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Easy Tips For Cleaning Silver Jewelry

Updated on June 12, 2012

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Silver Can Get Dull from Tarnishing

Its no surprise that our silver will tarnish over time. I was going through my jewelry the other day and was thinking, why did i buy that? I didn't hardly like some of the jewelry I had purchased a year ago. Then of course it dawned on me, I need to clean my silver! It is like night and day.

This hub is to share my easiest cleaning tips with you that I found that work for me. They come from observation, experience, etc. One of my tips came from a Navajo jewelry maker not far from the Grand Canyon! It worked, I saw him clean his silver right in front of me.

To make silver sparkle again, one can use a non abrasive jewelry cleaner that specifies it is for silver. If you have very nice jewelry, I would definitely recommend following the manufacturers suggestions for cleaning that. Pearls and other precious stones can't handle everything we can dish out in regards to cleaners and techniques. It is always better to be safe than sorry. I don't even use that however, to clean my silver currently.

Easiest Cleaning Tips For Silver Jewelry

A soft cloth or rag can do some amazing clean up duty for your jewelry. For me, using an old t-shirt, a clean sock, or soft shoe shining cloth work perfectly. In fact, a keep a couple of clean little shoe shining pads handy that I picked up in hotels over the years. these are perfect for cleaning my silver quickly and easily. I take the piece of jewelry, and rub the tarnished part with a cloth until it sparkles again. Yes, it is that easy and not difficult. I watched a Native American Jewelry maker do this before he was showing me a beautiful piece one day. In the jewelry cases, even jewelers need to do quick touch ups. I was so impressed.

The second tip is even easier than the first! Wear your silver more. That was a tip given to me by QVC long ago, when I was watching a jewelry show. The woman swore it was true, and I tried it. It works! Our clothes and skin and gentle rubbing of our jewelry as we go about our day will keep your silver looking nicer. This may not work for tiny crevices in jewelry, and that is where a silver polish may come in more handy.

Another option is to buy silver that doesn't tarnish. I have seen this here and there, but not that much. My guess is that it costs a little bit more, but may be well worth it for some people. Buying white gold is a lot more expensive of an option. For me, I love the fact that more and more jewelers are using silver as an option for setting precious and semi precious gemstones. It makes it much more affordable during a time when gold prices are so much higher than they were years ago.

My point is to help people remember how they probably have some nice pieces that they forgot about in their house somewhere. Pull them out, don't just get rid of them thinking they aren't worth something more. Our eyes play tricks on us, and in a hard economy, you may forget about some pretty pieces you got years ago. For that matter, keep an eye out in different places like thrift stores and other sales. If you have other tips, do share with me! I love silver!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Thelma, so happy this could be something that reminded you of cleaning that silver jewelry. We can tend to invest in such pretty jewelry but not keep up with it always like we should. I know that is the case for me anyway.

      I hope you are having a nice weekend, and thank you for the comment. Your comment reminds me that I have some more to clean of my jewelry too!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Wow! These are really great tips for me to follow. My silver jewelries need some cleaning again. Thanks for reminding me. Have a great weekend!

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      Lady Summerset 5 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      LOL, no problem -- Just helping out another fashionista with fabulous taste! Live Well!

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello Lady Summerset, that is a great tip for sure, the lemon juice! I have a few pieces that need some deeper groove cleaning like that. So glad you liked the hub and thank you for your comment!

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      Lady Summerset 5 years ago from Willingboro, New Jersey

      Greetings OceansnSunsets, Liked your hub. I use lemon juice to clean my silver right from the bottle and it gets into the crevices and grooves easily! Happy Cleaning!