Due to their durability and affordable price, silver earrings are very popular. Silver does not cause allergic reactions and is suitable for any style of clothing.
A significant disadvantage of these jewelry is the tendency to oxidize and cover with a dark coating. It is easy to remove — you just need to know how to clean silver earrings correctly and safely.
How to clean rhodium plated silver earrings?
A thin layer of rhodium protects the silver from tarnishing. It increases its resistance to mechanical and biological impact. However, the rhodium plating wears off over time where it comes into contact with the skin.
Since rhodium-plated silver is very delicate, it is recommended to use special products to clean it, which will not damage the jewelry.
After using a special product (according to the instructions on the package), it is recommended to thoroughly rinse the jewelry and polish it with a dry and soft cloth — flannel or microfiber.
How to clean silver earrings with stones (turquoise, onyx, pearl, sapphire, coral, cubic zirconia/zircon)?
Jewelry with precious, semi-precious and artificial stones must be cleaned once a month. Theoretically, this is easy, but in practice, the process is complicated by the fact that many preparations that are designed to remove dirt and restore the shine of silver adversely affect the stones. Turquoise, onyx, sapphire, as well as cubic zirconia / zircon, after processing with some of these products, lose their brightness and brilliance. The way out of this situation is to use cleaning products specifically designed for such jewelry, or contact a jeweler.
As for earrings with pearls or coral, since these minerals, due to the porous surface, come into contact with tap water, as well as with sea, river and lake water, the micro and macro elements contained in it discolor these jewelry. When taking water procedures, such accessories must be removed. Clean them with a mild soapy solution with a damp cloth or toothbrush.
How to clean amber silver earrings?
Cleaning of amber jewelry is specific because it is done without the use of water. A soft cloth soaked in soapy foam must be wrung out strongly. Then — wipe the product and polish with dry material. To enhance the shine, use olive or almond oil.
How to clean silver earrings at home effectively and safely?
The choice of cleaning method depends on why the blackening of these silver earrings occurred.
If the browning is slight, then it will be enough to clean the decorations with soap and water, and then prepare a bowl, with the bottom covered with aluminum foil. It should be filled with a solution of boiled water with salt (about 5 teaspoons of salt per liter of water), mix and put jewelry in this mixture. It remains to wait until the pollution comes off the surface. This may take from several tens of seconds to several hours, depending on the intensity of the blackening of the jewelry. After this time, the earrings should be rinsed with water to remove the solution.
An even less aggressive method for removing minor dirt is to soak the earrings in vodka or alcohol, and then rinse with water.
Baking soda has long been considered a substance that can cope with any dirt. Not surprisingly, it is also used to restore the luster of silver jewelry. It is more effective when used together with lemon, which contains an acid that dissolves all types of deposits. It is enough to rub the decorations with the resulting mixture and leave for a while. Then wash and dry them thoroughly.
An equally effective way to clean blackened silver earrings at home is toothpaste, if it does not contain sodium and bleaching ingredients that can damage the structure of silver.
An alternative to home methods are professional jewelry cleaning products, such as wipes soaked in a special solution, concentrates to be diluted before application. The advantage of such products is 100% safety and special additives that prevent the oxidation of silver. Regardless of the brand of the drug, carefully read the instructions for use on the package.
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