How to Clean Silver

Cleaning Plain Silver or the Silver Part of Jewelry with Gemstones

1. Clean the silver part of jewelry with a dry silver polishing cloth. If your silver polishing cloth is permeated with cleaning agents, do not let it come into contact with the turquoise as it will damage the luster of the stone.

2. Apply a cotton swab with diluted dish liquid to heavily tarnished silver. Remove any dish liquid residue by wiping the silver with a soft, damp cloth (luke-warm tap water only).

3. Dry the jewelry with a separate, soft, absorbent cloth. Air dry out of direct sunlight for several hours before storing.

4. Store the clean and dry silver and turquoise jewelry in an air-tight, resealable bag. This will reduce the risk of tarnish as it is caused by moisture in the air. Place the bag in a jewelry box.

Cleaning Turquoise Jewelry

1. Dampen a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush in clean water. Do not add any cleaning products to the water or the toothbrush when you are cleaning jewelry that is with turquoise, as chemicals can damage the gem. A children's soft-bristle toothbrush works well.

2. Gently scrub the surface of the stone with the brush. Rinse the brush under running water and then gently clean the silver or gold parts of the jewelry. When you are cleaning jewelry that has turquoise embellishments, do not leave it to soak in water. Turquoise is a porous gemstone that absorbs liquid.

3. Dry the whole piece well with a soft towel.

Cleaning Silver With Baking Soda Paste

1. Make a paste of Baking Soda and some water. Apply the paste on a soft toothbrush and gently rub on the surfice of the silver. Avoid the gemstone areas as some gemstones like Opal and Turquoise can be harmed by chemicals.

2. Rinse with warm water and polish dry with a soft, clean cloth.

*For badly tarnished silver, leave the baking soda paste on the silver (plain silver) for an hour or so, before cleaning off with the help of the sponge and warm water