I have some great ol mine finds and other gemstone, turquoise and silver pieces. I have a malachite necklace with silver adjacent. How can you clean tarnished silver when it is directly next to a porous stone?
The Sparkle jewelry cleaner they sell here is great on all my jewelry, even the most tarnished as long as i used a cloth with it. Does anyone know if they will be reordering there large refill size or have they discontinued it? Thanks for any info.
FEDEXGUY- I see no one going to such trouble in creating this silly rout in cleaning anythingand I doubt you do as well
YOUR WRITING IS SO NICE , I would enjoy both of your STYLES but this thread is worn and staying on topic" TARNISHED."
I have already read this online. Lets buy the HSN anti tarnish and let it rest
Before some of you knock the vinegar/baking soda method, perhaps you need to understand what tarnish is.
Tarnish forms from a reaction between certain chemicals in the atmosphere and the silver. It actually erodes the silver. Any means of polishing (or removing) tarnish actually removes small amounts of silver from the piece, even polishing cloths. The only way to avoid this is to convert the tarnish back to silver–which is what the electrolytic method does. The vinegar/soda combination (baking or washing, makes no difference) actually creates salt. When used with the aluminum foil, it reverses the tarnish process, changing the silver sulfide (tarnish) back to silver. It’s the only process known to do this.
Being new to Hsn I an leaning toward Absolute. I must say the toilet cleaning remedy is very very abrasive in cleaning any jewelry or table ware but again must stress it being more of a toilet or basin cleaner.
Cindy, I believe your intentions were the best when you posted this "recipe" and you have no personal experience with it. In my opinion, it is a mistake to use baking soda/vinegar combo to clean anything but toilets.:smileywink: And original poster asked for an advice to clean gemstone and turquoise pieces containing silver spacers. Electrolythic Plate method IS safe but time consuming and laborious. Just like using polishing cloth… Polishing cloth, however, is less messy!
BB- what a story! You need to write a book about this. Young and restless :smileylol: and fearless… I had my share of adventures I wouldn’t want to repeat… And who knew that Tarn-X could be used as a weapon of choice to take revenge on Ex’ car?! Jealousy is a scary thing. Better be safe than sorry.
Cindy, this is called Electrolytic Cleaning Plate method. Google it if you are curious about science of it. You do not need vinegar, salt and baking soda. All that stuff can and will harm some semi-precious stones (vinegar/baking soda = volcanic and explosive combo) You need washing soda. Hot water+base+aluminum works as an electric magnet for tarnished particles… But who wants to bother when we have Tarn-X?
That is great, My Aunt Hester Faye used some reciepe like that to clean her teeth, I think they were her real teeth. But they shinned like pearls.:smileyhappy:
I found this online….said to work…IF you want a safe, non toxic way to clean your jewelry. And you should have all this in your kitchen…
Ingredients for homemade jewelry cleaner:
- flat pan covered in foil with the shiny side up (I used a 9×9 baking pan)
- boiling water: 1 cup
- vinegar: 1/2 cup
- baking soda: 1 tablespoon
- salt: 1 tablespoon
Read Before You Start!: Gather your ingredients and line your pan with a sheet of foil (shiny side up). Lay out your dirty jewelry and have each part of the jewelry touch the foil. Not sure why this is important, but apparently it is. (Note: I cleaned my silver and 14k white gold without any problems. I don’t recommend using this cleaner on precious gems, stones, and/or pearls. Not sure what the reaction would be.)
- Mix 1 cup of boiling water, 1 tablespoon of salt, and 1 tablespoon of baking soda together. Then slowly pour the mixture into the foil lined pan. Use a spoon if necessary to stir and reposition the jewelry.
- Now comes the fun part! Slowly add the 1/2 cup of vinegar and watch it do its magic! Bubbles galore cleaning every crevice.
- Let it sit for 5-10 minutes. If necessary, use a spoon to stir the salt and baking soda, and to evenly distribute the jewelry.
- Rinse in water and dry. Enjoy your shiny jewelry!~
I was finally catching up with all the posts. Some strong Tarn-X opinions here. I want to hear more of the story of Hub caps and Pewter…
And, BB why or how did you get out of the married relationship?! Not over silver cleaning, I hope? :smileylol:
I am sure our new Gemfriend is overwhelned with Tarn-X discussion :smileywink:
Tarn-X stinks. There’s no other way to put it. Also, it improves your chances to get cancer if you live in the state of California. Personally, I feel safe down here in Georgia! And, IT WORKS! It removes tarnish and oxidation like nothing else.
Here’s how I ruined my antique ring. It had silver patina that was different shades in the design. I soaked my ring in Tarn-X with the rest of whatever I was cleaning for about 5 minutes. Ring came out uniform silver with slight yellowish tint and looked unpolished. Malachite was as dull as drunkard’s eyes in the rain. I have not yet found a way to restore it. No polishing cloth worked. I painted malachite with clear nail topcoat and it still looks bad. Silver looks awful too, and the strangest thing – it does not tarnish anymore. It is the same color as it came out from Tarn-X years ago.
Cindy, I am not sure what you mean by using it sparingly. If you dont use enough- its wasted effort. Too much WILL ruin most of opaque stones. Dip and rinse method never worked for me. Just sharing my sad story.:smileyembarrassed:
Oh gosh no I agree with you plus I am positive the warning on the bottle will tell people not to breath it.
I am glad you mentioned that. GREAT ADVICE
I did not advise that you breath this in..and if you use it following the directions, you are not using the whole bottle. The other thing, is that it IS for sale. It has not been pulled from the shelves. Also, you only use it once in a while. Not every time you clean your silver and I did advise that you only use it on heavily tarnished pieces. Not on something that you can polish off with a polishing cloth. You don’t soak your things in it. You dip and rinse.
yall excuse me. I need to put my retin a on. Sheba has me going on the Vitamin C CAP’S-
Shout out to Sheba.
Skincare is like jewelry it takes alot of care. I stay so busy. :manhappy:
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09.02.15 2:49 AM