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Patina on jewelry

Patina on jewelry: how to get rid of it?


Patina is something that makes our jewelry lose its shine. And if the shine loses the object that was made to have this shine – then you have to save yourself! Almost every woman has certain ornaments in her jewelry collection that are of special importance to her. It can be a mummy or grandmother’s memento, a gift from a loved one, or an item of sentimental value with some nice memories – such as our beloved engagement ring. Such jewelry is treated with special care. No wonder that many people start to worry when they see a disturbing coating called patina on it. The good news, however, is that the patina is easy to remove with home remedies! But what exactly is patina? How to effectively get rid of patina from your favorite jewelry?

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What is patina and how is it made?

Patina is sometimes also known as patina and noble verdigris. Simply put, it is the last stage of the corrosion process that occurs on items made of copper and its alloys. It is visible in the form of an irregular light green, brown or gray bloom. Patina is formed by the action of weather conditions, it is formed under the influence of moisture and carbon monoxide. Interestingly, artificial patination is a popular decorative treatment used to visually age objects. However, when the patina appears on your favorite jewelry, we want to get rid of it as soon as possible to be able to fully enjoy the beauty of our ornaments.

We get rid of the patina – it is worth remembering

Before we start removing the patina from our precious jewelry, it is worth remembering a few important tips. Jewelry cleaning should be carried out with great care and delicacy. Use only soft cloths and do not use too much force. Otherwise, unsightly scratches or scratches may appear on our decoration. A piece of flannel or a chamois cloth will work well for cleaning. Do not allow stains to form on the copper element. After rinsing it in water, it is best to let it dry naturally, and then additionally polish it. Thanks to the application of these simple tips, we do not have to worry that we will damage our valuable item.


Lemon juice will remove the patina

Juice squeezed from fresh lemon is a real killer of corrosion marks on jewelry! You can cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt on it, then rub over the tarnished ornament. After a short while, even a thick layer of patina should disappear! This method will work especially in the case of large ornaments. What to do when the raid appears on small earrings or a ring? In this case, it’s best to prepare a lemon juice solution with baking soda. Soak a soft cloth in the solution and scrub the jewelry under running water.
Salt with vinegar – a homemade way to remove patina from jewelry

Lemon juice is not the only remedy that effectively removes patina – especially when it comes to silver. You can also use a mixture of vinegar and salt to clean dirty jewelery. Add salt and vinegar in a ratio of 1: 1 to the boiling water. Then, place our ornament in a container with a solution and leave it for about 3 hours. After this time, rinse it with hot water and polish it. The jewelry will look like new!

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