Over the years, sterling silver jewellery has significantly risen in popularity. Not only is silver more affordable than gold, but it is also far more flexible and durable. So, what is the secret to keeping your silver jewellery clean and looking like new?
The Big Secret: Silver Won’t Tarnish If It’s Constantly Worn!
Whether you have signature pieces for every occasion, or you have one or two precious silver items, there’s no doubt you want to keep your collection tarnish-free. One of the biggest complaints we hear is that silver tarnishes over time.
But, here’s the big secret: if you consistently wear your silver jewellery, it will not tarnish. The combination of your body oils touching the items keep it from tarnishing. It is our body oils that keep pieces from turning green or brown and keep your metal shiny and looking new.
It’s a strange concept, yes, but it works. However, this concept is void if you come into contact with harsh chemicals like chlorine and bleach.
What to Do If You’re Not Going to Wear Your Jewellery Consistently
If you don’t plan on wearing your collection of trendy sterling silver jewellery all too often, it is a good idea to keep it in a storage pouch. If you just leave your items lying around for months, you’ll notice how the air’s chemistry will play a role in tarnishing your silver. The right storage and cleaning methods are key to ensuring your jewellery lasts a long time.
Cleaning silver is a bit of an art. How often have you heard of someone putting their items in a liquid cleaning agent only made for gold or platinum? Those kinds of cleaners will eat away at your silver jewellery and leave it brown. If you choose to buy a jewellery cleaner, make sure you carefully read the labels. Even if the label states the cleaner is designed for silver, try to avoid it and use a DIY cleaning method.
One of the most important things to use when cleaning your silver jewellery is a microfiber polishing cloth. This specially-formulated fabric along with a homemade polishing agent are sure to keep your jewellery in pristine condition.
Taking Your Silver to a Jeweller to Clean
If you have had silver items lying in your jewellery box for some time that have become tarnished beyond the help of a microfiber cloth, you may prefer to take them to a reliable jeweller who has a silver tumbler. This is a machine that sports a high-powered magnet and hard plastic bowl. The bowl holds a cleaning compound along with tons of tiny stainless steel pins that are spun around in the bowl at a pace. The pins gently scrape the tarnish off without leaving scratches on the metal. Once the cleaning process is over, your jewellery will look brand new.
Depending on how severe the tarnish is, it may require a spin in the tumbler followed by a dip in a silver tarnish remover. A quick dowse in the cleaner eats away tarnish, leaving your jewellery sparkling.