I have an addiction. And it is pretty. Most of the time, anyway. I love, love, love silver jewelry. Often I can find it inexpensively and admit to having far more Express jewelry than is advisable. But over time, it easily becomes tarnished, and sometimes jewelry cleaners don't work that well or leave behind ugly residue. I've found this amazing "recipe" for cleaning silver jewelry via Home Jewelry Business Success Tips. I've used it on a bunch of jewelry with great success with only a few minutes in the "bath," and am leaving really tarnished items overnight. It's like getting a new jewelry wardrobe!
How long do you need to keep your silver in the solution? The results may be immediate, or they may take a few minutes. However, if an item is very tarnished, this cleaning method will not make your jewelry perfectly clean and looking like new. Additional polishing will still be needed.
We do not recommend this cleaning method for jewelry that has precious or semi-precious stones. Though after a little research we discovered that a lot of people (including silversmiths) have used this method for cleaning gemstone jewelry with no ill effect, we don't think it's worth the risk of damaging your stones. Also, be aware that this method is not good for antiqued (oxidized) silver, as cleaning will remove the antiqued finish on the silver along with the tarnish.
Great tips. I clean my jewelry rather be silver or gold with any toothpaste and it works well.
thanks for this tip to clean silver jewelry. Wonder if this works on silverware? I have silver serving dishes that sure need some spiffing up. I hate maintaining these things and if they weren't family heirlooms I'd get rid of them in a heartbeat