If you’ve ever had a favorite piece that you’ve worn so much, you kind of forgot to take care of it BUT, you don’t want to pay the price to have a professional cleaning, then we have the answer for you. Or perhaps there’s a piece that was long forgotten but now you’ve found it behind your dresser during a move! However, its covered in a dark tarnish and lacks its original luster. Well we also have a solution. We all want our jewelry to last a lifetime, possibly even passing them down to the little ones, and these few ways will help you keep your jewelry shining bright and beautiful for time to come.
This first method is for those dark with loss or love
First, you will need…
1 Cup of boiling water
1 tablespoon of baking soda
1 tablespoon white salt
½ cup of white vinegar
Sheet of tinfoil
Boil the water. While it’s simmering up, line the bottom of the bowl with the tinfoil, shiny side up. You can literally just cover the bowl in the tinfoil. Then, add the salt and baking soda to the bottom of the bowl. Add the vinegar slowly (prepare for the fizz) and mix everything together to dissolve the salt and baking soda. You want all the granules to dissolve so that they don’t scratch your pieces (always thinking…).
Add the boiling water to your bowl and then gently drop each piece of silver in the bowl. Just let it sit, the chemical reaction does all the work for you. If you wish, you can flip them over with salad tongs, just to ensure that both sides get exposure to the tinfoil.
Take each piece out carefully, being sure not to burn yourself, and buff it gently with your polishing cloth. You should start to see all the tarnish come off and all the original glory of your silver come back!
2) This next method is for those with an intermediate amount of oxidation. The brush really helps get off those smudges…
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon dish detergent
1 cup hot water
Gather what you need for making the jewelry cleaner. You can use your favorite dish detergent to add a serious grease-busting aspect to this concoction. The salt, baking soda, and aluminum foil create a chemical exchange called an ion transfer, which naturally cleans metals.
3) This method is for those with just a little amount of wear and tear…
Line a Cookie Sheet or Cake Pan with Foil (Shiny Side Up)
Heat 2 Cups of Hot Water
Add 1 Tbsp. Baking Soda & 1 Tbsp. Salt
Pour Hot Water Mixture over jewelry
Soak for 10 Min, then remove from water and wipe with soft dry cloth
As you can see baking soda is the main cleaning ingredient. like steel wool, emery paper and sandpaper can all be used to help with tarnish. But those products aren’t always around. Baking soda is a common household item and it has been used for ages in all types of cleaning purposes including our teeth! It has major cleaning capabilities that will leave your jewelry as shiny as when you first fell in love with them.
Now after you have your jewelry clean you”ll want to be able to find them again so they don’t get tarnished and also keep them away from dirty harmful surfaces. Here are a few ways to stylishly (and cheaply) store and display all your fabulous jewels.
1) First we start off with simple jewelry specific displays. A cute cheap frame from Hobby Lobby (They always have dozens for 50% off) and add some insulation tubes and voila, you have an adorable and chic way to display your rings that rivals store displays. (Use some gold or silver spray paint to give it a royal touch)
2) Next, it seems so obvious, but sometimes we just need a hand to guide the way. Incredibly cute and cheap vases (found at a local Walmart or your favorite thrift store) come in handy to display your many bracelets. We love items with multiple uses.
3) Necklaces like to become tangled and wrapped around each other, but this handy towel rack (Ross or Target) keeps them separated while displaying each one beautifully. You’ll be able to easily see which might go best with your outfit of the day.
Perhaps you don’t own a treasure trunk of jewels, or you want a place to display your perfect go to pieces. This three tiered tray (search around Family Dollar or Dollar Tree) is a perfect set up that keeps your jewelry within reach. Or stack plates on top of candle holders for the same effect. (And it leaves room for your favorite scent and maybe even a little case of candy to treat yourself while you get ready.)
5) Here we have a fun way to set up all your different jewelry displays. The necklace display can be done with a piece of wood finished in whatever color you choose, with multiple hooks pushed into the surface side by side to hold the necklaces. And in this set up a charming tray is used to house bracelets and other jewels that won’t get so tangled.
6) In this display we have a super creative neckalce tree that you can use to hang anything on. Necklaces, bracelets, rings you name it. But if you want to split it up, the tree can be used for necklaces and rings. While you utilize cute glass character bowls in different sizes to store your bracelets. With a few other decorative trinkets you’ll have both organization and a beautiful display.
7) Here we have the use of various ideas we have already discussed, which comes in handy when you’ve accumulated a significant amount of jewelry pieces. The frame can be backed by chicken wire, an old screen, or even strips of lace or wire. Necklaces can be hung from the pegs for hats or coats and add hooks to hang them from rods.
In the end, there are so many ways to display your jewelry it really comes down to the look that you want. The necklace tree is a start, but anything that has similar limb structure. The wooden pegs for a hat are easily replaceable with any structure long enough for room to hang something (check out Home Depot for knobs) Any old bowl can be transformed into a stylish display for your jewelry. It’s important to think outside the box and have fun. Since that’s probably why you bought the jewelry in the first place.