How do you fix tarnished jewelry?
To remove built-up tarnish from your silver, make a thick paste with 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons water. Apply with a damp sponge and gently rub, rinse, and buff dry. To polish gold jewelry, cover with a light coating of baking soda, pour a bit of vinegar over it, and rinse clean.
How do you restore gold jewelry?
Steps to Restore the Shine:
- Mix mild dishwashing liquid in warm water to create a sudsy solution.
- Soak the gold in the soapy water for a few minutes, just long enough to allow the solution to begin to work.
- Rub gently with cotton balls or your fingers.
- Rinse the item thoroughly to remove the soap residue.
What causes gold to tarnish?
The primary reason comes down to simple chemistry – the combination of moisture plus sulfur and oxygen cause gold tarnishing. Continual exposure to cleaning detergents, chlorine, hairspray, perfume, and deodorants can also cause gold to tarnish.