Sterling silver jewellery is often inexpensive, has a lovely lustre, and allows for a great deal of inventiveness. However, sterling silver has one important flaw: tarnish, which occurs in persons with certain (normal!) skin types or when jewellery is stored for a long time. Today, we’ll look at 5 simple ways to clean your sterling silver jewellery safely.
Using water and soap
If your sterling silver jewellery simply has a little dust, grime, or perspiration on it, you may safely clean it with any mild dish soap or hand soap and warm water.
If you don’t dry your jewellery after cleaning it with soap and water, you’ll get faint rinse marks on it, which can reduce its natural shine.
Do you recall the word ‘Brasso’? A commercially available silver cleaning solution is also available for a few dollars. Silvo is often found in supermarkets, and while it appears to be a simple way to clean your silver, you should be aware of the following:
Silvo is moderately abrasive, so don’t scrub too hard with it or use it on intricate parts too frequently.
Silvo will cause your object to peel or thin down if it is merely silver plated.
a tube of toothpaste
Any toothpaste will help remove tarnish from silver if you don’t have Silvo on hand. However, the same precautions apply.
Creating a cleaning solution based on electrolysis
To electrolytically clean your silver jewellery, you don’t need to be an amateur scientist; all you need are a few common home products and the ability to follow guidelines. This method of jewellery cleaning is perfect for extremely intricate items when a toothbrush and ‘Silvo’ can’t reach into all the crevices. Great for sterling silver chains as well.
Here’s how to clean silver jewellery using an electrolytic cleaner:
Aluminium foil should be used to line a pot.
Fill it halfway with water to thoroughly submerge your object.
Add half a cup of baking soda to every 500ml of water.
Bring the water to a boil.
Remove the pan from the heat as soon as the water begins to boil and add your silver.
Toss your object around in the water using tongs.
Use caution if you’re using this approach on sterling silver jewellery with gemstones or cameo plating, as the hot water may damage them.