Jewellery Care Tips
It’s hard not to be crazy about sterling silver jewelry. Between its ouster and brilliance, it’s easy to see why silver is one of the most popular materials for jewelry. And like all beautiful treasures, silver jewellery needs to be handled with care.
Tarnish problems. When oxygen or sulfur come in contact with silver, they chemically bond to its surface and cause the silver to appear dirty or discolored.
Keep sterling silver and precious gemstones away from chlorine bleach and all household cleaners. These will cause damage to the silver and stones. Jewelry should always be removed before swimming and washing dishes.
Tarnish first appears as a golden hue on sterling silver, then quickly turns to black. This is a normal process that is caused by oxidization and moisture from air and sunshine.
Cleaning your sterling silver jewellery
Clean sterling silver jewelry with a soft 100% cotton (nub free) cloth or jewelry cleaning cloth and gently rub off any excess dirt. Sterling silver is quite a soft metal and can be scratched if it is rubbed it too briskly. Paper and coarse fabrics often contain wood fibers or synthetics, that can cause scratches in the surface of fine sterling silver jewelry.
Soap and water: Warm water and a mild, ammonia- and phosphate-free dishwashing soap should be your first line of defense if the polishing cloth fails to remove tarnish. Soap and water should also be used to clean your pieces before using any of the methods listed below.
Toothpaste can also be a very effective cleaner for silver. The baking soda in toothpaste is what does the job. First, choose the right toothpaste. Do not choose gel toothpastes or toothpastes with tartar control or whitening powers. These toothpastes may contain chemicals which could damage the silver.