The secret of preserving silver jewelry

Dec 21, 2020 Blog
Storing silver jewelry

In order for silver jewelry to always be gorgeous, blackless, discolored, or tarnished, we would like to share with you some tips below:

silver jewelry
silver jewelry
  1. Do not wear jewelry 24 hours a day or throughout the week. Take off your jewelry when you do housework, play sports, or do other physical tasks to avoid scratching them. Even the hardest rocks like diamonds can break if they are hit hard enough! Note when using cosmetics, because chemicals in cosmetics can adversely affect the beauty of jewelry. Soap, liquid, makeup powder, perfumes, sprays … all have the ability to create stains that are difficult to wash on the surface of the jewelry. Ideally, if you get these substances on your jewelry, you should wash them off right before they can cause a reaction.
  2. Never allow jewelry stones to immerse in solutions containing salt, detergents, and especially chlorinated detergents. These substances are able to corrode the abrasive lines or reduce the gloss of the jewelry stone, especially at high temperatures. So absolutely do not wear decorative jewelry when you swim in a chlorine pool or when washing clothes and cleaning the furniture.
  3. Absolutely do not come into contact with detergents, alcohol, and acetone because these substances can cause damage that is difficult to handle.
  4. You should take care not to enter the environment with sudden changes in temperature. Excessive heat or sudden changes can also cause stone jewelry to break. When exposed to very hot environments, some rocks lose their ability to absorb the moisture needed to give their natural luster. For example, under high temperatures, pearls are susceptible to drying, dullness, and fading; onyx may turn brown or white, appear brittle, and may lose the ability to change color.
  5. Sunlight is also a harmful factor in the durability and color of jewelry stones. If exposed too much to the sun, some rocks such as amethyst, royal jade, pink nacre inlaid … will become weaker. Pearls and ivory also discolor if left in the sun for too long, and amber and many other rocks are also at risk of tarnishing. Therefore, to keep stone jewelry durable, avoid wearing it when you go to the sun or have to work in the sun for long periods of time.

How to wash jewelry effectively:

For jewelry without decorative stones:

  • All gold and silver jewelry can be easily cleaned by soaking in chemicals readily available in jewelers. However, if your jewelry contains decorative stones, be very careful because all chemical detergents can harm most stones. For rhodium-coated silver jewelry, it will take a long time to tarnish and it can also be easily removed by immersion in a specific chemical.
  • You can also clean your silverware yourself using this simple method: Use an aluminum bar placed in a cup containing about 450ml of warm water and put in a little Tide detergent, which does not contain detergent. The boric acid in detergent reacts with the aluminum bar, the dull substance produced on the silver product will separate and stick to the aluminum bar. Soak your silver jewelry in the solution for about 1 minute then rinse it off with water and dry.

For jewelry with decorative stones:

  • Diamonds have the ability to hold fat and under normal conditions, grease can easily attach to the surface of the diamond. To remove this layer of oil immerse the diamond in a solution containing alcohol or vodka.
  • For the vanilla trimmings, you can clean easily by dipping them in a dilute soap or a solution containing a little ammonia, you can use a soft brush to gently scrub if needed, then dry.
  • Agate, jade, lapis lazuli, jade … and other decorative stones are all very soft and easily destroyed by chemicals, so you have to be very careful and just clean them gently with a soft wipe to don’t scratch them.