How to Clean Your Silver or Copper Jewelry

For everyday cleaning, a gentle rub with any jewelry polishing cloth is all that is needed to remove tarnish and restore a lustrous finish.

For more in-depth cleaning, please follow the directions below depending on the type of metal that needs cleaning:

For Silver:

1. Take a piece of aluminum foil and loosely crinkle it up and place it in a ceramic bowl.
2. Sprinkle about a tablespoon of baking powder over the surface of the foil.
3. Boil enough hot water to mostly cover the foil and pour it into the bowl.
4. Place your silver jewelry pieces into the bowl, making sure that each piece is laying on top of the foil.
5. Wait 5-10 minutes. You will see that the tarnish has moved from the jewelry to the surface of the foil.
6. Take out the jewelry, rinse, and dry.
7. For added brightness, you can finish the cleaning with a silver polishing cloth.

For Copper:

1. Add about a tablespoon of salt to a bowl and enough vinegar to make a wet paste.
2. Using a soft toothbrush, gently scrub the paste on the copper wire until the patina fades. Do not allow the stone to sit in the paste - scrub it just long enough to remove the patina. The chain can be allowed to sit longer, about 10 minutes, in the solution before scrubbing. 
3. Rinse well with water and dry thoroughly.
4. For extra shine, finish with a jewelry polishing cloth.