Cleaning Silver

Cleaning in this manner will remove all patina off the silver. Some designs intentionally use a combination of patinated and lighter or shiny silver for contrast and will require a different polishing method to lighten up selected areas of silver.

Use a different cleaning method for any jewelry that has glued components because pearls, opals, or other items which may have been glued into jewelry may loosen in the hot water.

If the jewelry contains glass or other heat sensitive objects, avoid temperature shock with a sudden pour of hot water by transitioning the pieces from cold to incrementally hotter water.

2 Tbsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. salt
Hot water
One aluminum pie pan (or a glass dish with a sheet of aluminum foil inside on the bottom)
Soft dry cloth

Combine all ingredients into the pan or dish with foil placed on the bottom of the dish. Mix the water until the salt and soda dissolve.

Place silver jewelry into pan/dish making sure the silver is touching the aluminum. Wait 2 to 3 minutes.

Rinse the jewelry thoroughly in water.

Dry the jewelry thoroughly with a soft dry cloth. AVOID drying jewelry with any paper product as even soft paper will scratch silver.