So what do you need to do when taking care of your silver jewellery?
Sterling silver is 92.5% silver and the rest is copper. As a result the copper in the jewellery oxidises when in contact with the air, this can give your jewellery anything from a dull appearance to an ugly grey/black coating!
So how do we to resolve this? Firstly it’s important to store your jewellery properly. By eliminating contact with the air (longer term) you can reduce the tarnish, so store your stuff in air tight bags, you know the ones with the seal running along the top. You can buy large ones of these, say like foodie bags, or smaller ones for your individual pieces.
Another consideration when taking care of silver jewellery is where your storing it short term. Don’t leave it in the bathroom, all that steam from your lovely hot showers will tarnish it without a second thought! And don’t throw it in a box with lots of other nic-nacs where it will get scratched!
So you’ve got the idea how to store your stuff, so what do you do when it does tarnish? The first thing to do is clean your jewellery using warm soapy water (not hot!!!), all that grease and grime does it no favours! An old soft tooth brush will do, just give it a gentle brush in soapy water (washing up liquid is fine) and bobs your uncle any gemstones you may have suddenly start to sparkle! Then dry your jewellery (totally dry!!!). You can buy special jewellery polishing clothes that have impregnated chemicals that allow you to polish away any tarnish stains. This is the next step in the process. Be careful if you have delicate stones and claws in your jewellery, don’t pull the claws open! Once you have used your cloth store it in an airtight bag.
Some of you may be tempted to buy silver dip. Well this is OK on some jewellery, especially if its all silver and it is really badly tarnished. But here is the word of caution. Some silver dips can eat at your lovely gemstones especially malachite, so caution is the word!
So now you know that taking care of silver jewellery is not difficult so come on give yours a polish and add a little sparkle to your life!!!