Ever wondered why jewelry turns your skin green or why jewelers wear gloves? These and more answers below (#3 is so satisfying).
Hello to all jewelry lovers out there. We're answering the most common questions you've asked us and if you don't find answers to your questions, make sure to comment below, we'll write about it next. Let's get started.
1. Why jewelry turns skin green?
It's either because of a chemical reaction between acids in your skin and the metal of the ring, or because of a reaction between another substance on your hand, such as a lotion, and the metal of the ring. It's not an allergic reaction though, it's a normal thing happening to most of the people when wearing jewelry made of cheap materials.
Sometimes gold and silver also turn your skin green as they are not made entirely of one material.
2. Which type of jewelry does not tarnish?
Let's start with affordable ones that are used to make costume jewelry. Brass and sterling silver will tarnish over the time but aluminum and stainless steel will save their color.
Gold Plating over Base Metal will probably tarnish.This depends on the base metal. When the plating wears away, the base metal will be exposed and the jewelry will most likely tarnish. But if the plating is done over Silver, then after the Gold wears out, the base metal will remain Silver.
Gold is one of the least reactive chemical elements. Pure gold does not combine easily with oxygen so it stays shiny, it does not rust nor tarnish. The higher the karat of a gold jewelry is, the less likely it is to tarnish. And let's not forget that Gold is the most attractive, shiny, expensive-looking metal for jewelry that lasts forever.
3. How to clean your SILVER jewelry at home?
Step 1. Take a cup with aluminum foil and fill in with salt, baking soda, and dish washing soap.
Step 2. Add hot water and drop in your jewelry, letting it sit for a few minutes. Then you'll see black stuff coming out to the top of the water. Satisfying right?
Step 3. Then scrub with a toothbrush, and dry with a paper towel.
Attention! Do this mostly with Silver and steel jewelry as other metals are not water resistant.
For jewelry made of Gold and Diamonds, please, make sure to visit your local jeweler as there's no better way to clean them rather than having a professional touch.
4. Why do jewelers wear gloves?
Gloves protect items from hand oils, dirt or other things resulting from skin contact. When the gloves are used, they don't leave smudges or fingerprints on your jewelry so it looks like just out of the factory even if it has been on the stand for a few months (or years) already. Jewelers and jewelry shop workers always wear gloves otherwise they'll have to polish and clean the jewelry every time they show it to the customer. Gloves made of clothes usually give extra shine to the jewelry after you touch or pass over them.
Hope this information was helpful and you enjoyed reading it. More answers to your why, what, where coming next. Adios!