It’s easy to fall head over heels for silver jewellery. Items boast brilliants, lustre and great versatility and it’s simple to see why silver is such a popular material for jewels.
When you purchase your dream pieces from Silver by Mail, don’t let them become tarnished and unloved. Here’s how you can take care of your silver pieces.
Preventative Care for Silver Jewellery
1. Wear it
Avoid your lovely jewellery becoming tarnished by wearing it regularly. The oils on your skin help to “clean” silver and keep it shiny.
2. Avoid Exposure
Avoid letting your pieces from Silver by Mail coming into contact with perspiration; household cleaners; chlorinated water; rubber and other substances that contain sulphur. These will cause silver items to tarnish and corrode so it’s better to take off your jewellery when doing chores around the house.
Placing your jewellery in direct sunlight can also cause it to tarnish, so remember to remove your items before sunbathing and swimming.
Hair products, hair spray, lotions, perfumes and cosmetics can all accelerate tarnishing of silver.
Exposure to air also tarnishes silver. It’s a good idea to store your jewellery in an airtight plastic bag along with anti-tarnish strips. Put single pieces in a bag at a time. Silver is a soft metal and storing more than one piece at a time will cause scratching. Keep your chain or link bracelets unclasped to prevent scratching too.
If you’d prefer not to use plastic bags you can use storage areas that have low humidity.
Polishing your jewellery from Silver by Mail is perfect when the tarnishing isn’t too bad. A simple polish is also the best way to clean oxidised silver.
Be sure to use a special silver cloth when cleaning your jewellery to avoid scratching it. Microfiber, a lint-free cloth or even a nonabrasive soft cloth will work great too. Paper towels and tissues should be avoided as they can scratch jewellery.
Homemade Silver Clean
If you need to remove stubborn tarnish you can make an environmentally friendly and economical silver cleaner with everyday kitchen ingredients. After using any of the cleaners, remember to rinse your jewellery and dry with a soft cloth.
• Soap and water. A mild, ammonia-free dishwashing soap and warm water are ideal for helping remove tarnish from your Silver by Mail jewellery.
• Water and baking soda. While you might’ve heard that non-gel and non-whitening toothpastes work as silver cleaners, it can be hard to distinguish from the toothpastes that can discolour silver. So rather make a water and baking soda paste and apply with pea-size amount to a clean cloth to polish your jewellery. If your items have etching or stamps, thin the paste a little with more water and use a soft toothbrush to get right into the crevices. Rinse the items under running warm water and dry with a soft cloth.
• Lemon juice and olive oil. Mix a teaspoon of olive oil with half a cup of lemon juice in a container that is big enough to contain the solution. Dip a microfiber cloth in the solution and then polish your jewellery. Remember to wring the cloth out first.
• Baking soda and white vinegar. This is a gentle cleaner that will help you remove heavy tarnish. You can soak your item in a mixture of two tablespoons of baking powder and half a cup of white vinegar. Leave the item to soak for two to three hours before rinsing and drying.
Use these tips to care for your silver jewellery and prevent tarnish and degradation.