Silver jewellery is a delicate, pretty addition to any ensemble – but time and handling can lead to discolouration. This step-by-step guide to cleaning your silver is here to help, safely helping you get your necklaces, rings, watches, bracelets, and earrings looking bright and shiny again.
What to Keep in Mind When Cleaning Silver Jewellery
When it comes to cleaning silver jewellery, it is extremely important to be very careful to avoid abrasive solutions. Scrubbing your precious jewellery with toothpaste or salt can remove tarnish, however it can also lead to ugly scratches – or even wear off a silver finish entirely, if your jewellery is only silver-coated.
If your silver jewellery wasn’t too expensive and you’re merely looking for a quick fix, you can still carefully try a paste of water and baking soda for cleaning silver, but be aware of the potentially damaging consequences.
How to Clean Silver Jewellery Using Aluminium Foil
While this is a very effective technique for cleaning silver jewellery at home, be aware that if your silver jewellery contains glue, this might disintegrate it. Likewise, you should not use aluminium foil on soft or porous stones. Be careful with sensitive jewellery – it’s better to be safe than sorry. Consult the manufacturer for cleaning guidelines or take it to a professional if you are ever in doubt.