Tarnished Silver: Make It Shine Again!

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I am in my nesting period now. And whenever I am at home, I will restlessly attempting to tidy up the house here and there. Past weekend, when I was rearranging my dressing room, I surprisingly “dig” out alot of jewelleries that I don’t even remember I own! Just when I am about to throw a blackish-looking necklace into the rubbish bag, I saw on the clasp, small wordings written 92.5. Oh, so it’s sterling silver! It’s not just some costume jewellery that I bought on impulse… In fact, wait, I think Kelvin bought this for me on Valentine’s Day in one of our early dating years. (Luckily, I didn’t throw it…)

Then the question now become:

How do I make it shine again?

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I decided to try out one of the method that I have seen on YouTube 🙂

So I gathered all the tarnished silver jewelleries and carried out this little experiment in the kitchen!

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Using a pot, heat water to boiling.

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Then add a tablespoon of baking soda.

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Line the bottom of the pot with a piece of aluminium foil.

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Turn to low heat (to prevent froth from spilling) and start dipping in your tarnished jewellery one at a time.

To my great amazement, it worked instantly! I do not have a quality picture to show you the end results, but it makes all my tarnished silver jewellery perfectly clean and looking like new!

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How It Works?

Silver sulfide is the stuff that makes your silver look grayish over time. This process is called oxidation. When immersed in the baking soda/salt solution, the aluminum reacts with the silver sulfide, pulling the sulphur atoms out and “plating” them onto the aluminum as aluminum sulfide. The silver that remains from the reaction is redeposited onto the silver. (http://jewelrymakingjournal.com/clean-tarnished-silver-jewelry/)

3 Ag2S   + 2 Al   ——–> 6 Ag   + Al2S3
silver
sulfide
aluminum silver aluminum
sulfide

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I hope you find this method useful.

Now you know what to do with your tarnished silver without causing any damage to it 🙂

Thank you so much for reading!

XOXO Eryn ❤

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