May 1, 2011
Thinking of spring cleaning? Well, what about your sterling silver?
I have mentioned polishing clothes and cleaners before, but I have been introduced to the brass bristle brush and would suggest this as a great cleaning option. This brush is like a giant toothbrush for your jewellery. It gets in all the cracks and groves that polishing clothes can’t. The bristles are very fine and soft, so it doesn’t scratch your silver. Once the bristles get old, they do curl up a little as seen at the tip of this brush. This tends to give the bristles a rougher surface where they do start to leave small surface scratches – so be watchful.
Put a little dish soap mixed with water to dip your brush into and scrub away. Rinse your jewellery with water and pat dry. The next step is to prevent the tarnish from occuring again. Check out my previous blogs or my website information sections for tarnish prevention.
Where do you purchase one of these amazing brushes? Try your local lapidary store or a place that supplies jewelers with their tools (Ken’s Gems in Calgary). They range in price depending on size, but a good average would be $20. Can’t find one and want it shipped to you? Just email me and I’ll pick one up for you at my next supply stop.