How can I clean my filigree jewellery? (ii)

This post follows on from the toothpaste cleaning experiment. Todays method of cleaning uses introduces two more common household ingredients, aluminium foil (tin foil), and baking soda.  This is a super easy and surprisingly effective method for cleaning your filigree jewellery.  The soda is slightly abrasive which enhances its cleaning performance.

I am writing this in regard to cleaning pieces of silver jewellery that DO NOT contain any gemstones, do not use this baking soda and foil method to clean any of your jewellery with gemstones.


  • Start by removing any surface dust from your jewellery with a soft cloth.
  • Line a small bowl or large cup with aluminium foil
  • Put your jewellery in the bowl/cup
  • Cover jewellery with small amount of baking soda – enough to just cover your jewellery
  • Add enough hot water to cover your jewellery completly
  • Swirl the water and soda mixture around your jewellery
  • leave your jewellery to soak in the baking soda and water mix for about 15minutes
  • Remove jewellery and rinse under warm water to remove any soda residue
  • You may use a toothbrush, or similar brush, to get into all the filigree grooves while you are cleaning your jewellery
  • Repeat if necessary
  • Make sure you dry your jewellery throughly

I was really impressed with the results of this cleaning method, and with how easy it is to make an impressive difference in the appearance of your jewellery in less than 10 minutes, I repeated the steps above three times. My bracelet started looking like this;



and now looks like this;


Do you have any other ‘home remedies’ for cleaning your silver jewellery?
Would love to hear from you and try your methods of cleaning.

About Seba Silver

In June 2011 my wife and I opened a small store on the beautiful Dalmatian Island of Korcula. Our store (Seba Dizajn) showcases stunning filigree jewellery, all work is made on site offering you the fascinating chance to see filigree jewellery being made. Visit us at to see and purchase some of our filigree jewellery. The Seba family have been working, and creating beautiful pieces of filigree jewellery for over 500 years.
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6 Responses to How can I clean my filigree jewellery? (ii)

  1. Hilary says:

    This is very excellent. I will try it. H

  2. This is what I always use and it comes out perfect I use the one with the shampoo

    • Seba Silver says:

      Hi Jessica. thanks for the link to Jewellery cleaning methods. I will try the 7up one this week and let you know how I get on. Do you think Sprite will work the same?? We don’t have 7up here. Cheers, Ruth

  3. Marie says:

    Can this be done with gold jewelry too? I’d like to try it on a gold filigree ring I have. Thanks!

    • Seba Silver says:

      Hi Marie – sorry for my slow reply. I have been looking into the gold cleaning and hope this will be helpful for you;
      Gold is tarnish-resistant, but it can get dirty or smudged. Lotions, powders, soaps, even natural skin oils that we use regularly can cover your jewelry and cut down their brilliance. Jewelry cleaning removes any such build-up or residue and restores the original sparkle and shine to make your precious jewelries last a lifetime.

      Although numerous commercial products are available to clean gold jewelry, most often water and a mild detergent is sufficient to restore the radiance, and a soft brush helps to gently clean intricate filigree designs and stones. Sometimes it can be helpful to soak the gold jewelry in a solution of one part ammonia and six parts water for up to sixty seconds. It is imperative to dry and polish your gold jewelry with a chamois or soft cloth after cleaning.

      Please let us know if you have any other questions.

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