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How to clean silver? — FRAGOLA


Sil­ver is one of the most pop­u­lar met­als among jew­el­ry mak­ers as well as buy­ers. Sil­ver items are always rel­e­vant and inex­pen­sive, unlike gold items. As you know, Pan­do­ra only makes its jew­el­ry from sil­ver. Some are 18K gold plat­ed or sim­ply embell­ished with enam­el and cubic zir­co­nia stones. A com­plete­ly sep­a­rate type of Pan­do­ra charms are Mura­no glass prod­ucts, but today is not about that.

Every­one who loves sil­ver jew­el­ry, soon­er or lat­er faced with the prob­lem of dark­en­ing of the met­al, lack of lus­ter or even black­ness. Such a prob­lem may arise due to cer­tain caus­es or effects on the met­al, but this is not a sen­tence for dec­o­ra­tion! We want to share secrets, life hacks and just use­ful tips on how to safe­ly clean sil­ver and return it to its radi­ant look.

Why does silver change color?

The dark­en­ing of sil­ver is actu­al­ly nat­ur­al. Like any oth­er met­al, as a result of con­tact with oth­er sub­stances, it becomes cov­ered with a dark film. The main sub­stances that have such an effect on sil­ver prod­ucts are excret­ed by the human body. Sil­ver comes into con­tact with the body, which sim­ply releas­es sub­cu­ta­neous fat and sweat. With con­stant expo­sure, the met­al reacts to sweat and can become cov­ered with a thin dark film. But there is one incom­pre­hen­si­ble pat­tern in the dark­en­ing of sil­ver. Why does it dark­en quick­ly enough for some, while for oth­ers it retains shine and radi­ance for a long time or does not change col­or at all?

The answer to this ques­tion is sim­ple, and lies in the char­ac­ter­is­tics of the body. If sul­fur pre­dom­i­nates in the body, then the sil­ver you wear can dark­en very quick­ly. The sit­u­a­tion is com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent with an organ­ism in which nitro­gen pre­dom­i­nates. The prod­ucts of this per­son do not dark­en at all, but always retain their bril­liance and radi­ance. In this case, we are talk­ing about jew­el­ry that is con­stant­ly worn. Regard­less of the per­son, sil­ver can dark­en if left in a box for a long time or stored improp­er­ly.

In addi­tion, sil­ver jew­el­ry does not like mois­ture. You are at risk of dark­en­ing the ring if you fre­quent­ly wash your hands, dish­es or show­er with it. Do not use cos­met­ics with sil­ver. Their chem­i­cal com­po­si­tion can pro­voke a dark­en­ing of the met­al, espe­cial­ly with con­stant use.

Thus, we can con­clude that sil­ver dark­ens under the exter­nal influ­ence of such exter­nal fac­tors as:

  • water;
  • cos­met­ics;
  • nat­ur­al skin secre­tions (for exam­ple, sweat).

Some­times such a reac­tion can be on anoth­er met­al or upon con­tact of an already dark­ened prod­uct with a com­plete­ly new one, but this is not a sen­tence. If the sil­ver has dark­ened, it can be eas­i­ly cleaned by con­tact­ing spe­cial­ists or at home.

How to clean silver?

Clean­ing jew­el­ry is not only an obvi­ous neces­si­ty, but also a reg­u­lar rit­u­al that will help keep your jew­el­ry in good con­di­tion for a long time. The main rule in clean­ing sil­ver jew­el­ry is cau­tion. Pan­do­ra pro­duces prod­ucts with stones — these are charms, pen­dants, rings, divid­ing chains or Mura­no glass prod­ucts — these are prefer­ably charms. Any of them requires some care, but first we will deal with stan­dard sil­ver prod­ucts. The main method of clean­ing sil­ver is folk meth­ods. They have long been test­ed and even skep­tics use them. To clean a piece of sil­ver from tar­nish or dirt, fol­low a sim­ple plan:

  1. care­ful­ly remove mechan­i­cal dirt with a cloth or dry brush;
  2. pre­pare a small tank for the solu­tion;
  3. mix a soap solu­tion (you can use water with soap, sham­poo, dish­wash­ing deter­gent, ammo­nia, and you can also pur­chase a spe­cial clean­ing agent in advance);
  4. buy a tooth­brush with soft bris­tles or use an old one.

Let’s start clean­ing. Dip the prod­uct in soapy water, you can let it stand for a while to acid­i­fy. Then just go over the entire prod­uct care­ful­ly with a brush, with­out zeal. Rinse the jew­el­ry in clean run­ning water and dry. Use ammo­nia only dilut­ed with water 1 to 10. It is gen­er­al­ly not rec­om­mend­ed to use it for prod­ucts with black­en­ing.

Often used to clean sil­ver jew­el­ry tooth­paste, soda or oth­er bulk. We still rec­om­mend using soapy water. It has a gen­tle effect on the sur­face of the jew­el­ry and there is no risk of dam­ag­ing it mechan­i­cal­ly. If the jew­el­ry is too dirty or dark­ened too much, then for the best effect, just let it stand longer in a con­cen­trat­ed soapy solu­tion.

How to clean silver with stones?

Anoth­er type of jew­el­ry that needs to be cleaned is ster­ling sil­ver. Stones are even more sus­cep­ti­ble to exter­nal influ­ences. If your jew­el­ry is with a real gem­stone, then only the sil­ver part of the prod­uct will have to be cleaned. An authen­tic gem­stone nev­er changes col­or or gets dirty, it can only break off due to mechan­i­cal impact, but this is no longer fix­able at home.

Jew­el­ry with pre­cious stones, just like ordi­nary ones, are afraid of abra­sive sub­stances, but if in the first case they can still be used care­ful­ly, then in this case it is absolute­ly impos­si­ble to do this. The same applies to prod­ucts with enam­el. The main rule when clean­ing sil­ver jew­el­ry is soft tools and prod­ucts! Any grain of sand can scratch the stone or leave micro­c­racks on it, through which dust, grease, dirt will pen­e­trate.

Observe the tem­per­a­ture regime. Any stone does not like tem­per­a­ture changes. The ide­al option is slight­ly warm water at room tem­per­a­ture.

Summing up

Sil­ver is a met­al that soon­er or lat­er needs to be cleaned from the usu­al dirt, dust or dark­en­ing. This process can be just a life­saver for you or just a reg­u­lar annu­al main­te­nance. Pan­do­ra jew­el­ry is no excep­tion. They also need to be cleaned and cared for like any oth­er piece of sil­ver­ware. The only dif­fi­cul­ty is that the brand pro­duces a lot of prod­ucts dec­o­rat­ed with stones, enam­el and Mura­no glass, but even they must be care­ful­ly cleaned. Fol­low our tips to keep your jew­el­ry clean so it will look bril­liant for years to come.

Why does sil­ver dark­en?

The dark­en­ing of sil­ver jew­el­ry is a nat­ur­al reac­tion to the con­stant influ­ence of exter­nal fac­tors — light, water, sweat, chem­istry. If you prop­er­ly store and care for the jew­el­ry, col­or change may not occur.

? How to clean sil­ver at home?

The dark­en­ing of sil­ver is not a death sen­tence for a piece of jew­el­ry. It is enough to fol­low our advice and your jew­el­ry will always shine with its orig­i­nal bril­liance!

? How to clean sil­ver with stones?

Sil­ver with pre­cious can also be exposed to exter­nal fac­tors, just like ordi­nary prod­ucts. But this applies only to the sil­ver part of the jew­el­ry. A pre­cious stone does not change its exter­nal prop­er­ties. Clean­ing such jew­el­ry should be as gen­tle as pos­si­ble so as not to dam­age the sur­face of the stone.

?How do you clean sil­ver jew­el­ry?

To clean sil­ver, use soapy water, a solu­tion of ammo­nia, a cloth or a soft brush.


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