Jewellery Care

How to clean sterling silver jewelry?

Building a sterling silver jewelry collection takes time. You put a lot of effort and care in selecting each piece. You may even have some pieces in your collection that you want to keep to pass on your children. Sterling silver is a durable metal that can last a lifetime if properly cared for.

Sterling silver is not actually pure silver, it does contain up to 10% other metals like copper. The reason other metals are combined with silver is because sterling silver is actually very soft and adding copper, nickel or zinc makes it easier to work. Sterling silver is not only used to make jewelry, but also to make tableware, hair clips, and other accessories.

While 925 sterling silver will be durable, it does require proper maintenance, or your jewelry will tarnish and discolor, leaving them looking dull. Cleaning your sterling silver jewelry can be done at home, or for your more expensive jewelry, it’s best to have them cleaned by a professional who will take care not to damage the setting.

There are several ways to clean your sterling silver jewelry at home, some more effective than others. The most effective method is the “electrolyte method,” an easy way to utilize common items in the kitchen.

This method uses a mixture of baking soda, salt, water, and aluminum foil to clean your silver jewelry. We do not recommend this method if your jewelry contains pearls, turquoise or antiques.

 

To clean your jewelry using the electrolyte method, you need to follow these steps.

1. Line a plate with aluminum foil, shiny side up. Once the plate is completely covered with foil, place the sterling silver jewelry on the plate. Don’t add a lot of jewelry. It’s important that the pieces should not be stacked on top of each other, but rather spaced apart and each touching the foil.
2. Add 2 tablespoons of salt, 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 cups of boiling water. You can add 2 tablespoons of liquid dish soap if desired, but it is not required. Once you’ve added all the ingredients, stir until the salt and baking soda dissolve.
3. Leave the jewelry on the plate for at least 10 minutes. You may notice it starts to smell; this is normal. You can gently rub the jewelry with your fingers, which will help speed up the cleaning process.
4. After 10 minutes, remove the jewelry and rinse with lukewarm water. After rinsing thoroughly, wipe each piece lightly with a soft cloth. It is important to find a soft cloth to use, if you use emery cloth, it will scratch the jewelry. Do not polish jewelry in a circular motion, but in the direction of the craze. If you can’t figure out the grain direction, just polish in the same direction.

 

For jewelry that cannot be cleaned using the methods above, follow these simple steps to clean with soap and water.

1. Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia-free dish soap with a cup of warm water. Stir well.
2. Dip a soft cloth in soapy water and wring out excess water. Clean the pieces of sterling silver with a cloth until they are clean. Rinse the cloth thoroughly or use a new cloth to make sure all soap residue is removed.
3. When finished, wipe each piece with a dry cloth.

Prevention is always better than cure, and there are a few things you can do to keep your sterling silver jewelry from tarnishing.

– Keep your silver away from products containing sulfur, which can cause the silver to tarnish. These include:

– sweating

– Rubber and latex

– wool

– Lotions and beauty products

Remove jewelry when swimming or cleaning with harsh chemicals. Sunlight does affect your jewelry and can speed up the tarnishing process, so if you spend a lot of time in the sun, it’s a good idea to remove your jewelry.

Store it in a dry, dark place. Moisture can cause silver to tarnish, so be sure to remove it when storing. You can do this by putting chalk or silica in a bag with silver trim, as this will remove moisture from the air.

Store each piece individually. This will keep the pieces from rubbing against each other and scratching, and preventing other metals from oxidizing.

 

How to clean gold plated jewelry?

Jewelry gets dirty, and your favorite gold-plated jewelry inevitably gets dirty and starts to lose some of its luster. Your jewelry is exposed to your lotion and absorbs dirt and grime from your everyday life. It is important to regularly clean gold-plated jewelry to ensure it retains its shine and shine. You don’t need any special cleaners or equipment to clean your gold plated jewelry, it’s easy to do.

Gold-plated jewelry is the most affordable type of gold jewelry. It is made of a very thin layer of gold attached to a base metal like silver or copper. The layer is very thin, which means gold-plated jewelry won’t last long, but with proper cleaning and care, you can wear your gold-plated jewelry for a long time.

Follow these steps to keep your gold-plated jewelry sparkling.

1. Wipe the jewelry every time you wear it. When you’re ready to go out, you apply lotions, makeup, oils, and other products that help you look and feel great. These products can affect your gold-plated jewelry. It’s best to apply all your makeup and fragrance first, then wait a few minutes before putting on your jewelry. When you get home at the end of the day, remove all gold plated jewelry and wipe it clean, don’t rub the jewelry, just wipe each piece lightly. Before wiping your jewelry, wash your hands and make sure they’re clean and free of lotion or other products. You can use cotton balls or a soft, lint-free cloth. A microfiber cloth for cleaning glasses is the perfect cloth. Don’t use a hard abrasive cloth as this can scratch the jewelry.
2. Try jewelry cloth. Investing in jewelry cloth is a good idea. When you notice your gold-plated jewelry starts to look a little dull, dab it with a jewelry cloth and it will sparkle in seconds.
3. Store your gold-plated jewelry properly. When storing jewelry, it is always recommended to keep jewelry made of the same metal together. If you mix gold-plated jewelry with silver jewelry, it may cause the jewelry to tarnish more easily. It’s also a good idea to store your jewelry separately by wrapping them in pieces of cloth and storing them in separate little bags. Jewelry boxes with dividers also make this storage process easier.
4. Do not swim with gold-plated jewelry, as chlorine in the water can cause the jewelry to tarnish and discolor. If you are preparing acidic food, remove your gold-plated jewelry until done.
5. Remove your gold-plated jewelry before exercising. Sweat can easily tarnish gold-plated jewelry. Before running or starting a fitness class, remove all gold-plated jewelry and store it safely while exercising. Don’t put on your jewelry again until all the sweat has been washed off.
6. Avoid throwing your gold-plated jewelry in your handbag. This will cause them to scratch and the gold plating will wear out faster. If you do want to keep a few pieces in your handbag, wrap them in a soft cloth and seal them in a small bag.

For a more thorough cleaning, use soap and water.

You should use this method to clean your gold-plated jewelry every few weeks. If you clean your jewelry regularly, this will help maintain its shine and extend the life of your gold-plated jewelry.

To clean your gold-plated jewelry this way, follow the steps below.

1. Wipe each piece to remove oil and grime.
2. Just mix some warm water with mild soap. Add two to three drops of dishwashing liquid to a cup of warm water and stir gently. Do not use harsh jewelry cleaners or antibacterial soaps, which are too harsh on your gold-plated jewelry and may eventually damage them.
3. Put the jewelry in the solution and soak for about 10 minutes. Don’t put too many pieces into the solution, you don’t want the pieces to rub against each other.
4. Remove it from the solution and use a soft brush or cloth to gently remove any embedded dirt. Do not use sharp tools to remove any dirt or grime as this will damage the jewelry.
5. After removing dirt, rinse gold-plated jewelry to remove all soap. Dry and polish each piece of jewelry with a soft, dry cloth.