How to Clean Your Tiffany & Co. Jewelry


Hi! Sorry for the lack of posts. I was recovering from a recent minor surgery (will write about this soon) and drafted this entry on my phone after getting bored from listening to audio books. Let's call this a "best practice sharing" post :)

Just a little back story before the how-to part...

I have always dreamed of having a Tiffany & Co. jewelry when I was a little girl. I remember falling in love with my older cousin's Tiffany bracelet and necklace with her name engraved on them, the pretty little blue boxes with dainty white ribbon. I had no idea it comes with a hefty price tag... but I told myself  I'll have my own Tiffany someday.

Fast forward to 2011, just before I completed my master's degree, my dad came to visit me in Taipei. I brought him to Taipei 101, and to the Tiffany & Co. store inside the mall. I told him how I would frequent the store just to admire this particular open-heart necklace from the Elsa Perreti collection. I told him I was saving money for it, but each time I got around to saving enough amount, Cebu Pacific would have a seat sale and I would use that money to book round-trip tickets to the Philippines in advance.

I lived on a monthly stipend before from the government scholarship program and the amount was more than sufficient to cover my tuition, housing, living allowance and little luxuries. However, I can't bring myself to buy the necklace because I cant justify spending my savings- how little it might be- for this piece of jewelry. And so, my dad gave in to his little girl's whim and he bought me my very first Tiffany & Co. necklace. My heart still wishes for someone special to give perhaps the last blue box that I'll ever own- you know, the classic Tiffany setting, but for now I'll leave that up to the Big Guy in heaven :)

So here's a trick I learned online to help you clean your Tiffany & Co. sterling silver. I used to spend NT$700 (Php 1800) to have them cleaned in Taipei each year. This trick costs only NT$ 100 or less than 100 pesos!

What you'll need:
A bowl
A rectangular piece of foil
Few spoonfuls of baking soda
Boiling water

Directions:
1. Line your bowl with aluminum foil.
2. Place your sterling silver jewelries on top of the foil.
3. Put in few spoonfuls of baking soda on the jewelries.
4. Pour boiling water over them. Watch slowly as the tarnished jewelries turn into shiny, silver pieces again!
5. Remove the jewelries from the water using tongs. Rinse under cool water and lay flat on a soft cloth. Wipe the pieces to remove the water and lay flat to air-dry completely.

Before and after photo. They look brand new!