And Keep it Perfect
Both silver and bronze jewelry can change their appearance over time. With little care, we can return to look like the first day. Here are some tips so you can keep them perfect.
- Silver Jewelry:
Silver jewelry, over time and depending on the use, ph of the skin, the environment where you live, react with sulfur and are superficially coated with a yellowish "patina", which can be darkening. It is something only superficial, that is to say, the jewel has not deteriorated, it is only on the surface, where this process occurs. Perfumes and soap can accelerate this process. It is best not to shower with your jewelry, remove it before swimming in a pool, and put on your jewelry after the perfume.
To clean silver jewelry, you only need a toothbrush, a little baking soda and dishwasher. In your hand, put some baking soda and mix it with a little water to make a paste. Use the toothbrush and cover it with this paste, and rub the silver piece with it. Clean with water and wet the toothbrush again with some dishwashing liquid, rubbing it again. Clean again with water and finally dry it carefully and perfectly, because if there are water remains, it will dirty the silver. And that's it. Remember to store the jewelry individually, if possible.
- Oxidized Silver Jewelry:
Since they are already oxidized, there is no need to clean them, so here you have it easy.
To keep the oxide, store them in individual boxes, or in a way that they do not rub against each other. If the oxide has disappeared because of the rubbing, you are welcome to send me the piece, and for free, I will restore the original dark color. You can also do it yourself, just buy a black patina for jewelry, sold in jewelry tool stores, and follow the manufacturer's instructions. It is easy and safe if you follow the directions. Use gloves!
- Bronze Jewelry:
To clean bronze jewelry, you will need vinegar, salt, baking soda, water, and a toothbrush.
Prepare two glasses of water, large enough to submerge your jewelry completely.
In one of the glasses, add a generous splash of vinegar and a couple of teaspoons of salt. Stir.
In the other glass, add baking soda, a teaspoon or two.
Immerse the jewel in the glass of water with vinegar and salt. Leave it submerged for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the condition of your piece. Once elapsed this time, take it out and brush it with a toothbrush. Immerse it again in baking soda (with this you clean the jewel of vinegar), and brush it with the toothbrush again. Finally, carefully and completely dry the piece.
This process will return the jewel to its initial aspect, with practically no effort.
You are always welcome to send me your pieces for any of these processes, and I will be happy to return your pieces to their original condition.