Don’t want to wear your favourite pair of earrings you’d bought a few months back because it’s tarnished? Well, tarnishing of jewellery is a sad reality we all have to face, no matter how much we are assured at the time of purchase that it won’t tarnish easily.
There are of course some precautionary measures that you can take to avoid jewellery getting tarnished easily. These include not wearing in the shower, swimming pool; basically keeping it dry as far as possible. Also, avoid it coming in contact with perfume, body lotions and hairspray. However, over a period of time, precious metals like sterling silver and gold are bound to tarnish no matter how careful you are. Tarnishing doesn’t mean you can never wear that piece of jewellery again though.
Here is a simple, tried-and-tested method of removing tarnish from jewellery:
1. Take an aluminium plate, or if you don’t have one you can also cover a regular plate with aluminium foil. You will also need some water and a tablespoon each of salt and baking soda.
2. Add the salt and baking soda to the water and heat it. Don’t boil it.
3. Put the water into the plate and stir it in order to dissolve the baking soda.
4. Now dunk your tarnished silver into the water. You may see the results immediately or after a few minutes, depending on how tarnished your jewellery is. And voila, your jewellery looks as good as new!
This is a quick way to remove tarnish from your jewellery. The process is called oxidation. When silver is immersed in a aluminium plate with baking soda and salt solution, sulphur atoms get transferred to aluminium from silver. Thus, your silver jewellery looks clean!
This method is not best suited for jewellery with precious or semi-precious stones though. You should also beware using it with antiqued or oxidised silver, as it may cause the antiqued finish to be removed. Moreover, if your jewellery has been tarnished too much, it may need additional polishing.