Cleaning silver jewelery

Silver jewelery is something that is very popular today with many people; it is not just women who loves getting silver jewelery, men also loves to get silver jewellery because it is something that is beautiful and completes the look for anyone.  The only problem with silver is that it can dirty easily and cleaning is something that is a little bit difficult if you don’t want to damage the fine silverware but you can try to clean your jewelery without damaging it.A lot of us will know that when they wear something and put it at the back of the jewellery box, then we can forget about it and then when we do dig it back out again then you could find your pieces of jewellery dirty and a little tarnished.  That is when we need something to fix our silver jewellery to make them suitable to wear again; a lot of the time, you find that it is the silver that you don’t wear often that gets tarnished or really old or antique pieces which have been passed down that have a lot of work to be done on them.  It can be very frustrating if you are thinking about handing down a piece of antique sterling silver jewelry and find that you have the pieces tarnished.Well if you do you could try a few things at first to try to make the pieces look more fabulous and sparkling; you could just try a smooth cloth and some water.  That could work on some pieces of silver earrings; small studs is probably the only piece of jewellery that using water and a cloth to clean up the item but nine times out of ten you will find that it only removes a small amount of dirt and the piece is still needs cleaning up because you can barely make out that it is silver.Some believe the old wives tale of soaking the silver pieces of jewelery in a bowl filled with cola; yes that is right, fizzy juice such as cola is what is needed.  You would take a small bow and take a bottle of fizzy cola juice; you open it and pure into the bowl that you are going to be using but don’t take out any of the juices gas, you need all the fizzy gases in the cola for it to work.  You would put half a bowl of cola in and then place your jewellery into the bowl and leave it in there for a few hours.  Now I have tried this myself on a few older pieces of jewellery that has become tarnished and I have seen a few improvements.You get a cleaner item that what you first put into the bowl; a lot of the times you really could see a marked improvement however because the gases in the juice helps to remove any stains on the jewellery.  So times there is only a slight improvement depending on how fresh your cola is but having said that it is not an exact proven method of cleaning your jewellery with because it is considered to be an ‘old wives’ tales.  A lot of people however have seen a marked improvement with this method though it can be a little mixed; it could really all depend on the type of jewellery that you are trying to clean up.  It can work magic for some earrings but nightmare for others; diamond studs are a real nightmare to clean but solid silver bracelets are actually easier to clean.  Something’s can really work with this method though not all will be so easy to clean.Some say that silver polish can help you to clean up the silver but with tarnished silver jewellery then you could find that your item loses its appeal.  The silver could actually be taken away when you use the silver polish; we all know that jewellery can tarnish easily over time especially silver jewellery but using some types of polish can almost scrub the silver from your surface and damage it from how it originally was.  You could find that your bracelet or necklace just needed a cleaning up and that you have used silver polish and then the natural shine is gone, a lot of the times many try to clean up their rings with this silver polish and end up taking half of the silver from the surface and your ring is never the same again.  There has been many times when I, especially, have used silver polish on my rings and found the silver is gone within seconds of using the polish; the problems can be not just with the polish however but with the amount of silver on the jewellery.  If you have silver plated items of silver jewellery then the actual silver on them are not really thick enough to withstand the polish.  Even with the polish if your jewellery can withstand the polish without removing the silver then the polish doesn’t always gets all of the dirt removed and that with some pieces of jewellery it is not easy to clean them one hundred percent of the times.If you don’t think that the polish will work or you are worried about removing some of the silver then you could go to where you purchased your item and see if they run a professional cleaning service.  A lot of the times you will find that many of the jewellery stores will run some kind of service to clean up any pieces of jewellery that you have purchased in the shop, even if you haven’t purchased anything in the shop you could still get your item cleaned though you might have to pay for this service which is something that you might not want to do if you are trying to save yourself some money.There is something that you could do when you are at home to save yourself some money; all you are going to need is some water, salt, bowl and baking soda powder.  You should add one tablespoon of your salt and baking soda powder into your bowl and then take your water – make sure that it is hot but not boiling hot water otherwise it could end up damaging your jewellery.  Now once you have your water into the bowl, fill it half way in your bowl and make sure that all of your baking soda and your salt are dissolved in the water before you start putting your silver jewellery into the mixture.  You could leave the jewellery in the bowl for half an hour or even an hour and it should help you; you never know it could do a world of good for your silver.When it comes to cleaning tarnished silver jewelery then you could try a few different methods to get them cleaned up once more.

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