Hello fellow sports fans!
Let me start with recognizing the Oklahoma Sooners for winning the Women’s Softball College World Series. This was their second consecutive national championship, the third in five years and the fourth in school history. Wow!
Congratulations also go out to the Pittsburgh Penguins for winning the 2017 Stanley Cup. This was the second consecutive Stanley Cup championship for the Pens!
And I can’t forget the Golden State Warriors who reclaimed the title to become the 2017 NBA Champions!
And if that’s not enough excitement in the sports world, baseball fans are getting ready for College World Series action that kicks off in Omaha on Saturday, June 17th. Teams are Cal State Fullerton, Oregon State, LSU, Florida State, Louisville, Texas A&M, TCU and Florida. Who will you be cheering for?
Now on to today’s topic … cleaning your silver jewelry.
It’s always best to take good care of your jewelry, and you can review some tips and tricks for doing so in Treating Your Jewelry Right and Care Tips for Pearls, Diamonds and More. But despite our best efforts, sometimes our jewelry loses its luster and needs a good cleaning to bring it back to life.
You can use commercial jewelry cleaners or wipes to remove tarnish from your sterling silver or silver plated jewelry. But there is an easier way! And it uses common materials to reverse the chemical reaction that made your silver tarnish in the first place!
For you science junkies out there, we are creating an electrochemical reaction that causes the silver sulfide atoms to transfer from the jewelry to a piece of aluminum.
For you non techies, that means your jewelry will be free from the sulfur that darkened it in the first place! How cool is that?
IMPORTANT: Do not use this method to clean jewelry that contains stones or gems like diamonds, rubies or pearls, as it could cause damage!
Gather up your tarnished silver jewelry, and let’s get started:
Step 1 – Collect your Supplies
- A bowl big enough for your jewelry piece to fit in
- Aluminum foil
- Baking soda
- A saucepan that holds more water than your bowl
- Soft cloth for drying
Step 2 – Line the bottom of your dish with aluminum foil
- Take a square piece of foil, and place it in the bowl shiny side up
- You can fold it to fit, if needed
Step 3 – Add the jewelry
- Place your jewelry in the bowl, on top of the aluminum foil
- NOTE: if using a small bowl, it works best to just do 1 or 2 pieces at a time
Step 4 – Add the salt and baking soda
- Sprinkle 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp baking soda over the jewelry
Step 5 – Add boiling water
- Fill the saucepan with water
- Bring the water to a roaring boil
- Pour it into the bowl
Step 6 – Let it sit and watch it working
- The solution will start fizzing as the reaction begins
- Leave it alone for 2 to 10 minutes, depending on the level of tarnish.
- The fizzing will slow down and then stop when the reaction is complete
Step 7 – Let it Dry
- Remove the jewelry from the solution
- Use a spoon if the water is still hot
- Rinse the jewelry off with cool water
- Wipe gently with the cloth, then let it dry completely
Here is a pair of earrings that I bought on a trip a few years ago. I cleaned one of them, and left the other untouched, so you can see just how well this works!
NOTE: If you have a lot of jewelry that needs cleaning, you could cover the bottom of a large baking pan with aluminum foil, and use a large pot to boil the water! Just add more salt and baking soda … about 1 tsp each per cup of water!
I’d love to hear from you if you give this try. There are a number of “recipes” out there, but this is the one I found to work the best. Comment below with your experience!
Now … off to clean that other earring so I can wear them today!
Until next week,
P.S. Did any of you try the mini tassels from last week’s post? I can’t stop making them!