Heat, makeup, and exposure to air can dull and darken your jewelry. Sooner or later, you will have to have your jewelry restored to make them look like new again. Instead of going out to have your fashion jewelry restored, just restore your jewelry at home so that you’ll be able to save time and money. Having your jewelry restored at a jewelry restoration service takes time and money because the staff won’t be able to attend to your jewelry right away. It is better to just buy some cleaning tools and materials and just restore them at home. It is easy to restore your own jewelry to its former beauty and you can do it yourself at home without any special equipment. Read this short guide to learn how to restore your own jewelry at home.
Things You Will Need to Restore Jewelry
The things you will need to restore your jewelry are talcum powder, cornstarch, straight pin, water (warm, cold and lukewarm), mild liquid soap, clean cloth, ammonia, soft-bristled toothbrush, small bowl, rubbing alcohol, clean towel, baking soda, toothpick, super glue, padded jewelry box, and jeweler’s cloth. You can buy most of these cleaning tools and materials at your
local hardware store or cleaning supplies store. After getting all of these tools and materials, you can start cleaning and restoring your jewelry.
Get the Kinks Out
First, get the kinks out of your chain jewelry. Sprinkle the tangled and knotted chains of your jewelry with talcum powder or cornstarch to help untangle it. If the knot is too tight, get a straight pin and push it through the middle of the knot. Twist and turn the pin gently to release the tangled chain of your jewelry.
Cleaning and Restoring your Gold Jewelry
After untangling the chains your jewelry, you can start the restoration process. If your fashion jewelry is made of gold, you will need to wash them in an ammonia solution. In a small bowl, mix two teaspoons of mild liquid soap, one cup warm water, and one drop of ammonia. Soak your gold jewelry in the solution for up to five minutes. After five minutes, take your gold jewelry out of the ammonia solution then brush them lightly with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Rinse the jewelry in lukewarm water to get rid of any ammonia residue. Wipe the gold jewelry with rubbing alcohol to make it shinier.
Cleaning and Restoring your Silver Jewelry
If your jewelry is made of silver, you will need to wash them in a liquid detergent solution. Mix one cup of warm water and two to three drops of liquid detergent in a small bowl. Soak your silver jewelry in the liquid detergent solution for a minute or two. Get a soft, clean cloth and
wipe your jewelry to clean them up. Rinse your silver jewelry in cold water then blot them with a clean towel to dry them up. For stubborn tarnish stains, make a paste of three parts of baking soda with one part water. Wet the jewelry with water then apply the baking soda paste with a soft, clean cloth. After rubbing out the stains, rinse the jewelry in cold water and let them dry on a clean towel.
Gluing Loose Stones
If your jewelry has loose stones, use super glue to secure them after you have finished cleaning and restoring your jewelry. Apply one to three small drops of super glue to the stone’s base.
Make sure that the glue does not overflow or harden on the top of the stone. Use a toothpick to apply the glue if you don’t have a steady hand.