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How to clean a ring?

How to clean a ring?

The simplest ring looks very attractive if it is clean. But over time, any piece of jewellery loses its lustre by being exposed to external influences. To restore it, you need cleaning. But to know how to clean a ring or other piece of jewellery, you need to know what materials it was made of. "FJewellery" offers a wide range of jewellery in different materials. Each one has its own specific characteristics.

Special features for cleaning gold objects

Gold rings are probably the most common type of jewellery. They look beautiful and presentable. Even if you think to keep clean them, over time they will fade and lose their appearance. In some cases, cleaning with household items will help to cope with the problem. It's easy and you can do it yourself. But to avoid damaging your jewellery, you need to know the type of gold and its grade.

As you know, jewellery gold is a mixture of metals. Their percentage varies depending on the sample. For example, 9ct gold has a high content of third-party metals (the gold content in this composition accounts is only 37.5%), 14k gold contains 58.5% of gold and 18k - 75% of gold. Metal impurities oxidise over time, change colour and the jewellery loses its attractiveness. “How to make my tarnished old ring shine again?” - is a very common question.

Jewellery gold contains copper, silver and other elements. There are therefore several types of gold (depending on the percentage of the metals). Caring for each of them has its own nuances:

1. Yellow gold. Traditional composition. The main additives are copper and silver. Moreover, the percentage of silver should be higher. This gives the alloy an exquisite sunny colour. To clean yellow gold objects inside or outside, use:

Attention. Do not use chlorine or acetone or abrasive materials for cleaning purposes.

2. Rose gold. An exceptionally beautiful alloy that is now becoming increasingly popular in jewellery. The delicate pink colour is obtained by adding copper and silver to gold (the percentage of copper is higher than that of silver, and the more copper, the redder the hue). It is best to clean rose gold jewellery in warm soapy water. Do not boil the rose gold jewellery.

3. White gold. It is a mixture of pure gold and silver, to which nickel and palladium have been added. Nickel gives the precious metal its characteristic tint. White gold rings are cleaned in the same way as yellow ones, subject to certain peculiarities:

An engagement ring or other smooth gold jewellery that is not fitted with stones and decorations is the easiest to clean. Rings with gemstones are much harder to clean as many of them are very sensitive to external influences. Moreover, each gemstone requires special treatment:

How to clean platinum or silver rings

The ring has gone black? Don’t panic! Silver oxidises when exposed to oxygen. It loses its former colour. A dark coating (patina) forms on it. If your silver jewellery turning black, don’t rush to throw it away. The situation can be corrected even at home:

Salt and baking soda are effective cleaners for sterling silver. This method will help you:

Platinum is particularly strong and resistant to oxidation. The same cleaning methods are suitable for it as for gold. The best way to clean platinum jewellery without precious stones, such as a massive signet or eternity ring, is to boil it over low heat in water and detergent. A solution of sugar and water can also help restore the lustre of platinum.

If a cloudy ring cannot be restored to its original lustre using simple methods, it is better to seek help from a jeweller. No matter how much does it cost to clean, it will cost many times less than buying new jewellery. If you have a vintage ring, it is best to have it cleaned by a master. As a rule, such things require special care. You can also ask your jeweller for advice on the following points:

Those who decided to buy a new piece of jewellery are invited to visit the "FJewellery" online shop. The assortment includes a huge selection of wedding rings - without stones and exquisite solitaire, as well as jewellery for all occasions. You can buy them as a gift or for your own pleasure. All of the jewellery in this catalog are exquisite and of impeccable quality. You can view pictures, compare the rings you like and choose the perfect piece for you.