Can tarnish remover be used on silver- and gold-plate?
- Ellen, PA
Tarnish remover can be too harsh for lightly plated items, and it may remove the plating, especially if used incorrectly or multiple times. On items where the plating is relatively thick, such as gold-filled beads and findings, it will work when used as directed.
Tarnish remover was designed for sterling silver, gold, copper or brass jewelry. It works in just a few seconds (2-10) and will remove stubborn oxidation and tarnish. Do not use this product on articles containing porous stones, pearls, painted jewelry, aluminum, stainless steel or lacquered surfaces. The chemicals in the tarnish remover are too harsh for, or will react with, these materials and will damage them by altering the finish.
For costume and antique jewelry or pieces that contain pearls, opals or soft stones use Jewel Brite™ jewelry cleaner, which is specially formulated for these sensitive and valuable jewelry components. use a polishing cloth for the metal components on pieces that contain both porous and non-porous components. Do not immerse jewelry in the tarnish remover, instead dip the jewelry so the tarnish remover is on the surface of the jewelry for only a moment. This will help ensure the finish of the jewelry is not affected by the chemicals in the tarnish remover.