Jewellery can significantly elevate your fashion style, which is why it's important you choose only those pieces who are either quality and expensive or affordable but look very similar to fine jewellery. Even though you may have paid big bucks for your gold, silver or diamond jewellery, unless they're stored properly in an air-tight box, they will tarnish over time. However, just because your necklaces and diamond rings don't have the good old sparkle as they used to, it doesn't mean they can't have it back. With the following few tricks, you can easily polish your jewellery and make it look brand new.
If you have jewellery made of copper, and you’ve noticed that it doesn’t look vintage anymore but it’s leaning more towards dingy, you should give it a good polish. The best way to save your copper necklaces, watches or bracelets is to polish them with ketchup. Because it’s highly acidic, ketchup will help get rid of all the grit and grime that has accumulated on your copper jewellery. All you need to do is pour a bit of ketchup on a soft cloth and start polishing. Rinse it with water and watch it shine again.
Gold jewellery will need a bit of polishing from time to time too, and beer is one of the best home cleaners for this type of fine jewellery. All you need is a glass of beer and a soft cloth. Dip the cloth in beer and start polishing your jewellery. You’ll notice the shine within seconds. If you like to shop for fine jewellery and you have diamond rings in your collection too, you can easily bring their old shine back with Alka seltzer. Grab a medium-sized bowl and fill it with warm water. Then put a couple of Alka Seltzer tablets and the jewellery in the bowl. After 25 minutes, take the jewellery out and clean with a dry cloth. Hydrogen peroxide is another powerful jewellery polish, and it will make your diamond ring shine bright again. Just use a cap full of hydrogen peroxide and pour it in a cup. Dip the ring inside the cup and leave it for a few minutes. Rinse it with water and see how it sparkles again.
When it comes to silver jewellery, baking soda does miracles. Tarnish is the most noticeable on silver, and this is especially true if you wear it often. Coming in contact with your skin all the time and being exposed to air pollutants just adds layers of grift and grime, which baking soda easily removes. One of the ways to polish jewellery with baking soda is to put it on an old damp toothbrush you’re not using anymore and start scrubbing. Alternatively, you can cover the inside of a glass bowl with aluminium foil, and put 1 tbsp of baking soda inside. Put jewellery in a bowl and boil 200 ml of water, which you’ll pour over the jewellery. Leave it inside for five minutes and use a soft cloth to wipe the water off. Your jewellery will look as if you’ve just brought it from the store. To stop tarnish in the future, put jewellery on after your perfume. This will prevent it from sticking to your silver.
For brass items, salt and lemon juice will do wonders. Use a damp sponge and squeeze half a lemon on it. Pour a teaspoon of salt over the sponge as well and start scrubbing the jewellery. Rinse the salt and lemon juice with water after all the grime has been scrubbed down. This will restore your brass to its original gleam. Aside from lemon juice and salt, vinegar can also make your brass jewellery shine again. All you need to do is dissolve 1 teaspoon of salt in 1/2 cup of vinegar. Add enough flour to make a paste, and start rubbing the mixture onto the brass. Once you’ve covered all the surface, leave it on for 10 minutes. Finish the cleaning by rinsing and buffing the jewellery dry.
Jewellery requires appropriate storage to stay free from tarnish. That's why you should keep it in air-tight boxes away from humidity. In case you do notice grift and grime accumulating, use some of the aforementioned tricks to turn it to its old gleam.