Help??? Cleaning old decoy ring!!!!

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee

Sivery polish would work wonders. Find it in the grocery store. It’s a blue pasty liquid. Good luck. 

Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

Only do this with a cheap silver ring or as a last resort.  It’s a great way of cleaning silver but I don’t know how the cz (or indeed any other gems) will react.

 

You will need a bowl of hot water, some aluminium foil and some sodium bicarbonate (also known as bicarbonate of soda or sodium hydrogen carbonate).

Take a bowl and place the ring at the bottom.  Half fill the bowl with hot water.  Take some ordinary aluminium foil (about 12 inches) Tear it into strips and lightly scrunch it up.  Place the scrunched aluminium foil in the water with the ring.  Then add about five tablespoons of sodium bicarbonate.  Stir and leave until the bubbles stop and then rescue the ring.  It should now be bright and silvery.  This is because the oxygen that has caused the oxidation and tarnishing of the silver ring has become detached from the silver and has stuck to the aluminium instead.

 

DO NOT TRY THIS METHOD ON EXPENSIVE JEWELLERY.

 

 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Toothpaste removes tarnish on silver. I own a couple of silver pieces (including silverware) and I’ve only ever used toothpaste. Works like a charm.  Just use a papertowl and rub it all over the silver, then use a dry papertowel to wipe it off.  You may need to then use some dish soap to get the paste off the prongs and stone but the silver will be shiny as new!

 

Note that it must be toothPASTE, NOT the gel kind.  Any old white or blue paste stuff will work!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

It have a special solution for silver jewellery. I don’t have a lot, but I am OCD’ish about keeping things clean 🙂 The jeweller sold it to me but any department store should have some.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Totalkaos1983:  I use silver polishing cloths (https://www.towntalkpolish.com/silver/silver-polishing-cloths/original-anti-tarnish-silver-polishing-cloths/c-tt095/)which already have the polish on to make the silver really sparkly but dish soap such as dawn or fairy liquid in a bowl of water with a soft or baby toothbrush works well to gently scrub the grime away. My ring picks up alot of grim behind the stones that make them dull.

Supersleuth’s method works well to reverse light tarnish but I would be unsure about using it with CZ stones (as a science teacher I do have to cringe at the explanation about how it works. Here’s a better one http://lecturedemos.chem.umass.edu/electrochemistry19_4.html)

 

 

The polishing cloths aslo have the advantage that they leave some of the polish behind that helps slows down tarnishing.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

yorkiemad00:  I admit that I cringe at my own explanation too.  I’ll be more scientific in future – I promise.  (I shall wax lyrical on the reactivity series.)  🙂

I note that in the website version that you mention a small amount of salt is added to the water as well as the sodium bicarbonate.

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Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Supersleuth:  Sorry I spend 5 days a week correcting chemistry, it’s hard to turn off my teacher side.

Salt is not really neccesary, it just add to the concentration of ions in the water, increasing the electrical conductivity of the water, speeding up the reaction but then any ions would do this (including adding more bicarb) Some people recommend vinegar instead of bicarb. Vineagar also contains ions.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’d say just get some cheap silver polish to take the tarnish off and buff it up. With the paste you can avoid getting it on your CZ, which it would probably damage.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

yorkiemad00:  I had assumed that the tarnish was silver oxide rather than silver sulphide (sulfide).  ‘Stick’ is a bit of a loose term when it comes to reactions and bonding.  But you are absolutely right.  I need to be much more accurate in future.

However,  back to the original topic. The method’s a good one, particularly with intricate silver where cloths can’t reach.

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