How To Fix Fake Jewelry: Green Rings, Tarnish, Discoloration, More
March 31, 2015
Every woman wears fake jewelry. There’s no shame in it! In fact, mixing in costume jewelry with your finer pieces is a great way to stay on trend and express your personal style without going broke on diamonds. Unfortunately, cheap jewelry is easily ruined–the thin silver or gold plating wears off revealing the brass or nickel underneath, or discoloration or tarnishing occurs. We’ve all had rings that have turned green, or “silver” jewelry that looks like a penny after a few wears. It’s a bummer.
Luckily, you can clean off tarnish and re-plate jewelry with this amazing DIY recipe we found online. Follow the steps below and you’ll be able to fix all that “ruined” jewelry and get it back in to your wardrobe mix! You’re welcome.
1) You’ll need an aluminum plate like a pie plate or a regular plate wrapped in aluminum foil to start. If you go with the latter, make sure the aluminum foil doesn’t tear.
2) Pour 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda on the plate.
3) Heat 1 cup of water in the microwave for less than 2 minutes. Pour the hot water on to the salt/baking soda mixture.
4) Stir the mixture completely so there are no clumps. Wait 1 minute for the mixture to completely liquefy.
5) Place your jewelry in the mixture. In this step, the salt/baking soda/water mixture should oxidize the tarnish off the jewelry, and the silver from the foil or aluminum plate should re-plate the worn spots.
6) Remove the jewelry from the mixture when is mostly tarnish gone. This may take a few seconds or up to a minute.
7. Using a clean, dry, soft rag, remove the remaining tarnish. Voila!