Tips for Bringing the Shine Back to Your Sterling Silver

by Karen on March 17, 2009

I’m sure that we all have a piece of silver jewelry that we would like to ware but it has become tarnished from being exposed to the air over time. It is actually the metal part of the alloy that causes tarnishing since pure silver, just like gold, is resistant to oxidation. To make your silver shiny again you can rub the piece with a cotton cloth or a jewelers polishing cloth. For pieces that are extremely tarnished you will need to add polishing paste. 

Here’s another tip which is great for more intricate pieces. Cover the bottom of a dishpan with tin foil. Pour hot water into the dishpan and add a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of baking soda. Place your sterling silver pieces into the mixture. Make sure that your silver pieces are positioned close to one other. Also be sure that they are touching the tin foil. Through a chemical reaction the tarnish will be transferred to the tin foil. Soak your sterling silver pieces for at least five minutes. Remove your like new pieces and rinse and dry.

The ultimate method for polishing silver jewelry that does not contain soft stones is a tumbler. More on this method in another post.

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Karen Zaorski May 25, 2009 at 7:18 am

I do love this method of cleaning silver jewelry. It works wonders with a delicate piece of jewelry that you’re wary of rubbing too hard with a silver cloth.

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