Precious metal jewelry tarnishes over time. Silver, gold and copper jewelry are most affected by time and oxidation processes, so it is recommended to clean them specially during a certain period.
Why take them to a jeweler who charges you for this service when you can clean your jewelry at home?! There are a few easy methods that will make your jewelry shine again in just a few moves.
Ketchup is more than a sauce and condiment for your dishes. It is very effective for cleaning silver jewelry. Darkened ornaments dipped in a glass of ketchup are very easy to clean afterwards. You just need to rub them with a soft cloth and rinse them.
In a few minutes they will be as good as new.
Baking soda is known for its cleaning properties. It is suitable for cleaning both silver and precious and semi-precious stones such as rubies, sapphires, diamonds and emeralds, which darken and become cloudy and opaque with time and wear.
Simply rub your favorite piece of jewelry with wet baking soda and a soft cloth, which will remove dirt and build-up.
Don't worry, you won't have to scratch your jewelry with the foil. What you need to do is place the foil in the bottom of a bowl, which you fill with a spoonful of non-bleach detergent and hot water.
Soak the ornaments in this solution for several hours. Then simply rub with a piece of wet cloth and rinse. The chemical reaction that occurs during the ion exchange between the foil and the jewelry works wonders for their renewal.
A solution of ½ cup ammonia and 1 cup hot water makes jewelry sparkling and new. Immerse them for 10 minutes in the ammonia water and you will be convinced of the efficacy of this method. Wipe with a soft cloth and allow to dry thoroughly. This will remove the ammonia and not irritate your skin.
The ammonia method is not suitable for pearl jewelry because it can damage its color and luster.
Effervescent tablets with acetylsalicylic acid
Dissolve one such tablet in a glass of water and dip your silver or gold jewelry in it. Allow the acetylsalicylic acid to work, then rub with a cotton cloth and rinse.
Beer is a wonderful cooling drink in the summer, but it can help you beautify your jewelry. It is most suitable for cleaning gold jewelry.
Wet a cotton cloth well with beer and start rubbing the jewelry between your fingers. Dirt and build-up will begin to stick to the cloth. Then you can rub with a clean cloth and warm water to remove the remaining dirt.
At the end, rinse and dry.
Vodka is best for cleaning precious stones. Soak your diamond jewelry in a glass of vodka and leave it overnight. Then wipe with a soft cloth and rinse. Your stone will shine like new.
The window cleaner cleans precious and semi-precious stones very successfully. Spray an old brush (maybe a toothbrush) with window cleaner and rub the jewelry with it.
Again, pearls should not be treated in this way, so as not to damage their enamel surface. The same goes for opal, turquoise and mother-of-pearl. Only stones with a proven solid structure can be cleaned with this method.