Sterling Silver Jewelry Damaged by Sulfur

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If your sterling silver jewelry has been damaged by sulfur, it will likely take on a darkened or even completely black appearance. Learn about sterling silver jewelry that has been damaged by sulfur with help from an experienced jewelry professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Johanna Ingram of Herald Studio located in downtown Phoenix where you can learn how to make your own jewelry. And today I'm going to talk to you about sterling silver jewelry damaged by sulfur. You may be wondering how sulfur and jewelry can come in contact with each other. One way I can think of is I actually recently had a friend who had a sulfur hot spring. She forgot to take off her jewelry, her silver jewelry and when she got out it was completely black. She freaked out thinking she had ruined it but I assured her that she didn't. It's just a surface layer that's on your tarnish layer that's on your jewelry and there are a few different ways that you can go about removing it. One of them is by creating a bath using some common household items that you have at home. Like tin foil, table salt and baking soda. You would make sure I've got a tin foil pan but you can also line a glass bowl with tin foil. What you would need to do is put hot water in to your bath that's lined with tin foil, so a tablespoon of salt and a tablespoon of baking soda and then put your pieces in there and make sure that they are touching your aluminum foil. This is allowing the tarnish to plate back on to the aluminum foil. You'll be pouring some hot water in there and letting them sit for about five to ten minutes. Once they're done you would take out your silver piece and just maybe loosen up any dirt or anything that might be on the silver and dump it in some clean water to get the tarnish off. And I always like to dry it off with a towel. So making a bath is one way. You can also use a polishing pad. I've got this sterling silver chain that has become tarnished and what you would just do is rub the pad over your piece of jewelry. It's a bit abrasive. You can also use any kind of polishing compound. You could sand it off and you can see that this pad is getting black with the tarnish that was on the jewelry. So it's working and I'm just taking off any of the darkness that was on that chain. So thank you for watching how to remove oxidation on sterling silver jewelry. I'm Johanna Ingram with Herald Studio and for more information about me or the studio, you can visit my bio. Thank you.

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