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Sulfur springs turned my silver jewelry black. How to fix?

Intro / synopsis: Toothpaste is a simple answer to restoring the silver jewelry. Electrolytic cleaning with aluminum is another great tarnish remover.

A. I recently visited a hot springs and my ring also turned Black. I got home and cleaned it up, now it's back to New. I used gentle abrasive cleaning powder that brought the shine right back if not better.

- Auckland, New Zealand
July 24, 2022

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Q. Okay well there are hot springs where I live and I went in them and my silver neckless and two rings turned black. Is there any way I can get them clean again? Or at least not black?

Jess Clemons
student - Ventura, California

A. Yes, easy. See thread 4785 for instructions on how to do a simple electrochemical process with aluminum foil and washing soda [on eBay or Amazon] that reverses the tarnishing process. This will work even on spots you can't reach to polish, and there is no loss of silver as there is in polishing process involved, it's conversion of the silver oxide back to silver.

Ted Mooney,
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Striving to live Aloha - Pine Beach, New Jersey

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A. Toothpaste! Get a cotton ball and squeeze some toothpaste on it and rub your jewelry. I would use a white toothpaste and something that is a stain removing paste.

Christina Bracewell
- Deltona, Florida
July 25, 2016

thumbs up sign  Thanks for the tip. Cleaned my ring perfectly. I'll remember to take it off next time I take a mineral soak.

Charlene Mitchell
- Oceanside, California
July 18, 2018

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