Over time, jewelry tends to oxidize, lose color and luster, as well as acquire a greenish or blackish hue. There is a practical and inexpensive solution to recover rusty rings, earrings and bracelets. Let’s see it together!
Blackened jewelry: clean them this way and they will shine like new
Costume jewelry is made from various types of materials such as steel, aluminum, brass, leather. Because of their low cost, it is common to have earrings, necklaces and rings that, over time, end up oxidizing and losing all their shine. Perhaps one of the most obvious signs is the blackening of these accessories. But don’t despair, here we offer a basic guide to have your jewelry looking like it just came out of the store.
Baking soda and toothpaste
The most effective and environmentally friendly way to clean oxidized jewelry is to use baking soda with toothpaste and a little water. All you should do is mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda plus ½ tablespoon of toothpaste in a small bowl with 1/2 cup of warm water. Mix well until you create a kind of soapy water. Dip the brush blue in, soak it well, and with it begin to deep clean the accessory. After cleaning the piece, wipe it dry with a clean, dry cloth, preferably a soft suede or microfiber cloth.
A very effective trick to keep the metal from rusting is to put on a protective layer of Vaseline and let it dry before use.
Toothpaste or cola
There are also those who prefer to clean blackened jewelry just by using toothpaste or soaking it in a glass of cola, two solutions within reach of any pocket. For example, to clean a blackened ring, apply toothpaste to a recycled toothbrush and then scrub off the dirt on the ring or jewelry in question. This trick is very effective for cleaning silver at home, although if your jewelry is silver-plated, it will work wonders!
Something that often happens with some rings is that when you wear them, they stain your finger with a yellowish-green tinge. To prevent this from happening, apply a layer of clear polish or a colorless nail polish to prevent the ring from losing color when it comes in contact with your skin. We assure you that this is a trick that greatly extends the life of the jewelry!
Tips to prevent jewelry from turning black
There is a very simple and practical trick to prolong the life of jewelry: apply a polish to give shine, the transparent kind. This way it is protected from external agents, prolonging its life. In addition, you can follow the following tips to prevent your rings and bracelets from rusting or losing their shine:
Never mix accessories. It is best if they are all stored separately
Never store silver or gold jewelry together with all costume jewelry to prevent them from damaging the composition of the others.
Try not to use soap, perfume or water often when wearing your jewelry.