How to Remove Silver Tarnish Before Taking Jewelry to a South Florida Pawn Shop

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How to Remove Silver Tarnish Before Taking Jewelry to a South Florida Pawn Shop

Though any pawn shop can clean your jewelry for you, you want it looking its best when you take it for sale or loan. Silver jewelry, in particular, can pick up tarnish and look like much less than the gleaming piece of jewelry you know it can be. And if you’re taking it to sell or pawn at a shop like National Pawn and Jewelry in Fort Lauderdale, you want it to look its best! Keep in mind that while pawn shops prefer platinum and gold, high-end silver pieces can be valuable.

There are a couple methods that work to remove silver tarnish. For the first, heat three cups of water on the stove to boiling, and turn off the heat.  Add a couple of teaspoons of baking soda to the water, as well as a piece of aluminum foil. Submerge the silver jewelry and watch as, like magic, the tarnish disappears. The process works because of a chemical reaction between the salt and the aluminum; in fact, if your jewelry is dirty enough, you’ll actually see the tarnish transferred onto the aluminum foil. This method works particularly well for small intricate pieces, like chains, where polish would make it difficult to get into all the tiny places.

Tiffany & Company vintage sterling silver scallop design candy bowl

Tiffany & Company vintage sterling silver scallop design candy bowl

You can also try these submersion techniques:

*a minute or two in a mixture of hot water and a tablespoon or two of laundry detergent
*an hour in lemon lime soda
*two to three hours in 1/2 cup white vinegar mixed with 2 tablespoons of baking soda
*10 minutes ½ cup ammonia and one cup warm water

Vintage Tiffany & Company signed sterling silver serving dish

Vintage Tiffany & Company signed sterling silver serving dish

For larger items, like candlesticks, try ketchup, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, or a paste of baking soda and water and rub with a soft cloth. When finished with any of the above methods, rinse the silver in cold water and dry. Now you’re ready to take your items to a pawn shop in Fort Lauderdale!

2016-01-28T09:22:25+00:00 January 28th, 2016|Jewelry, Jewelry Pawn, Jewelry Repair and Care, Vintage Jewelry|
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