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Nickel-based Jewellery Care

Nickel-based jewellery can tarnish over time, but there are several ways to keep it looking its best. Here are some instructions on how to care for nickel-based jewellery to prevent tarnishing:

  1. Avoid exposing your jewellery to moisture: Moisture can cause nickel-based jewellery to tarnish. To prevent tarnishing, avoid wearing your jewellery while swimming, showering, or participating in water activities. Also, remove your jewellery before washing your hands or applying lotion or perfume.
  2. Store your jewellery in a dry place: Store your jewellery in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or sources of heat. This will help prevent the jewellery from tarnishing due to moisture in the air.
  3. Clean your jewellery regularly: Use a soft cloth to clean your nickel-based jewellery regularly. This will remove any dirt or oils that may have accumulated on the surface of the jewellery, which can cause it to tarnish. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can scratch the surface of the jewellery.
  4. Polish your jewellery: Use a jewellery polishing cloth or a specialized nickel polish to remove any tarnish that may have developed on the surface of the jewellery. Follow the instructions on the polish carefully, and make sure to rinse the jewellery thoroughly after polishing to remove any residue.
  5. Consider a protective coating: Applying a clear protective coating to your nickel-based jewellery can help prevent tarnishing. Look for a product designed specifically for nickel-based jewellery and follow the instructions carefully. One such coating is rhodium plating which is done at most jewellers.

By following these instructions, you can keep your nickel-based jewellery looking its best for years to come.


Here’s a simple recipe for a homemade nickel jewellery polish using bicarbonate of soda and water:


  • 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda)
  • 1/4 cup of water


  • In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda with 1/4 cup of water to form a paste.
  • Dip a soft cloth into the paste, and apply it to your nickel jewellery, rubbing gently in circular motions.
  • Rinse the jewellery thoroughly with warm water to remove any leftover paste.
  • Dry the jewellery with a clean, soft cloth.

This bicarbonate of soda and water polish is an excellent natural solution for removing tarnish from nickel jewellery. The bicarbonate of soda acts as a mild abrasive, gently removing dirt and tarnish, while the water helps to dissolve any oils or grime on the surface of the metal. However, it’s important to note that this method may not be suitable for heavily tarnished or damaged jewellery, and it’s always a good idea to test the polish on a small, inconspicuous area of the jewellery first.

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