Cleaning Your Sterling Silver Locket: 5 Easy and Effective Techniques

by Gerrit from evermée
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ASterling Silver locket, a staple in jewelry collection, is just like any other metal material – they age and tarnish over time.

Sterling silver is a mixture or alloy of silver with 92.5% to 95% silver. Other metals make up the remaining weight.

Since sterling silver is mostly silver, it tends to suffer a thin layer of corrosion, which leaves our jewelry looking aged and dull. 

Now that we're talking about silver, a locket necklace for women is among the most symbolic and beloved accessories as they are usually gifts from people dear to our hearts.

In whichever form your sterling silver comes--silver heart lockets or birthstone lockets, I value and think you should give them the proper value.

After all, our silver lockets hold photographs that help keep us going wherever we may be.

Furthermore, with the value and versatility that a sterling silver locket brings, we have to keep these precious women lockets clean and looking fresh.

You never have to worry about looking untidy because your silver locket is unpolished.

Let me share a few tips and techniques that will help you keep your sterling silver locket looking as clean and gleaming as the day you got them! 

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The Basic Silver Lockets Cleaning Guide


Before your silver lockets may even begin to tarnish before your eyes, save yourself the trouble of cleaning your silver locket. 

1. Prevention is Better than Cure  

We recommend using a silver cleaning cloth regularly, more so if you use your silver locket every day. Just wipe them clean after every after use.

If you don't have silver cleaning cloths, you can conveniently buy them online or through your local jewelry shops.

Unlike other fabrics, a cleaning cloth has several compounds that specifically help clean silver lockets with ease.

Some even come with an additional layer that helps prevent future tarnish build-up for a lasting new look.

It is likewise a great idea to keep your jewelry pieces and those heart locket silver in an airtight container.

Alternatively, you can place each piece in its separate Ziploc bag to prevent rubbing and scratching between sterling silver lockets and other accessories.

2. Recycle a Toothbrush  

Unlike the exposed parts of your silver locket, a silver locket has many hard to reach spaces that might collect tarnish and dark areas.

In the end, you have to use tools to get through.

Gently use a very soft toothbrush to clean the edges, corners, and patterns of your sterling silver lockets to keep every corner bright.

A toothbrush is also useful in the following methods.  

Cleaning Methods

Below are the list of methods you can use to clean your sterling necklace.

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1. Toothpaste 

For mildly tarnished silver lockets, toothpaste can get the job done.

This method is as simple as it gets.

Take a piece of clean dishwashing sponge, squeeze in a small amount of toothpaste, rub your heart locket silver, and rinse with warm water.

The toothpaste method generally works well for silver accessories.

However, keep in mind that this only applies to mild or moderate tarnish as it only slightly removes corrosion.

We do not recommend using a toothbrush for this technique.

Because toothpaste only has a mild cleaning effect, you may end up harshly brushing your accessory.

We don't want you to scratch your locket since a locket necklace for women is very precious. 

2. Vinegar

It's nice to hear that a common ingredient can clean your jewelry.

Remove mild tarnish by dipping your sterling silver in vinegar and finally wiping it with a cloth.

Since it can only remove small amounts of tarnish, we recommend using vinegar in lockets with a tiny hint of tarnishing.

Since many use their silver necklace every day, a more potent vinegar solution is a must for severe tarnishes on your silver locket.

We also suggest adding baking soda to your mixture. This approach is more effective than using vinegar alone.

Just add two tablespoons of baking soda with half a cup of vinegar.

Let your locket soak in the mixture for about three hours before washing with cold water.  

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3. Dishwashing Soap

 If you doubt that toothpaste or vinegar are effective cleaning ingredients for your tarnishing silver heart locket, then your dishwashing soap can help.

You can easily combine warm water and dishwashing soap to make a mixture.

With a clean cloth, gently apply the solution to wipe away the corrosion around your heart locket silver.

We also suggest phosphate and ammonia-free dishwashing liquid for this strategy.  

4. Lemon Juice and Olive Oil

Who would have thought that if life gave you lemons, you could clean jewelry?

A solution of lemon juice and olive oil will solve a tarnished sterling silver locket problem.

Grab a container that can contain half a cup of lemon juice and a teaspoon of olive oil.

Take a clean cloth, dip it in the mixture, wring it, and wipe the tarnish and stain away from your birthstone locket or silver heart locket.

Repeat the cycle until you are happy with the lustrous form of your jewelry. Lastly, rinse those silver lockets with warm water and dry it with a clean cloth.

5. Baking Soda and Aluminum Foil

By this point, you'll realize that baking soda is the holy grail of cleaning.

It can clean just about anything, from white shoes, kitchenware, bathroom accessories, to those gorgeous lockets for women that suffer from corrosion and tarnish.

This method that we'll introduce can solve even the strongest tarnishes. It can be helpful for all silver jewelry, including a sterling silver locket.

Get yourself a spacious container. Place a sheet of aluminum foil with the dull side facing down.

Leave the tarnished locket necklace for women inside and pour boiling water until your jewelry is completely soaked.

Next, add two tablespoons of baking soda and another two tablespoons of salt.

Ensure that both baking soda and salt granules are completely dissolved by gently stirring the solution to avoid scratches on your valued birthstone locket.

After about ten minutes, drain the solution, rinse your locket under warm water, dry completely with a clean cloth, and enjoy your sterling silver locket! 

6. Laundry Detergent and Aluminum Foil 

If you tried the aluminum method, you could notice that the process can initially make your silver lockets smell like rotten eggs.

If you don't have a space to ventilate the smell, then you can use laundry detergent to clean a locket necklace for women.

Just like the baking soda approach, place down the dull side of your aluminum foil in your medium-sized container, and pour boiling water.

Mix about one to two tablespoons of laundry detergent and soak your sterling silver locket for about a minute.

Take your heart locket silver, wash it with warm water, and leave to air-dry.