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How To: Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry

*** Warning: This method is recommended only for jewelry that are all-sterling-silver and those that incorporate plastic or glass beads. [Pieces in the photos have Austrian crystal and glass pearls.] Some gemstones are affected by the baking soda reaction.

  1. Line a glass (or plastic) container with a slightly crumpled sheet of aluminum foil (shiny side up).

    Clean sterling silver with aluminum foil

  2. Lay your jewelry on the foil, making sure all of the sterling silver pieces are in contact with the aluminum foil.

  3. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the jewelry.

    Clean sterling silver with baking soda

  4. Pour enough boiling water into the container to immerse the jewelry. The cleaning action results in some bubbling and a slight odor.

    Clean sterling silver with hot water

  5. Soak for a few minutes. You will notice the difference right away. Using a wood or plastic utensil, gently move the pieces around to ensure that all the silver surfaces come in contact with the aluminum.

  6. Rinse jewelry under tap water and gently wipe dry.

  7. Polish with a soft cloth.

  8. To minimize tarnishing, store sterling silver in a moisture-free environment.


    Tarnished sterling silver Clean sterling silver

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