i work in precious metals so i have used rubbing alcohol, just put gold or silver in a jar, with the rubbing alcohol and wait overnight. there should be a drastic difference in shine and clarity. it does work for all types of jewelry and precious metals except for pearls and rhodium. definitely do not use this stuff on rhodium. it may cause an explosion, just maybe with rhodium.
If soaking the jewelry doesn’t clean the pieces well enough, you can use an old soft bristle toothbrush to get a more in-depth clean. Place the brush in the cleaner and gently tap around the mounting with the bristles of the brush. This should help remove any grime and dirt that may have built up in the crevices and around the mount. Dip the ring back in the solution to remove any loose dirt, rinse and place on the towel to dry.
Witch hazel is slightly acidic, and vinegar much more so, but either will work for soaking your jewelry. This cleaning method is intended for jewelry with sturdy stone settings (I wouldn’t use it for opals, pearls, or tanzanite, for example), and that is especially important to keep in mind if you’re using vinegar. Witch hazel is certainly the milder of the two, so use whichever ingredient you feel comfortable with.
Grab some wood and chipboard and get busy in some simple wood cuttings and measurements! Soon you will be having this inset jewelry cabinet hanging on your wall! A neat and low-cost jewelry storage system for those who just like it to work with hands! Door will not be work as a protection against dust but will also double up the jewelry hanging space!
I just tried this on my Tiffany’s heart and ball chain and realized after I started boiling the water I was out of baking soda…put the vigenar and salt in the boiling water anyways and poured into the pan. Wosrt thing that I figured could happen would be it wouldn’t work and I wasted a little vinegar and water..as i pourd the steaming hot liquid into the pan I WATCHED it get cleaned instantly. This works without the baking soda! I wished I had taken a video of it! Coolest thing to see happen! Thank you!
Every fashion enthusiast will love these diy jewelry ideas as they offer no expensive supply materials! Most of the needed items will be available in home or at a dollar store! After you browse the whole collections of these smart DIY jewelry ideas, you will be able to make your own stunning bracelets, mesmerizing bangles, exotic earrings and very stylish necklaces!
I tried this and it worked great for some of my pieces (all are 925 silver from Tiffany) but one of my necklaces actually turned darker. Tried the solution two more times and left it to soak, tried to use a polishing cloth after the solution under running water and no change. So bizarre because it worked like magic on all my other silver. Thoughts?
How about a necklace holder that has industrial flair? You could easily make one out of some copper pipe pieces and some copper end caps and fitting adapters. You’ll also need a piece of wood to use as a support for the whole thing. You can mix and match the pipes and fittings however you want so be creative and give it an interesting, geometric structure. Check out ehow for more details.
Remember those silhouettes that you made for your mom when you were a kid? Well, this jewelry organizer uses the same concept only you get a great bust that you can use to keep necklaces and other jewelry untangled and organized. It’s really easy and cheap to make and so adorable that you’ll want it just for the decorative purposes alone. Plus, you can use any number of templates to create it, even your own silhouette (you remember how to do those, right?). This is great for bulkier necklaces that won’t fit in the jewelry box and it would make the perfect gift.