Silver jewelry is renowned for its versatility in style and brilliance in quality, because of which, people are more prone to buy sterling silver rings, earrings and necklaces in recent years.
It is always exciting to add a piece of new shimmering silver item in your jewelry collection. But after wearing it for a while, the silvery coat begins to be covered in an annoying layer of black, which troubles us all.
Why does silver tarnish? Well, tarnishing happens as a natural consequence of the molecules in silver interacting with the molecules in sulfur. Sulfur is present both in the air and in common food and household items. But, don't worry, the tarnish is easy to get rid of. Here are some dos and don’ts to keep your jewelry brilliant:
1. Avoid wearing jewelry when you are swimming, showering, soaking in hot spring, using hair products, lotions, soaps, perfumes, cosmetics, or something corrosive for silver. Chemicals in lotions and perfumes can also cause your jewelry tarnished. Apply them first, let them dry, and then put your jewelry on. This alone can make a huge difference in your silver's luster.
2. Avoid friction and collision with something hard, especially when you are doing housework or sports. It is optimal to remove jewelry during those times.
3. Direct sunlight also causes silver to tarnish, so make sure your silver is not exposed to air and light during storage.
1. Store your silver in a cool, dry place, preferably in a tarnish-preventive bag or wrapped in a soft piece of felt or cloth. Store pieces individually so that they don’t knock together and scratch.
2. Regular cleaning is an effective way to keep the jewelry sparkling. Please clean your jewelry with a super soft cloth on a regular basis, suggested every two or three days, which will prevent dirt from accumulating on the ring. Tissues and paper towels are a strict no-no since they have fibers which can scratch the surface of the metal. The portion of the cloth used for rubbing the silver should be changed so that the black substances are not placed on the clean silver surface.
3. Wear it often: Believe it or not, your skin’s natural oils will help keep silver jewelry shiny. One of the easiest ways to prevent tarnish is to simply wear your silver often as opposed to letting it sit in a jewelry box unworn.
4. For stubborn dirt, you can use a small, super soft toothbrush with the toothpaste to clean it.
5. We also suggest that you could give your jewelry periodic professional maintenance. Normally, the jewelry store will use an Ultra Sonic Machine to restore the stones to its original brilliance.
Things you need to pay attention to:
1. Don’t forget that stone-studded pieces should not be immersed in any kind of cleaners to prevent damage to the softer stones. Pieces with clear gemstones like garnet, amethyst and blue topaz might be soaked in the cleaning solutions but with extreme caution. Chemicals can accumulate under the stones and dislodge them thereby spoiling your jewelry. These need to be cleaned extremely carefully and with cautiously.
2. Avoid using a polishing cloth when the ring is brand new. Because the chemical components included in the cloth will remove the coating of your jewelry.
3. The motion during polishing silver should be back and forth, longitudinally. This helps in making it shiny while circular motions will enhance any scratches already present on the surface.
4. When you need to store your jewelry, please follow the above ways to clean and dry it, then put the ring in sealed OPP bags.
All in all, keeping your sterling silver clean comes down to maintaining a balance of regular at-home care and professional cleaning appointments. We suggest an annual cleaning by professionals for all jewelry.
Remember that it’s easier to prevent tarnish than to remove it after it occurs. If you notice tarnish beginning to form, be sure to clean it immediately. Following those steps will help keep your sterling silver looking like a new one for the coming years.