Step 1: Purchase silver polish.
Step 2: Take silver polish to lab.
Step 3: Load gel and start it.
Step 4: Put primary antibody on IF.
Step 5: Grab a velvet (commonly used for replica plating yeast; the velvet doesn’t have to be sterile, but generally the only clean velvets in our lab are sterile).
Step 6: Put on gloves (latex or nitrile, your choice) squirt some water onto the velvet using your water bottle to dampen it.
Step 7: Squirt silver polish onto velvet. Use velvet to smear polish all over jewelry. It’s okay to get it on the stone if there is one (well, it’s okay to get it on malachite anyway).
Step 8: Let silver polish dry
Step 9: Image gel. Realize PCR didn’t work. Cuss a blue streak.
Step 10: Use water bottle to dampen rest of velvet and wipe off all silver polish. Wet a cotton swab to use in the nooks and crannies (though I like to leave a little tarnish in embossed areas because it emphasizes the design).
Step 11: Do a final rinse of jewelry using water bottle. Dry with paper towel. Let dry.
Step 12: Rinse IF and put secondary antibody on.
Step 13: Put jewelry on.