How to clean silver jewelry?

Before, your favorite ring shone with sparkling silver, but that was before. Today, the silver has oxidized and your ring has blackened. Fortunately, if you do it right, you’ll be able to restore all the charm and luster of yesteryear. Here are 5 grandmother’s tips for cleaning silver jewels without the risk of damaging them!

 

Our 5 tips:

1. Clean your silver jewelry with laundry
2. Shine your silver jewelry with bicarbonate
3. Use a cleaning cloth or a chamoisine
4. Polish your jewelry with a silver cleaner
5. Have your jewels cleaned by a jeweler

 

 

1. Clean your silver jewelry with laundry

We start with a grandmother’s tip to clean your silver jewelry, easy to implement since you only need laundry and a toothbrush ! To do this, simply put your jewelry in a saucepan, with a little washing powder (preferably powder) and enough water to cover them.Bring the water to the boil and soak your jewelry a few moments to let it work. Then rub with the toothbrush to erase oxidation marks. Rinse thoroughly and dry your jewelry with a soft cloth.
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2. Shine your silver jewels with baking soda

Another famous grandmother’s tip for cleaning your silver jewelry: baking soda! Associated with aluminum, it creates a chemical reaction that makes the traces of oxidation disappear rather well. Place an aluminum foil in a bowl, put your jewels on them and cover them with baking soda. Pour boiling water over the whole and wait. The cleaning is finished when your jewelry shines again (and the foil has blackened). Rinse your jewelry thoroughly and dry them carefully.

 

 

3. Using a cleaning cloth or a chamoisine

A very safe method of cleaning your oxidized silver jewelery (including those set with stones) is the cleaning cloth or the chamoisine. This is a very soft cotton cloth, soaked with special product to polish, polish and maintain silver jewelry. To use it, nothing is simpler: you simply dry rub your silver jewel with the chamoisine and you will effortlessly obtain a brilliant shine. All in a jiffy, without even getting your fingers dirty!
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4. Polish your jewelry with a silver cleaner

If you do not have a chamois, you can also use a special silver cleaner. The principle is the same, except that you apply the product on your silver jewelry with a damp cloth or sponge.After letting it work for a few minutes, the oxidation marks on the silver will be gone. Then rinse with clean water, wipe and shine your jewelry with a soft cloth. Note that rinsing delays reoxidation, so postpone the next cleaning!
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5. Have jewelry made by a jeweler

Some jewelry is too fragile to risk homemade cleaning. For example, jewels set with precious stones may suffer from cleaning with boiling water since the heat sometimes changes the color of the stone. If your silver jewelry is very damaged or highly oxidized, it is better to entrust it to a professional for a proper cleaning. Trust your jeweler, he will know how to give them all their sparkle. A good rhodiage is sometimes a miracle!