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How to Clean Sterling Jewelry

Written by Samantha Goldman. Posted in Cleaning

Traditionally, silver jewelry is made from sterling silver (standard silver), an alloy of silver with copper. Sterling silver is harder than pure silver and melts at a lower temperature than pure silver or copper. Sterling silver jewelry is often plated with a thin foil of silver to have a shiny finish. With time, sterling jewelry loses its brightness and blackens. This is due to oxidation. If you live in an area with wet weather, your jewelry will oxidize faster. Here is a method suggested by some jewelry stores to clean sterling jewelry at home.


Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Place an aluminum foil in a bowl and fill the bowl with hot water;
  • Step 2: Add ¼ cup of soda water, 1 tbsp. of dishwashing detergent and 1 tbsp. of salt and mix everything;
  • Step 3: After everything is mixed together,  place your sterling jewelry in the bowl in the resulting solution for a few minutes;
  • Step 4: Rinse out the jewelry and wipe it with a cotton cloth or leave it to dry on a towel.

Attention! Remove sterling jewelry or any other jewelry when you enter the shower, when washing clothes or whenever there is the possibility that the jewelry makes contact with chlorinated water, otherwise you will see that it starts to blacken.

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