Most women love silver jewellery. But they oxidize over time as a result of contact with oxygen in the air, with moisture, with various other solutions that come in contact with or in reaction with the skin’s pH.
The reason why they oxidize jewellery is simple – the silver they are made of is an alloy of which 92.5 % silver and 7.5 % copper. Pure silver, with the title 100 % does not oxidize, but is too soft and cannot be processed for jewellery, so it must always be alloyed with a metal that gives it more rigidity.
So the “culprit” for the oxidation of silver is actually the copper with which it is allied. But fortunately, there are several solutions for cleaning silver.
Why are some jewellery oxidized when new?
Women generally prefer antique, patinated jewellery that doesn’t shine too much. Because silver jewellery has more charm and a special elegance when they are not shiny, and the hue of silver is darker in color.
But how can you get this hue to new jewellery? The process is called anti-ageing or patination and is executed by the jewellers with the help of a special oxide called even “patina” which is applied to the jewellery at the end and which enters all the spaces generated by the work (engraving, granulation, chiselling, embossing, etc.).
If the jewellery is perfectly simple, without any work, the antiquation is not possible, because the patina has nowhere to attach. Most of the jewellery, however, is partially antique, only in the areas with more work, and they also have simple areas, which creates a nice contrast with the patinated areas.
Some silver earrings, like the ones below, are more than half antique, while the corners are perfectly simple, polished and slightly glossy. Obviously, the simple part that was not initially coated will naturally oxidize at one point and will need to be cleaned. Here’s how to clean silver when it oxidizes too much.
When is silver jewellery needed to be cleaned?
Certain silver jewellery looks better when oxidized naturally because the initial gloss is replaced by a more subtle and elegant shade of silver-grey. In recent years especially, the most popular silver rings are by far the rusty ones, which do not shine at all.
There are women who leave their jewellery purposely oxidizing naturally before wearing it – for example, silver bracelets and silver rings that do not match perfectly because they are oxidized differently, some being newer, and the owner wants to wear them together. , on the same hand.
Of course, it’s a matter of taste whether or not we like how a particular jewel has rusted over time. So when and how do we clean the silver? The decision to clean the silver belongs to each woman separately, there is no general rule for when a piece of jewellery needs to be cleaned. However, in general, if the oxidation is too intense, close to black and covers the entire surface of the jewellery, silver is considered to have oxidized too much and has lost its characteristic beauty and therefore must be cleaned.
What to use to clean silver? Professional solutions or substances that I have in the kitchen?
Not everything that is natural is good for everything. Lemon, for example, is a wonderful fruit, full of qualities, but its intense acidity can do much harm to a sensitive stomach, as easily as it can destroy the surface of silver jewellery.
Contrary to general opinion, silver jewellery should NOT be cleaned with solutions that we have in the house such as bicarbonate, detergents, toothpaste or natural ingredients in the kitchen such as vinegar, lemon, etc. Why? The answer is simple – although all of these solutions and ingredients have a certain cleaning power, because of the acids or cleaning agents they contain, they are far too harsh for silver jewellery, they are not designed for cleaning them and can irreparably affect the jewellery. And no one wants to knowingly destroy their favourite jewellery.
Then how do we clean the silver? The simplest and most harmless method of cleaning silver, within the reach of anyone, is a very soft cotton cloth and a few minutes of patience.
in which the jewellery in question is rubbed. Of course, for those who want to clean the jewellery in just a few moments, there are special professional solutions for cleaning silver, such as wipes impregnated with a special cleaning solution.
How do I clean my silver so I don’t lose my jewellery warranty?
Any silver jewellery purchased online comes with a warranty certificate. But the warranty is valid for manufacturing defects that are not obvious from the beginning. The guarantee is not granted in case of a jewellery deterioration due to improper cleaning – and not only the silver can be affected by the improper cleaning, but also the semiprecious stones, pearls, enamel, ebony and other materials that are mounted in silver.
Then how do you clean your silver jewellery? There is an extremely simple and harmless cleaning solution, namely rubbing the jewellery with a soft cotton cloth for several minutes until the jewellery regains its original shine.
But there are also professional cleaning solutions, such as special wipes for cleaning precious metals that are ideal for cleaning silver in just seconds.
Therefore, in order not to lose the guarantee obtained when buying, the silver jewellery must be cleaned either by light rubbing with a soft and clean cotton cloth or with professional cloths, in no case with improvised solutions with what we find in the kitchen or storage.
What is the easiest way to clean silver jewellery?
How to clean silver without a headache? The silver jewellery is held in one hand and the other is lightly rubbed with a cotton cloth on all sides until the cotton is visibly soiled while removing the oxide from the jewellery surface.
Any 925 silver jewellery will regain its brightness or most of it in two-three minutes cleaning with the method described.
Is there any silver jewellery that never rusts?
Certain silver jewellery is plated with rhodium, a precious metal that stops the natural process of oxidizing silver, and the jewellery remains unchanged over time. In general, this method is applied to simple chains or other simpler jewellery that are industrially made. The handmade jewellery is usually not plated with rhodium and the oxidation obtained naturally over time can be easily cleaned by several methods of cleaning the silver.