Here are some easy, interesting and innovative home-remedies to clean, maintain and store your valued silver and stone-embellished jewelry.
Get half cup of white vinegar and 2 tablespoons of baking soda into a pan and shrug the baking soda and vinegar four to five times with a spoon to mix the two ingredients will you see a bubbling reaction. Place your jewelry into the solution and allow it to be there for two to three hours. Remove the jewelry from the container and swill it under running water to remove the vinegar and baking soda residue. Dry the jewelry with a soft and clean cloth before storing in a clean pouch.
Get the shine back in your silver jewelry (without any gemstone) by pouring a bit of beer on to a soft cloth. Rub it gently over the piece and pat dry by using a clean cloth or towel.
- Club soda:
Soak your stone studded and silver jewelry in club soda to give them a bright sheen. Just place them in a glass full of club soda and leave them for overnight. Take out in the morning, air dry and store in a plastic pouch for further dust and damages.
A few drops of vodka can clean any kind of silver or stone-studded jewelry. Immerse a napkin into the vodka to wipe away the grime on your jewels or drench your ring or earrings for a few minutes to get them sparkling again.
- Aluminum foil:
Simply set a small bowl with aluminum foil and fill it with hot water. Mix in one tablespoon of bleach-free powdered laundry detergent and put the jewelry in the solution for one minute to soak it out. This procedure uses the chemical process known as ion exchange to clean up the surfaces of ornaments. Rinse well, air-dry and store in a pouch for ready-to-wear occasions.
- Ammonia solution:
Ammonia solution also cleanses the tarnish from silver. Make a solution by mixing altogether 1-2 tablespoons of ammonia, 1 teaspoon of liquid dishwasher and 1/4 cup of water. Dip a cotton swab or take a soft-bristled toothbrush, and clean the surface of the jewelry gently. If the tarnish is too obdurate than dip the jewels in the solution to take it off easily.
Maintaining and storing your silver or stone-studded jewelry:
- Silver or stone-studded jewelry should never be kept with other metals or in the open.
- Your silver trinkets should be tightly packed while storing them in a small zippered plastic bag. It will not only hold your jewels in a good condition but would also prevent other jewelry from rubbing with each other which can cause scratches. The jewelry would be shielded from the air, which can cause fast discoloration.
- Don’t ever leave your silver jewellery lying around against bare timber as it consists of an acid that will surely tarnish the exterior of the silver, also shield it from paper as well as cardboard, since they are lumber pulp produces which would yield similar result, so avoid keeping silver in envelopes or even in small cardboard boxes as well.
- You can also purchase some anti-tarnish pads and line the base of your jewelry box.
- Allow body lotions and perfumes to dry completely before putting on the glistening jewels onto yourself as the chemicals present in them would bond and react with the copper and alloys present in silver which would in-turn speed up the process of tarnishing dramatically.
- Removing your jewelry while you bath or swim isn’t necessary; just rinse with soap and water afterward to clean off the residual chemicals from your jewels.
- If you do stain your jewelry with make-up, perfumes, foods, and drinks, then rinse immediately with water and soap.