery is a thin layer of corrosion that quickly forms on silver jewellery and results in a dark coating that is irritating and looks terrible. Tarnishing of silver usually occurs as a chemical reaction with hydrogen sulfide or sulfur present in the atmosphere. In most cases, some people believe that tarnishing is caused by oxidation, but this is not true as silver does not react with water or oxygen at moderate temperatures. Nevertheless, the metal in the alloy, most commonly copper, tends to react with oxygen.
In addition to air, silver jewelry also reacts with the alkaline levels of human skin. The presence of sulfur and amino acids, which are found in human sweat, can cause discoloration in jewelry. Regular cleaning of your accessories helps to avoid this undesirable effect. However, if any of your silver jewellery has discoloured, here's how to restore its crystal shine.
Baking soda and aluminum foil!
Baking soda is more commonly known as bicarbonate of soda or sodium bicarbonate, and aluminum foil as baking foil. Put a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of a bowl. Place the silver jewels on the foil. Sprinkle them with bicarbonate of soda and pour boiling water over them. Remove after 3-5 minutes, rinse with cool water and rub the jewellery with a soft cloth. This process causes a chemical reaction that removes the tarnish from the silver and cleans it instantly.
Step by step:
These are the things you need:
- Soup bowl or saucepan (depending on the number of jewels you wish to clean)
- Aluminium foil
- One tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda for each glass of water
- Boiling water
- Spoon / Pinch
- Soft cloth
- Heat the water to boiling - there should be enough water to cover the jewels.
- Take the bowl and put the aluminum foil on the bottom with the shiny side up.
- Place the jewels on the foil.
- Add 1 tablespoon of bicarbonate of soda for every cup of water and be prepared for the solution to start bubbling.
- Make sure the jewelry touches the aluminum foil - this is an essential part of the process for the chemical reaction to take place.
- Leave the jewellery in the solution for 3 to 5 minutes. If the level of darkening is very high, then you can leave them for up to 10 minutes.
- Remove the jewels with kitchen tongs or a spoon. Rinse the jewellery with cool water, then polish with a soft cloth.
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