I've worn rings since I was six. My grandma bought me my first silver Celtic knot ring when I was in first grade, and I have it to this day. It no longer fits, so I got the knot tattooed on the middle finger of my right hand. Ever since then, I've always worn rings, usually silver. To bed, in the shower, while I did dishes...always. My hands feel weird without them.
Over the years, I've collected rings for special occasions, in special places, at special times. I have a yellow gold vintage ring I bought when I first became single, as a commitment to myself to know and love me before I worried about finding someone else to do it for me. I have a sapphire engagement ring in a white gold vintage-style setting that Mitch designed for me with his mom. There's a lovely pinkie ring in a Celtic knot that we found in Edinburgh on our honeymoon, and a very thin band with an empty circle that a friend bought on my last birthday before I became a mother, which reminds me of my identity before motherhood. Finally, I wear a ring on my right ring finger that wraps three times, that I like to think represents me, Mitch and Phoenix.
Unfortunately, a few of my beloved rings started turning black recently and I totally freaked out. I didn't think real silver could turn black! I guess the wear and tear of life (actually air and sunlight) tarnished a couple of my treasures. I honestly thought they were ruined and I was devastated until a little online research showed me the truth and a method that worked like a charm. Sharing it here, in case any of you need it!
BRINGING SILVER JEWELRY BACK TO LIFE
1. Baking Soda
3. Microfiber cloth
1. Mix 1 part water to 3 parts baking soda.
2. Soak and scrub jewelry with fingers in the mixture.
3. Dry and polish using cloth until darkness is removed.
4. Repeat process if needed.
So simple, and miraculously my silver is shiny and new! My hands feel normal. My sentimental pieces are restored.