How to Clean Sterling Silver Jewelry

Ah, silver. Gorgeous - when it's clean, and free of tarnish. Unless of course the piece of jewelry is made with oxidized silver, like the earrings below from five forty on Etsy

But what can you do when your bright and shiny silver is dull, and black?

Clean it with baking soda, a piece of aluminum foil, and boiling water! It's simple and organic.

1. line a container, a vessel that is deep enough for the jewelry to be completely covered by water, with aluminum foil

2. sprinkle baking soda over the jewelry

3. pour boiling water over the jewelry, so that the pieces are completely submerged - bubbling will occur

4. use a wooden or plastic utensil to gently stir the solution, and ensure that all silver surfaces come in contact with the aluminum.

5. rinse the jewelry under tap water (don't lose any pieces down the drain!) and blot dry with an absorbent cloth

6. polish with a soft cloth. Voila!

This method of cleaning is recommended only for jewelry that is all sterling silver and those that incorporate plastic, glass or crystal beads. Some gemstones are affected by the baking soda reaction, for example, turquoise.

Portia's First Pick

Did you know that unlike other hippo's, mother and daughter hippo's form a social bond?
And when Portia wants to write her mom her note, she loves to use this personalized stationary:

Custom Stationary from Paper in Style

These notecards are made with 100% recycled cardstock AND they feature a hippo that looks just like Portia!

Portia also includes a photo from her modeling portfolio, like this one of her with emms gEM's

Exciting News!

After intense and exciting negotiations, I am pleased to announce that a new feature will be added to this blog! We were lucky to lock in the gorgeous and worldly Portia to model our jewelry, and now we have signed her for a blog exclusive!

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Charming and all-things forward, Portia the hippo is excited to share her faves with you!

Jewelry, art, vintage goodies, eco products and more! You name it, Portia knows it and loves it!

Look for the jewelry shown above in my Etsy Shop !

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