How to get brown off of a silver ring

Silver jewellery, such as rings, necklaces or bracelets, can tarnish over time. This type of jewellery is 92.5 per cent pure silver and the remaining material is copper. When exposed to gases in the air, copper oxidises or tarnishes. The tarnish may be black, brown or grey in colour. Silver jewellery generally has ".925" stamped on it somewhere. You can prevent tarnish on silver items by storing them in anti-tarnish bags, which are available at craft or jewellery stores. Use common household products to remove the tarnish from your silver ring.

Mix three parts baking soda to one part water. This creates a paste to remove the brown, black or grey tarnish.

Wet the silver ring with a little water.

Apply the paste to the silver ring with a soft, lint-free cloth. Paper towels may scratch the finish.

Rub the paste all over the silver ring. Turn the cloth to a different area if it starts to turn grey. Pay special attention to any brown or discoloured areas and to the crevices in your silver ring.

Rinse the ring well and buff it dry with a clean section of the cloth.


Keep your ring clean by washing it with a soft cloth dampened with warm water and a mild dishwashing soap. Rinse the ring well and dry it with a soft cloth. Baking soda is available in the baking aisle in grocery and discount stores.


Avoid wearing your silver ring when cleaning. Household chemicals can damage the silver.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Soft, lint-free cloth
  • Liquid mild dishwashing detergent
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