Sure, it sounds kind of odd to put your gold jewelry in a glass of lager, but it’s for a good cause! Do you have some gold jewelry lying around that you don’t wear because it has changed colour over the years and it just looks grimy now? That’s a shame, because you can easily revive gold jewelry with this simple trick. All you need is your jewelry, some beer and a clean cloth. Dull-looking and discolored jewelry and beer are a ‘golden’ combination.
Let’s start at the beginning. Silver jewelry reacts to environmental substances, such as air, water and dust. This makes it look dull and dark. Especially oxygen makes them look darker, but water also causes corrosion. We call this process oxidation. Pure gold cannot oxidize. However, pure gold is too soft to forge jewelry from.
Did you know that jewelry like diamond (or fake diamond) rings can be made to shine again if you brush them with a soft toothbrush and a little bit of toothpaste? You can also use this trick for your silver jewelry. Afterwards, rinse the jewelry with water and let it dry.
Because pure gold is too brittle to use, your gold jewelry is usually made out of copper, nickel or zinc surrounded with gold plating. These materials can oxidize, which is why your gold jewelry can start looking a little worse for wear.
Luckily the solution is quite easy, and most people will probably already have all the needed ingredients at home. All you need is a glass of beer. Simply put your gold jewelry in a glass or bowl of beer and let it sit for about ten minutes. Once the ten minutes have passed, take the jewelry out and dry it with a clean kitchen towel or cloth. You will see that your jewelry will shine like never before. It will have returned to its original colour and look new again.