How nice to have the pieces from your mother. Patina/tarnish will
happen if the silver is exposed to the atmosphere and it happens more
rapidly in the winter if your home uses a furnace that burns oil or
natural gas. However, the evenness of the color may vary.
Most of us have liver of sulfur that is dissolved in warm water,
making a solution that quickly darkens/tarnishes silver. Check with
your local hobby shop - if they carry copper tooling equipment, they
will have liver of sulfur and you can do it yourself. I recall some
other methods described in past Orchid discussions. Search the Orchid
Once the piece is darkened/tarnished, you can rub the metal with a
polishing cloth to make the higher areas shine. If you like the
matte finish, rub with the green ScotchBrite that is found in the
grocery store’s cleaning section. It will also remove the dark patina
and leave a non-shiny finish.
If this seems to confusing or you do not want to do this yourself,
no doubt there is someone on Orchid who lives reasonable close to you
and can accomplish your wishes for a sum. Of course, we don’t know
where you live, so that would need to be provided.
Hope you are successful in either doing the deed yourself, or
contacting someone who will help you.
Judy in Kansas, where a Carolina wren has been busy singing. Spring