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How to Clean Silver Jewelry


As a consumer, you are probably aware that in time your silver jewelry will oxidize and become tarnished, but there are many things you can do to restore its original luster and prevent tarnishing.

Cleaning Argentium® Sterling Silver

This kind of silver is very tarnish-resistant and only requires a minimal amount of care. You can clean it with a mild detergent and lukewarm water, and to bring back its shine, use a special polishing cloth made for polishing this kind of jewelry.

Cleaning Traditional Silver

In this case, you have two options and can use the one that seems most appropriate. Here are your choices:

  • If you use a commercial cleaner, be sure that the gemstones won’t be damaged by the chemicals the cleaner contains. They include pearls, coral, opals, turquoise, and coral, along with others.
  • Prepare a light solution of ammonia and water on a soft cloth or an old tooth brush, but take the same precautions that you would when using a commercial cleaner.

Taking Care of Your jewelry

To prevent your silver jewelry from tarnishing when you aren’t wearing it, be sure to store it in an airtight container, and keep the container in a jewelry box to prevent oxidation from air and moisture. To clean your jewelry at home, using an eight-ounce container, combine one inch each of cleaning detergent, dish-washing liquid, and ammonia, fill the container with water, and shake it well. You can heat the solution slightly in your microwave oven or allow it to simmer in a pot you no longer use for cooking on top of the stove. Allow your jewelry to soak in the solution for approximately 10 minutes. Then remove it and rinse the items well.

If your jewelry is only filmy, dull, or beginning to tarnish, dip a soft cloth in mild dish detergent and warm water, and rub it on the pieces. Then rinse the items in cold water and polish them with a soft cloth until they are dry. If you are unsatisfied with the results, make a paste with one part water to three parts baking soda. Apply the mixture with a lint-free cloth, work it into the crevices, and turn the cloth as it becomes discolored. Then rinse and dry your jewelry immediately.



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