What’s the best way to clean your Sterling Silver Jewelry?
I tested the method I’ve used for over 18 years in the Jewelry Industry and the that method claimed to be the best natural method to see what works best. Please watch the video above to see the outcome or read on:
First I showed what I’ve been using: it is Connoisseurs Jewelry Cleaner. I am not an affiliate, I use it simply because it works. I was taught to use it for cleaning silver over 18 years ago working in a jewelry store and have used it ever since. I bought my new tub from Bed Bath & Beyond for $4.99 last year. My previous tub lasted me about 6 years. It’s not natural, but I don’t see how it can possibly be that bad for the earth because you’re not dumping large amounts of it in short amounts of time.
This solution works in less than 10 seconds. You dip the sterling silver in it and stay away from any parts that are oxidized, blackened or antiqued to bring out details because this will take it right off. If there is a natural patina that you want to keep, don’t dip it in this solution. It will remove it. You want to stay away from gemstones also. So dip the piece, move it around for about 5 seconds and rinse it with warm water. Dry it with a lint free cloth.
It leaves a bit of a matte finish and the necklace I tested it on was really filthy and hadn’t been cleaned in a really long time – maybe 10 years or longer. You can bring the shine back with a Goddard polishing cloth.
Then I tested it on a pair of earrings I made constructed of Argentium Sterling Silver, which are resistant to tarnish. I hadn’t cleaned the earrings in 5 or 6 months and a slight yellow tinge was beginning to show. These earrings do have gemstones, so I’m dipped only up to the setting and then rubbed it with my fingers onto the setting, not the stone itself. Followed by a rinse with warm water and dry with a lint free cloth.
2) Next, I tried the Natural method that is touted by many as the best natural way.
I started with an enamel pot, but you can use an aluminum pot. If enameled pot, place aluminum foil in the bottom of it. Then, I placed the sterling silver piece on top of the aluminum. I covered with water until the piece was submerged. I then sprinkled per the instructions, 1 tsp Baking Soda and 1 tsp salt atop the piece in the water. I brought the water to a boil and let boil 3 minutes… It took about 5 minutes for the water to come to a boil and then after 7 minutes of boiling, the piece was just barely starting to come clean. Sure, this is a heavily tarnished piece of silver, but the instructions I’m following from nationalgeographic.com say only 3 minutes. I left it for 10 and could have gone longer, but it is already too time consuming of an option for me and would not be a safe option for pieces with gemstones.
To me, the Connoisseurs Silver Jewelry Cleaner is clearly the winner in both time and effectiveness. You could opt for toothpaste, or a mix of ammonia and water, but in my opinion, I’m sticking with the Connoisseurs cleaner. It just did the best job.
If you have a method you’d like me to try, please leave it in the comments below and I’ll be happy to.
Also mentioned as a follow up to the jewelry cleaner are Goddard’s Cleaning Cloths.
I am not an affiliate of any of the products mentioned (except my own earrings). This experiment was done solely for the purpose of exposing what actually gets the job done. I hope you found it helpful. If so, please share it below. Thanks!