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Tarnish Removal

January 30, 2012
Before WindexAfter using Windex

after using Windex

Tarnish Removal for Argentium Silver

I recently moved to Austin to start Jewelry Studies International where we focus on offering cutting-edge jewelry classes featuring Argentium Sterling Silver as the metal of choice.  I have found that since moving here, my  Argentium has tarnished more in six months than it did in 6 years in San Francisco. The surface was starting to look dingy and slightly yellow or brownish. My theory is that there must be more sulfur compounds in the air here. I started experimenting with things to try and remove it… vinegar, lemon juice, etc. Nothing seemed to help.

A couple of days ago, I received a call from Jeffrey Herman, founder of Society of American Silversmiths, regarding Argentium. He was the first person to try Argentium here in the United States. Peter Johns, the inventor of Argentium, sent some to Jeff to try. He fell in love with it and has been using it since then. In our conversation, the subject of tarnish removal came up. He told me to try Windex or Hand Sanitizer. I had Windex on hand and tried it immediately.

These photos show the result of the experiment. Just spray it on, let it sit for about 15 seconds, then rinse. The tarnish was not bad to start with (it is Argentium of course). I was AMAZED at the results. Our thanks go out to Jeff for the information.

_Ronda Coryell, http://www.rondacoryell.com

http://www.jewelrystudiesintl.com

http://www.jewelrystudiesinternational.com/pages/About_JSI

5 Comments
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  2. TMR permalink

    It is really amazing! Since I’m here in San Francisco and So far I have no problem with any of my Argentium wires(oldest wire is 5 years, mostly 3) it is good to know this kind of great tricks.
    Thank you!

  3. Hi, just wanted to say, I enjoyed this article.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!

  4. I wanted to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly enjoyed every bit of it.

    I have got you saved as a favorite to look at new things
    you post…

    • Thank you for your comments. We are continually experimenting and pushing limits here at Jewelry Studies International. Stay tuned for more information as it happens!

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