Don’t worry if your sea glass and silver jewellery becomes badly tarnished and the tarnish stains the sea glass.
The careful and judicious use of a Silver Dip will remove any tarnish from the silver and applying a baby oil to the sea glass will remove any tarnish.
Great care is needed when using a Silver Dip because it can remove colour and polish from certain gemstones, particularly pearls, turquoise, sodalite, malachite, lapis lazuli and opals.
When using a Silver Dip always follow the manufacturer's instructions and avoid contact with any soft or porous stones.
Pour baby oil onto the sea glass and rub with your fingers, this will remove any tarnish and will not interfere with the silver. You will notice that the sea glass colour has intensified but at the cost of a temporary loss of frostiness. The frost is a natural characteristic of authentic sea glass, caused by the intensive wave action and buffeting against rocks over a period of time.
♥ When sea glass jewellery is worn over a period of time, the frostiness may diminish, because of a build of skin oils. To restore the frostiness, dip an old toothbrush in warm soapy (washing up liquid) water and brush gently, dip brush in clean water and brush again then dry thoroughly.
There are some preventative steps you can take, so that you won’t have to worry about tarnished silver too:
♥ Cleaning your jewellery regularly is one way to avoid tarnish, another is to wear it often.
♥ Don’t expose it to household chemicals, hair products, perfumes and cosmetics/deodorants.
♥ Do put your make-up, perfume, hairspray and deodorant on before you put on your jewellery.
♥ Don’t wear your silver jewellery in the swimming pool or in the sea as these take their toll on fine jewellery.