how to clean gold jewelry with baking soda
I remember the hustle and bustle of the holiday season at my childhood home in Maine and believe it or not, one of my favorite things to do was polish silver. I only got to see the beautiful gleam of the candelabras, serving dishes and flatware on Thanksgiving and Christmas and I always made sure everything sparkled. That's when I discovered that Sterling jewelry would polish up beautifully using the same home made recipe our family always used.
First of all, be careful where you purchase your jewelry because there are a lot of sites out there who claim they sell pure 925 Sterling jewelry. I have heard of more than one bad experience buying from an eBay seller who's jewelry was only 40% silver and filled with who knows what? I've even evaluated some of the cheaper priced and more famous site's silver content and been very disappointed by deliberate misrepresentation. If it's too good a deal …. it's not a deal at all. You get what you pay for. Chances are if your jewelry won't polish up well, it's not pure 92.5% silver.
This is the very best silver polish out there.
Make a paste with Baking Soda and Water the consistence of any polish. Rub the jewelry all over with the paste and a soft cloth. Rinse with warm water and dry with a lint free rag. Who'd have guessed?
Sometimes when a neck chain is worn a long time, it becomes almost impossible to get the tarnish out. I recommend a toothbrush and some elbow grease.
If that doesn't work, don't give up. Try this:
In a stainless or glass saucepan, boil 2 -3 cups water with a heaping tablespoon of baking soda and make a small loose ball with aluminum foil and drop it in. Add your silver jewelry and swirl around in the boiling water for about 20 seconds, remove and dry.
Never try to clean your silver with diamond or gold cleaning solutions.
Don't shower or bathe with your jewelry on. Don't jump in the ocean either. Salt water can put permanent spots into silver so NEVER expose your good jewelry to it.
Last but not least, polishing silver is good for your psyche so enjoy yourself!