March 13 2021 – Andrea Rodriguez
We all love some 925 sterling silver pieces. A huge part of having amazing jewelry to use is taking good care of it and keeping it shiny (no one loves a tarnished jewelry set).
But… we know it’s not always possible. From time to time, your piece might need a pick me up to keep its sparkle.
The first step you should always try is to polish your 925 sterling silver pieces!
HOW TO POLISH YOUR 925 STERLING SILVER?
Before trying any of the solutions or at-home methods, we highly recommend starting with the basics: polishing.
Make sure to buy a specialist silver, microfiber, or lint-free cloth. Don’t ever use tissue paper or paper towels. We know they may be easier to find but these materials might scratch your pieces!
With your cloth, make some back and forth motions along the grain of the silver until blemishes and tarnishing are removed. You’ll start to see the change and how they start to shine!
Remember: Avoid going in circular motions because it will highlight scratchers.
You’ve polished your silver and still have some dull pieces? Don’t worry.
We have 3 at-home recipes to clean your jewelry that won’t fail!
- LEMON JUICE AND OLIVE OIL
Check your kitchen cabinets and find some lemons and olive oil.
Mix some lemon juice and olive oil together until you get a thin paste. Dip your cloth and start buffing!
The combination of acids in the lemon juice and the oil will help your stains melt away in a matter of minutes.
- BAKING SODA AND ALUMINUM FOIL
Do you remember those cool high-school science experiments? This will feel just like one.
First, boil a liter of water. Once it’s boiling, add one tablespoon of baking soda to the pot… AND a piece of aluminum foil (Yes! You read that right!)
Remove your mix from the heat. Take your jewelry and place it inside of the water for around 10 seconds, maybe just a few seconds longer if the tarnish is heavy.
Take them out, buff it with a slightly abrasive cloth, and voilà, you have shiny jewelry again.
- BAKING SODA AND VINEGAR
And last but not least, try mixing some baking soda and vinegar. This solution is also a really great at-home option. All you need are products you most likely already own!
This is a slow-burning method (so you need to be a little more patient), but the results are as great as the other two!
Combine half a cup of white vinegar and two tablespoons of baking soda in a glass. Put your sterling silver piece inside the mix and allow it to sit for three hours. Then rinse and buff dry.
Any of these three methods will help you keep your jewelry shiny as new without having to buy any additional products and from the comfort of your house.
If you decide to try any of these methods don’t forget to tag us on social media @golden_tangerine to see your before and after pictures!
Remember that at Golden Tangerine, we sell high quality 925 sterling silver everyday pieces. Our collections are designed and made in the Mediterranean.