I’ll start by saying that I have not yet developed an ideal routine for keeping the silver in my pieces untarnished. I’ve read that washing it gently with a toothbrush in warm soapy water helps – and this has worked somewhat for silver rings and pendants that I have. Not so much for wire wrapped pieces. I have some cloths for polishing silver, which once again work amazingly on purchased jewelry, and are completely useless on my fuzzy earrings, since I can’t get to any of the intricate loops and chains.
So when I’m desperate, I use a jewelry cleaning solution that has been un-recommended by everyone ever, except, it seems, the jewelry stores that sell it: Connoisseurs Sterling Silver Jewelry Cleaner. (In the photo below, the one on the left. *Psst: the one of the right doesn’t do sh** for silver cleaning, and is thus probably much safer for your jewelry :))
- Place as many pieces of jewelry as fit on the dipping net without overlapping each other;
- Lower carefully into the cleaning solution and quickly take out as soon as the solution covers the pieces completely. (In other words, dip completely and take out ASAP).
- Peer into the container while trying not to breathe in the solution’s smell, and be pretty sure that those grains of solid on the bottom are the result of a chemical reaction. Marvel that this cleaning solution is corrosive as f**k.
- Rinse jewelry extensively under a warm stream of water, hoping that this will wash off any remaining solution.
- Leave on paper towel to dry out.
- Store individually in plastic sealable baggies.