Sterling silver jewellery is typically created out of 92.5 % silver and around 7.5% other metals, usually copper, which is the one that causes it to tarnish the most. Copper doesn’t react well in the environment, especially to moisture, causing your silver to lose its lustre and tarnish.
However, don’t lose hope because there a multitude of easy things you can do to prolong the life of your silver jewellery and have it look as shiny as the day you bought it.
Tips for Keeping Your Silver Jewellery Shiny and New
Are you wanting some new sparkly jewellery for Christmas but are afraid of it losing its lustre? If you’re looking for affordable and stylish silver necklaces, rings, and earrings, you can buy online from www.silver.uk.com. They’re perfect to accessorise any outfit from every day to dressy as long as you follow these maintenance and cleaning tips to keep them sparkling.
- Remove your jewellery while doing household chores or working out. Certain chemicals, such as bleach, latex, and wool as well as foods containing sulphur heighten the tarnishing process so it’s best to prepare food or clean your house without your jewellery on. Avoid wearing silver jewellery when you swim or go to the beach because the sun, humidity, and chlorine can also damage it.
- Wear that silver jewellery you just purchased or received for Christmas from Silver by Mail, where they have the best sparkling range of silver necklaces in the UK. Click for more info about their necklaces. Wearing your jewellery often helps to prevent tarnish because your own skin oils clean the silver chain.
- Adhere to the policy of putting on your silver jewellery last right before leaving the house and removing it the minute you return. This minimises your jewellery’s contact with harsh irritants like hair spray, make up, and lotion, all of which cause it to tarnish faster.
- Store your silver jewellery immediately in plastic Ziploc bag. Consider adding an anti-tarnish strip to your bag or container to prevent tarnishing. Remember to store each piece in a separate bag so they will not scratch each other. In addition, leave necklaces or bracelets unclasped because that also assists in preventing tarnish. Consider placing some silica gel or a piece of chalk in your container to further minimize tarnish. Remember to store your jewellery in a dry area because if you leave it in a humid room like the bathroom it’ll tarnish faster.
How to Polish and Clean Your Silver Jewellery
- Polish your silver jewellery gently after each use before returning it to its container. If you can, use a special silver polishing cloth as it helps in cleaning oxidized silver, but you can technically polish it with any soft, lint-free cloth.
- Polish using long back and forth movements and avoid going in circles as that will highlight any scratches in your piece. Remember to use different sections of your cloth frequently as you don’t want to accidently rub tarnish back on to your jewellery.
- Gently wash silver jewellery without gemstones or pearls by dunking it in warm water with mild dish soap. If your jewellery does contain gemstones or pearls, use a cotton swab to only clean the silver part.
- Take your silver to be professional cleaned if it’s heavily tarnished or you don’t feel comfortable cleaning it yourself.
In reality the best way to prevent tarnish is all about storing it properly and polishing it the second you begin to see signs of tarnish. If you do both, your silver jewellery should stay sparkly and new for years to come.
** This article is contributed by Mediabuzzer