TARNISH. It gets to all of our most loved silver jewellery, and can be really tough to try and clean off. We want all of your jewellery to last and sparkle like it did when you first received it.
Forget harsh cleaning products with nasty chemicals, this method is not only eco-friendly but one of the quickest, easiest and most effective way to clean your tarnished silver jewellery. This method can be used on any pieces, from high polish to matt finish, it will safely brighten your jewellery and remove any darkened areas that may have appeared. Even better, most of the items you need for this are likely to be in your kitchen cupboards.
FACT: Silver jewellery doesn’t tarnish when you wear it as the moisture your skin produces stops the oxidisation process from taking place.
1tsp Baking soda
Ceramic or glass dish
FACT: Tarnishing is the oxidisation on metal. It starts to happen over time when items are left exposed to oxygen.
Line your dish with a sheet of aluminium foil, shiny side up. and place your silver jewellery carefully inside, you need to make sure it is touching the foil to work.
Sprinkle the baking soda into your dish, and safely pour over the boiling water; making sure it is just enough to submerge your jewellery.
Let it bubble and fizz! You should see results within a couple of minutes. Please note the not so pleasant smell is normal- and is the sulphur being removed from your jewellery.
If your item is very tarnished leave in place for up to 15 minutes.
Rinse well with water, allow the pieces to air dry on a clean soft cloth. If further cleaning is needed, or cleaning of areas around stones; use a soft toothbrush (like the bamboo one pictured) and mild eco-friendly soap, free from ammonia. Using a dish of hot water gently brush away dirt in hard to reach places.
We hope this quick guide will help you in bringing back to life your most treasured pieces of jewellery!
NB* This is a guide for cleaning silver jewellery.