Although your Tiffany necklace has a quality structure designed to last a lifetime, its finish can develop a layer of tarnish even with the best of care. As tarnish begins to spread across the delicate finish of your necklace, the outer surface will look mottled and dirty. With time, the tarnish could even reach deep down into the silver structure and permanently damage this beautiful metal. To reverse this process before permanent damage occurs, you must utilize the proper cleaning products and techniques for silver jewelry. Follow the six steps below to restore the shine of your Tiffany necklace.
1. Organize Your Cleaning Supplies
When approaching the silver cleaning process, it is a good idea to lay out all your supplies ahead of time. You will need to move ahead with each step without delay to keep the cleaning products from sitting on the silver surface for too long.
Here’s what you will need:
Small plastic bowl
Plastic drinking straw
Two lint-free cloths
Silver cleaning compound
- Distilled water
Once you have your items placed on your worktable, you can move ahead with this project.
2. Prepare the Soaking Solution
You will need to mix up a soaking solution that will help loosen tarnish around the intricate links on your necklace. To make this solution, pour one cup of distilled water in the plastic bowl, and then add two tablespoons of baking soda. Stir the mixture around with your drinking straw to dissolve the baking soda in the water. Place to the side until you reach the fourth step.
3. Gently Buff Away Tarnish
To remove the vast majority of tarnish on your silver Tiffany necklace, you must buff the silver surface using your cleaning compound and lint-free rag. Squeeze a pea-sized dollop of silver cleaning compound onto your rag, and then rub the fabric together to distribute the compound through the threads.
Place your Tiffany necklace over the area covered in compound and gently scrub its surface with the rag. You should immediately notice the tarnish rubbing away from the flat surfaces, though dark patches will likely remain on the detailed areas. Slowly work across the entire length of your necklace to rub away as much of the tarnish as possible.
4. Soak in Your Prepared Solution
Once you have removed the majority of the tarnish, you can soak your necklace in the solution you mixed together earlier in this process. Just place the necklace inside the plastic tub and allow to soak for about an hour. Upon pulling your necklace out of the soaking solution, dry thoroughly on a clean rag to reveal the areas in need of additional attention.
5. Buff Again to Remove Remaining Tarnish
Apply another dollop of silver cleaning compound onto your rag and distribute through the fibers like before. Gently run the rag around the intricate links on your necklace to remove the remaining tarnish from the surface. Keep rubbing the tarnished areas to lift the dark deposits from the surface and reveal the shiny silver finish underneath.
6. Rinse and Dry Your Necklace
Once you are happy with the appearance of your Tiffany necklace, thoroughly rinse its links with distilled water. You want to remove every last trace of silver compound and baking soda to really make the surface shine. Use your lint-free rag to dry and polish the surface to complete the cleaning process.
You can repeat this process whenever your Tiffany jewelry starts to look dull. By completing the cleaning process before the surface darkens to a tarnished state, you can keep your jewelry looking great every day.