How to Clean Old Silver Indian Jewelry
Silver is a fragile precious metal that tarnishes easily. If care is not taken while cleaning silver jewelry, it may become damaged. Given a proper cleaning, silver jewelry has a beautiful elegant shine that contributes a look of grace and elegance to the wearer. Old silver Indian jewelry should be handled carefully and maintained properly to ensure the lasting beauty of this delicate accessory.
Apply white toothpaste to a clean soft cloth. It is important not to use gel toothpaste, as this will not give the same effect. Rub the toothpaste all over the jewelry in a straight back and forth motion. As the tarnish begins to accumulate on the cloth, apply more toothpaste and continue until the tarnish is gone. Rinse the silver Indian jewelry with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
Make a paste with 2 teaspoons of baking soda and water. Apply gently to the silver Indian jewelry and rub gently. Rinse the piece with warm water.
Line a bowl with aluminum foil and sprinkle in about ½ cup baking soda and hot water. Place the jewelry in the bowl and allow the jewelry to soak for at least 30 minutes. Pat it dry.
- Silver Indian jewelry will discolor if it is left out in the open and exposed to the air and humidity. Store silver jewelry wrapped in acid-free tissue paper and placed in an airtight bag.
- Silver scratches easily so it is best to avoid using harsh abrasives such as salt. Never rub silver Indian jewelry in a circular motion, as this will cause scratches. Do not allow rubber to come in contact with silver Indian jewelry as rubber is corrosive to silver. Avoid using rubber gloves when handling silver jewelry.
Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.