Deslustre Silver: A Quick Fix

Recently I purchased a silver bracelet from the infamous Rick Harrison’s Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. UNOde50, a Spanish company that makes fifty numbered items of each piece. Purchasing my one of fifty seemed fitting on my fiftieth birthday.

I wore it through the year, reminiscing about all the friends and family I’ve celebrated the past 50 years with. Reveling in where I’ve been, what I’ve achieved, and where from here. It was a piece that grounded me and I found great comfort in all the memories it conjured up. The piece reminded me that “Life is Good” after 50. Setting a positive stage each morning.

Like all treasures and memories, I stored it away after some time. During my fall cleaning I came across the piece again and all the positive energy I once gleaned from the item came flooding back. It amazes me how an insignificant item can trigger the storage cabinet of our mind to open and release those awesome recollections of life.

As I removed it from its jewelry pouch “deslustre” tarnish had dulled its luster. A reason many people refuse to purchase silver jewelry. Tarnish occurs when the metals react with the air and moisture, creating a thin film to form on the outer surface.

An experiment that had been circulating on social media to easily restore the beauty of silver came to mind.   One minute, hot water, baking soda, aluminum foil, salt and watch the miracle or experiment unfold.

The experiment uses an electrochemical reaction to reverse the process by resting the piece on aluminum foil in hot water with baking soda and salt. It is literally seconds when you can start to see the tarnish reverse. No harsh chemicals, no elbow grease, just four every day kitchen items.

Baking Soda – 1 Tbsp
Salt – 1 Tbsp
Boiling water – 1 Cup
Aluminum foil (shiny side touching object) – 1 piece

Mix first three ingredients, place aluminum foil on bottom

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shiny side up. Place object on aluminum foil, turning item when needed.

The worst thing you can do to preserve something is to set it away and not use it. This is true for silver, vehicles, and our own bodies. The more handling and regular wear actually increases the luster to your piece hindering tarnish from settling and requiring less polishing in between.

After – Amazing!

I am opting to wear this beautiful UNOde50 piece more often. The joy and memories it brings me deserve to be experienced every day.

Holly James
Holly James Contributor
Holly James is a mother of three embracing her 50s. A farm girl from rural Alberta she loves the outdoors.