Botanical earrings - Japanese box bush - silver
Material 925 silver
length approximately 5.4cm including hooks
Handmade by Anja Jagsch in Adelaide Australia
Store your jewellery in a sealed container or plastic bag. To help remove any moisture or oxygen include a little silica sachet you found in a packaged item. A piece of chalk or activated charcoal do the same.
If you’d like to avoid commercial cleaners there are easy home made solutions available. All these recipes work best with warm liquid - a longer exposure will have the same effect. But be careful not to inhale any fumes.
mix about 1/4 teaspoon of cooking salt with 1 cup household vinegar. Leave the silver in the solution until clean (up to 1h)
dissolve about 1/2 teaspoon of citric acid (baking ingredient) in 1 cup of water. Leave the silver in the solution until clean (up to 1h). Be careful not to stain your stainless steel sink!
if you have aluminium foil available you can line a small dish with it and add a little salt as electrolytes to water. Leave the silver in the solution until clean (up to 1h)
To neutralize the acidic solutions dip your silver in a solution of 1/4 teaspoon of bicarb of soda in 1 cup of water for about 1 minute. Then rinse thoroughly.
The small amount of chemicals produced in the process are safe to dispose of in the sink.
To clean a ring for example or any other solid silver surface you can use a paste made from bicarb soda and a little water. The tiny grains work as a soft abrasive. Toothpaste works the same way. Rinse well.
GOLD PLATED SILVER
Even though the pieces are plated in 22ct gold, due to the silver underneath the piece tarnishes. Please use commercial cleaning solution.