Monday, August 24, 2009

How to clean your sterling silver

Is your Sterling Silver Jewelry looking a little tarnished? Does it need some sprucing up? I did a little research and found some natural ways to clean your sterling silver jewelry.

Aluminum foil-For your badly tarnished jewelry, here is an easy natural way to clean it. Cover the inside bottom of a glass heat proof dish and place a piece of aluminum foil, shiny side up inside it. Put the tarnished silver in the bottom of the dish and add 1 big tablespoon of baking soda, and then slowly pour boiling water over it until it covers the piece. The tarnish will gradually collect on the aluminum foil and clean the sterling. This is my favorite way to clean my jewelry when I have many pieces that need to be cleaned at once.

Baking soda-For just one piece of jewelry a baking soda paste is better. Make a paste out of baking soda and water. Rub the piece of jewelry gently and then rinse with water and polish dry with a soft cloth. It's amazing how well the baking soda works.

Toothpaste-You can also use toothpaste to clean off tarnish. Coat the silver with toothpaste, then run it under warm water, and work it into a foam. Rinse off. For stubborn stains or where there is a lot of hard to reach places, use a soft toothbrush. The toothbrush works great at getting inside grooves or on chains.
To maintain that sparkle: We recommend keeping it in a ziploc bag when not in use. This will help keep it safe from air, which aids in tarnishing. Give it a touch up cleaning with a soft polishing jewelry cloth. Only get it wet when rinsing off the baking soda or toothpaste. NEVER using liquid jewelry cleaner.
Hopefully this helps you clean up your jewelry and add a little bit of bling. Our cute jewelry girl just sent us a bunch of her new creations. Stop on in and take a look!