How to Fix a Tiffany Bracelet That Got Tarnished by Water

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Restore the shine to your jewelry with a few basic household items.
Restore the shine to your jewelry with a few basic household items. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Over time, it is natural for silver jewelry to tarnish from constant exposure to hyrogen sulfide that can be found in the air. However, prolonged and even brief contact with chlorinated water can also damage your valuable jewelry, leaving it with a dull and blemished surface.

If your silver becomes tarnished from exposure to chlorinated water or household chemicals, a simple cleaning process with products found in your home can remove the ugly stains and restore its finish.

Things You'll Need

  • Large bowl
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking soda
  • Hot water

Tear a large sheet of aluminum foil (enough to cover the inside of your bowl) and place it inside the bowl. Press the aluminum foil firmly against the sides and bottom of your bowl, folding the edges of the aluminum foil over the lip of the bowl.

Be sure the shiny side of the aluminum foil faces outward.
Be sure the shiny side of the aluminum foil faces outward. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Put your jewelry inside the bowl and carefully pour hot water water over it.

You can use hot water directly from the faucet.
You can use hot water directly from the faucet. (Image: Hemera Technologies/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Pour baking soda into the bowl (one cup per gallon of water). The soda will begin to bubble.

Soak your jewelry for half an hour. You may want to set a timer.

Have your towel nearby when you remove your jewelry from the bowl.
Have your towel nearby when you remove your jewelry from the bowl. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Remove your jewelry from the water and rinse it in cool water. Dry jewelry with a towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always remove your silver jewelry before you shower, wash dishes or swim.
  • Store your jewelry in an airtight plastic bag to minimize oxidation, or a special cloth bag designed to hold silver pieces.

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