Aside from having a nice collection of jewelry (compliments of my husband), I also make jewelry to sell in local shops and craft fairs. To keep my items affordable, I use silver plated and gold plated jewelry findings. The sterling silver plating will lose it’s shine and turn dark over time. Actually, all of my 925 sterling silver chains in my jewelry box will turn dark as well. It’s just part of owning silver.
Since I have a lot of earrings that I need to clean up in order to sell, I was asking my local bead shop what they use to keep their jewelry looking it’s best, and they recommended the Sunshine Polishing Cloth. Of course they had several in stock that I purchased that same day.
I have used metal pastes in the past to clean silverware and faucets, and they are a real mess to work with and they smell awful. The Sunshine cloth works great on those as well, with NO odor. There’s not much it won’t clean! The packags states it will clean: jewelry, gold, silver, brass, copper, glass, mirrors, and most other surfaces.
Indeed it does. I cleaned one of my sterling silver chains this morning, and it had a sparkling new look in a few seconds. All I needed to do was slide the chain along the cloth, and these black spots appeared on my Sunshine Polishing cloth. After a few passes through the cloth, my chain looked new! The cloth can be used over and over again, until it is completely black on both sides.
The cloth has a strange consistency, it feels a little bit tacky but doesn’t leave any residue on my hands. It is also very thick, almost like a piece of felt. It comes in a zip lock bag and measures 5″ x 7.5″. Just be sure your items are free of dust and lint before cleaning them, that way you’ll prevent any scratching.
What’s in this cloth you might ask? I asked the same question, but the store owner didn’t know. It does claim to be non-toxic, and all I can find about it is that it is infused with chemical cleansing agents and non-scratching micro-abrasives.
While I purchased this cloth for the purpose of cleaning jewelry, it also works great on so many other household items. Our bathroom faucet is made of pewter, and running the cloth over my faucet gives it a nice, long lasting shine. The cloth seems to give it protective coating that will actually resist dulling!
This cloth cost me $3.95 at my bead store, and it is well worth the price!
The Sunshine Polishing Cloth is made by the Bell Group Inc, a company based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They ae a wholesaler of precious stones & metals, jewelery findings, materials & tools.