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Friday, January 18, 2013

How to store and clean your sterling silver jewelry


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

This well know phrase can be applied to so many areas of life.
And it's no exception when it comes to your jewelry either. 

You can find all sorts of adorable jewelry storage ideas on Pinterest.
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But these should really be kept for your costume jewelry and not your fine pieces.
One of the simplest ways to store your jewelry and keep those gorgeous metals from tarnishing is to keep them in a small resealable plastic bag.  This will help to hinder the oxidation process on the surface of sterling silver and keep your jewelry looking shiny and new.

Sterling Silver reacts with the moisture in the air which produces a layer of tarnish on the surface.  If you do have some pieces that  have gotten tarnished, there is a cool chemistry trick can help you
transfer the tarnish from your jewelry onto aluminum.
No lab coat or goggles required :) 

All you need is baking soda, boiling water, and aluminum foil.  Easy right?
It's the simple and organic way to polish your sterling silver. 

1. Grab some baking soda, aluminum foil, and a glass or plastic baking dish.

 2. Boil water
It doesn't have to be a lot, just enough to submerge the jewelry.

I have several pieces in this batch
3. Line the glass or plastic backing dish with slightly crumpled aluminum foil.
4. Lay your jewelry on top of the foil so that the silver parts are touching the foil.
5. Lightly sprinkle baking soda on top of the jewelry.

  6. Pour the boiling water over the jewelry until it is submerged.  Let sit for a minute or two.
7. Take the item(s) out and rinse with tap water.  Then buff with a clean soft cloth.



For particularly bad pieces, you may need to repeat the process to get all the tarnish off.

Any there you have it!
Easy peasy right?

8 comments:

  1. Whoa! This is so cool!! It's like a mini-science experiment :) I have several small pieces of sterling silver, and I definitely want to try this!! Thanks for sharing! Hope you've been doing well my friend! Have a wonderful weekend :)

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  2. No way! Love learning things like this:) Thank you!

    And wanted you to know you are a positive inspiration for having TMJ and not letting it get the best of you. I guess we all have a cross to carry and its how we choose to carry it that matters;)

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  3. thank you for this!! can't wait to try it out :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing your expertise! I'm always trying to find ways that aren't harsh to clean jewelry. Definitely bookmarking this!

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  5. You are the jewelry expert!! I would never have even thought about this. Thanks, Krista!!

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  6. these are great great tips! thank you, girlie! i suppose all my jewelry in one box isn't the way to go. ; ) time to get it a bit organized!

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  7. oh this is so easy to do, thank you for this tutorial!! i have a few pieces that have gotten tarnished that i need clean, thanks krista!

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  8. Such a useful thing to know, thanks so much! I store mine right now on a branch with pens on my wall that I made last year, but some of the pieces could definitely use a good cleaning!
    Happy Friday!
    xo Hannah
    thebraidedbandit.blogspot.com
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