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Homemade Pickle

Before Citric Pickle

After homemade pickle

When I was teaching in Bali, the local jewelers were using a peeled lemon with a bit of salt in the mixture for their pickle. I have been experimenting with home made pickles ever since. I have found that 1 cup hot lemon juice with 1 teaspoon of salt or 1 cup of hot vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt make a wonderful pickle for Argentium. 

Ronda Coryell,

Tarnish Removal

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,