Our UK handmade silver charms start off life bright and shiny, but the more it is worn it will eventually begin to tarnish. At first the surface will turn slightly yellow, and if left to deteriorate further it will turn from yellow to black.
This discolouration has two distinct causes: contact with sulphur compounds and moisture. But if your silver charm has tarnished, don’t worry, tarnishing is a natural effect and is not permanently harmful to silver.
What You’ll Need
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 1 tablespoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon white salt
- 1/2 cup white vinegar
- 1 sheet of tinfoil, shiny side up
- 1 bowl (This can be a soup bowl or even a pasta bowl or bucket, depending on the amount of charms to be cleaned)
- 1 Polishing cloth
How to Clean Your Silver Charm
- Boil the water
- While the kettle is boiling, line the bowl with the tinfoil, putting the shiny side up
- Add the salt and baking soda to the bottom of the bowl
- Add the vinegar (slowly – it will fizz!!)
- Mix it all together so the salt and baking soda dissolve, make sure they do as you don’t want the granules to scratch the silver
- Add the boiling water
- Gently place each silver charm into the bowl
- Turn after 1 minute and then remove gently after 2 minutes (be careful not to scold yourself)
- Polish the charms gently with the polishing cloth and voila you have a brand new looking silver charm!
How NOT to clean your charm
Some online charm stores sell bottles of liquid chemical cleaners, which are supposedly designed for deep cleaning jewellery. However, as good as this may sound, for handmade charms like the ones we manufacture and sell, silver charms that are delicate and intricate, these chemical cleaners are often too harsh and will do TOO good of a job. As often, the detailing that you love about your sterling silver charm will be gone!
Our quick and easy guide will leave your charm looking brand new. Importantly, it won’t damage your charm and the beautiful detail will remain intact.