How to properly care for jewelry made of gold, silver and bronze
People buy jewelry to stand out from the crowd, to emphasize their worth, social and financial status. However, even the most amazing jewelry tends to lose its sophisticated look with time. Therefore all jewelry stores, including viking-workshop, advise their customers to take great care of their jewelry. Proper care will preserve the natural grace and elegance of precious metals.
This article will deal with three main questions:
- What is jewelry made of gold, silver and bronze afraid of?
- How to properly care for it?
- What to do if the look of your favorite piece is ruined?
What is jewelry afraid of?
First of all, let’s go over high school chemistry course. Gold, silver and bronze are very soft metals in themselves, they are amenable to mechanical stress and strain. Despite the fact that the production of jewelry involves gold alloys with other more sturdy metals, the final product is still susceptible to mechanical damage.
That is why any reputable jewelry store salesman recommends customers to take off their jewelry during rough manual work, sports, going to a sauna or a pool. Tap water and human sweat have a negative impact on precious metals, “sucking out” their noble shine.
We need to avoid interaction of jewelry with other metal surfaces, as the latter will most certainly be more durable and leave marks on your product. The jewelry is also “afraid” of oxygen, water, creams, household chemicals and, in particular, the sun. Constant exposure to UV rays causes gold and silver jewelry to lose its noble shine over time.
How to properly care for jewelry made of gold, silver and bronze?
Caring for jewelry made of precious metals should begin immediately after their purchase. Even if you decided to wear the product right away, the seller shall provide a special pouch for its everyday storage. This bag, commonly made of suede or velvet, will keep the product safe and sound while you are sleeping, doing sports and physical activities.
Women should be careful when using make-up and perfumes, which usually contain a whole list of substances and compounds that can harm jewelry. Regular contact with such materials can result in appearance of spots on the surface of precious metals and loss of natural shine.
Jewelry’s main “household enemies” are alkali, detergents and sweat and the outside ones are sunlight, smog and oxygen;
What to do if your jewelry lost its look?
The most important thing to do is wipe the jewelry with microfiber every time you take it off (if you don’t have a microfiber on hand, use a clean, thin flannel or suede cloth)
VikingWorkshop offers a gold pendant with the Black Sun symbol. This product represents a powerful charm, protecting the wearer from any bad things, injuries, ailments, and dark magic. The symbol will also help you to find the right path in life, to grow and focus when you need to. The Black Sun pendant is also a beautiful jewelry item that customers of our workshop are so fond of.
If you accidentally got your item dirty, do not rush to rinse it in hot running water. To clean it, prepare a small tub filled with a solution of soap and ammonia (5-10 drops). After thoroughly washing the jewelry in this solution, rinse the product in clean water and dry.
To eliminate gross dirt use a solution of water and dishwashing detergent. The latter component should be free of alkalis and other compounds that could have a negative effect on the metal. Soak the product in this solution for a day, then rinse in clean cold water and carefully wipe using a microfiber cloth.
Tips and tricks from around the world!
Jewelry made of precious metals existed before chemicals and even before the periodic table, and the development of chemistry. Nevertheless, our ancestors were very fond of jewelry and learned to take care of it using available tools.
Onion juice is very popular in Asia. It is able to bring back the shine to a darkened product. Take a medium onion, cut it and rub your favorite jewelry piece. Then leave it for a couple of hours for the juice to act, and then wash in clean water and let it dry. It works!
In Eastern Europe, the best remedy for all ills is baking soda. Take a small iron container, fill it with water and place your favorite jewelry inside, bring to a boil, then add baking soda – one tablespoon per cup of water. Boil it in this solution in for a few minutes, take it out, clean it with a brush, rinse in clean water and leave to dry;
Toothpowder and toothpaste are especially popular In Western Europe. They contain light abrasives that cope with taints and small scratches. Cleaning jewelry products using toothpaste is done the same way as with teeth. Take a soft brush, put some toothpaste on it and start brushing the product, without missing a single spot, otherwise the cleaning will be uneven. After that rinse it in clean, cold water and dry.
A few words about special tools to clean jewelry made of gold, silver and bronze
Professionals recommend using special means to care for your jewelry products. There is a great variety of liquids, pastes, wipes, sprays and other means for home jewelry care. Such means are usually designed for certain metals and sometimes even for a particular grade. The obvious advantage of these means is a professional approach. All of them are carefully selected to suit the metal and will not inflict any damage. The only negative is the high cost.
When the item is too expensive to risk
For your most precious jewelry, there are special services of professional cleaning by experts. They generally use ultrasound to carefully remove the top layer of the product that had lost its shine over time. You can now easily find ultrasound baths for home use on the Internet, but treat them with a measure of caution.
A few tips for true jewelry connoisseurst
No matter how hard we try, our jewelry will still eventually lose its original nobility. When looking after it main thing is not to overdo it. Cleaning procedures for gold, silver or bronze products should be done no more than once every 3-4 months.
Each metal requires an individual approach. Silver, for example, is much more capricious than gold, since it is easier affected by oxygen. At that, bronze is not only cheaper, but also the most undemanding metal. Therefore, if you do not enjoy constantly removing your jewelry and also have work that involves dirt and dust, we recommend to buy bronze products.
Now you know that jewelry can be compared to pets. When buying it, you should be ready to provide comprehensive care and treatment. And if you do it will respond in kind, become your highlight feature and help you stand out from the crowd!