If a silver pendant has lost its luster, there are many ways to restore it to its original shine. We have described the most common ones in this article.
How to clean a silver pendant at home
Most silver jewelry darkens over time.
According to folk omens, this indicates the occurrence of a disease, damage or a curse on the owner of the jewelry.
Scientists have proven that the state of silver worn on the body depends on the composition of a person’s sweat:
there is a lot of sulfur in the body — the metal darkens,
plenty of nitrogen prevents browning.
But if the jewel is stored in a box, but it still darkens, it means that there is a lot of hydrogen sulfide in the surrounding air.
Before cleaning, degrease the pendant with any detergent. Treat curls, depressions and bulges with a toothbrush. And that’s it, you can already use the methods that will be discussed further.
How to clean a silver pendant with hydrogen peroxide?
Peroxide can eliminate the blackening of silver or, on the contrary, intensify it.
This happens because oxygen atoms interact differently with silver alloys.
Before you clean the silver with a stone and completely treat the product with peroxide, try to treat the inside of the pendant or the clasp. If it has turned white, carefully apply the solution to all the jewelry with a cotton sponge.
How to clean a silver pendant with minimal costs?
This method is only suitable for small pendants. Scratches are possible, which will be very noticeable on large jewelry.
Mix baking soda with water to the consistency of gruel, which you apply to the surface of the product with a soft cloth or toothbrush. Rinse it with water and wipe with a dry cloth.
Salt (ordinary kitchen or extra fine — it doesn’t matter)
Pour salt into a pan with a bottom covered with foil. Add some water. Put the decoration there and boil for 10 minutes. Then — rinse well under the tap and dry completely.
Ammonia (rubbing alcohol)
Immerse the pendant for 15 minutes in a solution of ammonia and water in a ratio of 1:10. If the pollution is strong, then for 30–60 minutes, but no more. Wipe slightly darkened jewelry with a moistened cotton pad. Then the silver should be washed and dried.
Citric acid or vinegar
Dilute 100 g of acid in 0.5 l of water. Solution in a water bath for 15–30 minutes, placing a pendant in it. Then — wash and dry the product.
For such a method as cleaning a silver pendant with Coca-Cola, the price is acceptable. You need to pour a little drink into the container and lower the silverware into it. After 12 hours, the jewelry will look and shine like new.
Smooth accessories are wiped with a napkin with toothpaste, and embossed ones with a soft-bristled brush. But the paste must be without sodium, aggressive additives and dyes, so that the impurities react a little with the metals that are added to silver for strength. To prevent the formation of a white coating, after cleaning, rinse the products thoroughly and polish with a soft cloth.
Cleaning a silver pendant from blackening?
You will never guess — lipstick of any color! It should be applied to a microfiber cloth, flannel, cotton pad and rub the product with it. It does not scratch the silver surface and is easily washed off with soapy water.
A slurry of ammonia and chalk is also suitable for pendants. It is applied to the product and washed off with water.
Do not polish blackened silver to a shine! Trying to wash off the patina, you deprive this ornament of sophistication, vintage and original charm.