Blackened accessories are not aesthetic.
In time, jewelry tends to acquire a darkened shade due to the humidity and the ozone in the air. Normally, pure gold or silver jewelries do not blacken easily.
Silver and gold jewelries are mixed with various other less pure and less resistant metals and that is why some jewelries blacken faster than other, each company having their own policy regarding the composition, some having more pure composition that other.
How to recondition blackened jewelry by yourself?
Gold jewelry do not normally change color, but they do loose shininess. To give that back what you need to do is to soak them in warm water in which you put liquid detergent and you leave them over night. In the morning, just gently wipe them with a soft cloth.
Gold can also be cleaned using toothpaste.
Silver tends to blacken in time, as opposed to gold. To get rid of this unwanted shade, mix half a tea spoon of baking soda with a glass of water. Apply the obtained paste on your silver jewelry using a soft cloth. Leave that to act for a couple of minutes and then gently rub the jewelry using a toothbrush. Rinse and wipe with a soft cloth.
You can also use a slice of lemon and rub it on the silver jewelry. You can also combine that with ash or ashes to increase efficiency and to get a better result.
HOW TO PREVENT JEWELRY FROM BLACKENING?
- Remove your jewelry before getting into the shower, gym, tanning at the beach or when you sleep
- Shininess decreases when in contact with sweat, perfume or body lotions, therefore, try to avoid the contact
- Keep your jewelry in soft cloth little sacks, which you can buy.