Aug 31, 2013 7:32 am
Besides monetary value, don't hesitate to appreciate the design value of your piece; wear that pendant with pride! Nothing is more timeless than an understated yet opulent silver fashion statement. Keeping your jewelry clean will increase both the monetary and sentimental value of your prized silver jewelry pieces.
You don't need to visit a professional to clean your silver jewelry. Simply take a bowl and line the inside with aluminum foil. After you set your jewelry in the bottom of the bowl pour just enough hot water to completely submerge the silver; the hotter the better! For the next step you'll need to add equal amounts of baking soda and salt. You only need to let the solution sit for 10 minutes at most. This is because the chemical reaction is converting the silver sulfide (tarnished coating) and aluminum into pure silver (6 Ag0) and aluminum sulfide. It may seem magical, but it's owed to the brialliance of science. If there are any leftover bits of grime, rest assured you can simply add more salt and baking soda until the job gets done!
If you're pleased with the end result of this brilliant D.I.Y restoration don't forget to give you're jewelry a good rinse in cool water and pat it dry with a towel. This is one of the best proven methods of caring for silver items. This ensures that you can maximize the true value of your silver or sterling silver jewelry. While you may get an impressive return from selling silver to your local silver buying professional, you can also get a great deal at your local gold or silver jewelry trading party. You can check meetup.com to find these fun little gatherings. They are quite commonplace in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the greater tri-state area.
While these are methods may be foolproof ways to clean silver, they certainly aren't foolproof against fools! Always be prudent and ensure that other precious metal, gem, or jewel embellishments won't be harmed by any of these cleaning treatments. For example, turquoise and amethyst can get permanently damaged by such treatments. Pearls are also vulnerable to damage from abrasive substances such as baking soda.
Always do your online research and consult a local jeweler for their professional advice.