The Tarnished Necklace!

The Tarnished Necklace!

It will be four years this past weekend that I ran my first marathon in San Francisco. I trained for 20 weeks and raised $ 5,000.00 dollars for cancer. I trained for the marathon because I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to show by example to my children that each person can make a difference for others. My other example I shared with my children was:  if you set your mind to do something you can do it.

My two children and I traveled from the East Coast to the West Coast, without any supporters. I knew in my heart that I was going to finish this marathon. This was my commitment. At about mile 6 the  hills began. They became steeper with each step that I took. I climbed hills until mile 18. I’m not sure if it was the hills, nerves or what I ate the night before but I had runners diarrhea until mile 18. It didn’t matter to me that I was gross, because each mile that I ran I dedicated it to someone that I knew had cancer or had died from cancer. I felt that being sick wasn’t as back as someone going through treatment for cancer. Sooo, I ran on….

At the finish line were men dressed in tuxedo’s holding a tiny black box with a Tiffany necklace in it, that was my metal, a beautiful silver Tiffany Necklace.

I really want to wear my beautiful Tiffany necklace, but it wasn’t shiny anymore it was black with tarnish, and had a tiny knot in the chain.

How can I get this to look beautiful again?

Depending how badly tarnished your silver is, it might take several applications of this to “Naturally Clean” you Silver.

Things you will need

Tin pan

Baking Soda

Pot of boiling water, or Tea Kettle

How To Remove The Black Tarnish?

First get your Tea Kettle or Pot of water boiling.

Put your necklace in the tin and completely cover it with baking soda

Carefully pour the boiling water over the baking soda

* Note: This is a chemical reaction, Do Not Stand Over The Steam And Breath It In

You may have to repeat this procedure several times depending on how badly it is tarnished.

It is looks as good as new.

How To Get The Knot Out?

You can use Olive Oil, Baby Powder, Cornstarch.

I used Olive Oil and a Pin. I put the necklace flat on the table top and used the Pin and worked it loose and the Olive Oil helped. You can use any lubrication or powder such as baking soda to work it loose.

To live for results would be to sentence myself to continuous frustration. My only sure reward is in my actions and not from them.

       – Hugh Prather

Decide Today To Make A Difference


  1. Debra says:

    To run and finish the race… bravo girl! Bravo!

    What courage and tenacity! What a life lesson too

  2. Wow! You’re an amazing woman, Cathy!

  3. jan says:

    How inspiring you are. Run and finish after being so ill, fantastic.

  4. Great, not only to finish the race but to raise money for a cause. You amaze and inspire me.

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