Post # 1
HELP PLEASE!!!!!!! I have a old Decoy ring Ive bought myself nearly 5 or 6 years ago for work! (Well befor even being with my fiance lol) I wore it to word off old drunk men at the resturant I worked in late nights. Anyways I still wore it after being with my Fiance and thru the first 6 mths of our engagment while my real ring (Which I just got on EASTER DAY!!!!!) was being paid off. Now I just pulled the old set out because while cleaning my new one I thought Id try to clean the decoy in case I wanted to wear it. (Honestly I think I want to wear it while in my own home and doing things outside the home that may ruin my “Lucky”) But Im not to sure how to do that. Its a 925 Sterling silver ring with CZ. The CZs seem ok its actually the silver thats really dirty and dingy and I cant seem to clean her up. Any help with this? Ill post some photos here so maybe you have a idea of what Im working against! Thank you BEES in advanced! 🙂
Post # 2
Sivery polish would work wonders. Find it in the grocery store. It’s a blue pasty liquid. Good luck.
Post # 3
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 # 4
have you tried baking it at 250 degrees for 2 hours? Here is a youtube video
Post # 5
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
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
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
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.
Post # 9
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
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
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.