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What do you do when your favorite 925 sterling silver earrings look tarnished or your silver jewelry begins to darken or smell due to wear.

Our how to clean Sterling silver jewelry methods will guide you to clean and sparkle all your silver jewelry without ruining it.


Preventing Tarnish

Because silver jewelry reacts with its environments such as moisture and air, lotions, perfumes, household cleaners, chlorinated water, and even sunlight can all cause tarnish.

Preventing tarnish is the thing to do. Avoid the chore of polishing the silver cleaning and polishing your silver pieces. Follow simple rules like remembering that all silver jewelry should always be taken off before in contact with water, swimming or cleaning and should be the last thing you put on when getting dressed!

Actually, your body’s oils will actually help prevent tarnish, so wearing your jewelry often will keep it looking good. So it’s a great excuse to wear your silver jewelry!

After each wearing remembers to clean your silver jewelry in hot soapy water then rinse and dry it well. When not in use, wrap it in anti-tarnish felt cloth jewelry bag and also place a couple of pieces of white chalk in your jewelry box. The felt bag or cloth will protect your silver jewelry from the air while the chalk will absorb moisture which all cause tarnish.




Most silver jewelry is 925 sterling silver an alloy of copper and pure silver. Pure silver is much too soft to be used in jewelry, so it is often combined with other metals to form an alloy and create a more durable metal. When 92.5% of pure silver is mixed with 7.5% of other metals (often copper, nickel or zinc) the resulting alloy is called 925 sterling silver.

Copper is a metal that tarnishes easily as it is not a noble metal meaning it reacts to the environment in response to the hydrogen sulfide in the air. Pure silver is a precious metal like gold and platinum. These pure metals are stable and do not react to their surrounding environment.

If you have been sweating or have moist skin, it may also turn green in response to the jewelry’s copper component. And that smell? It’s the product of the sulfuric reaction. That tarnish is also copper responding to the environment such as the surrounding air. Tarnished silver jewelry doesn’t look good and while it won’t damage your jewels it does make it more difficult to remove the longer it’s there.

Fortunately, here at Elevate Jewelry Co, we will guide you on how to clean your precious silver jewelry and make them clean, fresh and sparkling again!



The following DTY methods and procedures work best to remove the tarnish from your jewelry.

Factors to consider depending on how tarnished the silver earrings are or whether your silver rings are plain or have gemstones or are embellished with soft, porous stones like turquoise or pearls. Always check how to treat the silver with that have set stones.

PLEASE NOTE do not use toothpaste!  It’s an abrasive so that means it’s rough and it might likely damage softer stones or antique silver. Instead, try a commercial silver polish, also take care not to allow the polish to get into nooks and crevices where it may be difficult to remove.

Lightly tarnished Silver Jewelry:

Pour 2 cups of not too hot water just warm water in a bowl then add 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap and gently swirl around to loosen dirt.

Add your jewelry carefully to the bowl one item at a time, let sit for 5 minutes.

Gently rub with a soft cloth or a soft toothbrush to loosen grime.

Rinse each piece of jewelry under the tap and dry with a microfiber cloth. Water and dry basically.


Heavily tarnished sterling silver:

This method relies on electrolytic cleaning to counteract the tarnish.

Place aluminium foil sheet on the bottom of a baking dish then place your sterling silver jewelry on it the aluminium foil.

In a deep saucepan on the stove, heat 4 cups of water to boiling. Remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup table salt, 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap.

CAREFULLY pour the hot boiling water into the baking sheet so to completely cover your 925 sterling silver jewelry. Allow it to sit for 3-4 minutes.

Remove each piece of jewelry out of the hot liquid with a fork. Rinse well under tap and then dry thoroughly with a soft, lint-free cloth.

IF NOT SURE with very tarnished gem embellished silver jewelry or antique items then take it to a jeweler for professional cleaning. They will provide you with the right cleaning solutions that go beyond soap and water.



Happy Shopping, and if you can’t be good, be good at it!

Elevate Jewelry Co staff


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