Cleaning Silver Jewellery by LotusMoon

Tarnish

The air around us contains small amounts of sulphur in the form of hydrogen sulphide. It is this sulphide which reacts with the surface layer of silver to form silver sulphide (tarnish).

How to Remove

Use of many commercial cleaners and all abrasive cleanser/polishes is discouraged as they will remove eccessive silver as well as the tarnish from the surface. Gemstone damage may also result.

So, the idea is to remove the tarnish rather than silver, while being kind to the gemstone! A simple and easy way is with the LotusMoon Polishing Cloth.

But much LotusMoon silver chain and many of our more ornate settings make for hard-to-clean places. A neat way to clean these (and also plain items) is with natural baking soda.
Just rinse the jewellery in a solution of baking soda and hot water in a small aluminium tray. In the solution the aluminium attracts the sulphide off the silver; with stirring, the aluminium becomes tarnished and the silver, sparkling bright.

This is easy to do in your kitchen as follows,

Note: Do not use this method on gemstone jewellery containing porous cabochon stones like turquoise, coral and lapis lazuli. Especially with turquoise, damage to the gemstone can result. For these items just use warm water only and a soft cloth. See special precautions when cleaning turquoise jewellery.

  1. get a small aluminium tray, or line a glass dish with aluminium foil.
  2. place the silver jewellery to be cleaned in the tray.
  3. shake in enough baking soda to just cover the jewellery.
  4. Add a pinch of table salt
  5. Pour over some boiling water; enough to cover.
  6. Notice the hissing and bubbling as the reaction takes place.
  7. Stir gently, keeping the silverware in contact with the aluminium, until the reaction stops – usually just a few moments. If there is still baking soda left in the tray, add more hot water.
  8. Rinse the item with warm tap water and inspect the jewellery. Repeat steps 2 – 7 if there is still tarnish.

DO ensure you rinse well to remove all excess baking soda. Then gently dry and buff with a soft clean cloth or a LotusMoon polishing cloth.