Top Tips For Looking After Your Sterling Silver

Monday, July 31, 2017

"I hate gold. I'm sort of a sterling-silver guy."
― Michael Vartan

Even the finest pieces of sterling silver jewelry will lose their luster if they are not properly cared for. It is important that you care for your jewelry properly to keep it looking as shiny and as pretty as it did the day you got it. To care for your sterling silver, you also have to be aware of how you are wearing it, storing it, and cleaning it.

Sterling Silver Jewellery

Fine silver, or pure silver, is very malleable, soft, and can be damaged easily. When used in jewelry, it is mixed with other types of metals to create a durable item. Sterling silver is the most popular among all the alloys and it consists of 7.5 percent copper and 92.5 percent sterling silver.

Quality pieces are usually stamped with a mark which would indicate the metal content of that piece of jewelry. Quality stamps on items from may be located on the clasps, tags, or in plain sight.

Why Does Sterling Silver Tarnish?

Tarnishing results when sulfur or oxygen come into contact with your silver jewelry. When your pieces become tarnished, they may look duller or darker, so it is important to ensure you look after your jewelry properly.

How to Store Your Jewellery Properly

Moisture and oxygen in the air tend to tarnish sterling silver, so you need to ensure your store your items properly to minimize the process of oxidation. A few storage tips include:

  • Store each item in an airtight bag, such as a Ziploc
  • Store your jewelry in an area that has low humidity, not in a bathroom
  • Keep clasps and closures unhooked to avoid the build-up of moisture

Wearing Sterling Silver Jewellery

You can prevent it from tarnishing by putting on your silver jewellery regularly. The natural oils in the skin help to clean and protect the silver. But, there are a few activities that may cause the jewellery to lose lustre quicker. Remember to take off your sterling silver jewellery before doing any of these tasks or activities:

  • Cleaning
  • Working out
  • Showering
  • Swimming
  • Putting on makeup and lotion
  • Applying hair products

How to Clean Your Sterling Silver

Even the most well-cared for items need to be cleaned. The best way of cleaning sterling silver is to polish it. Make sure you:

  • Avoid areas which may be oxidized intentionally as part of the jewellery’s design.
  • Use a non-abrasive cloth to avoid scratching pieces.
  • Do not rub the jewellery in a circular pattern, but rather follow the grain.
  • Keep moving to a new section of the cloth as you rub.

Proper Care is Essential

With the right care, your jewelry will bring you many years of enjoyment and pleasure, and may even become treasured family heirlooms.

Some simple tasks, such as being aware of how you wear your jewelry, store it, and clean it can help to prolong its lifespan. Remember that you should always store your jewelry in an air-tight and dry place and that it is a good idea to wear it often, just as long as you remove it when swimming, showering, working out, working with foods and chemicals, or putting on makeup.

Typically, it is a good idea to put your jewelry on last after you have gotten dressed and done your hair and makeup. Remember to polish your items before they become too tarnished so as to minimize the number of repairs or work needed. Just be sure to use the right cleaning material.

- The Cassie Paige
Photos by Israel

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  1. Novi post bilo bi mi i više nego drago da pročitaš ❤

  2. Love!

  3. your handbag is so beautiful

  4. Great tips! Silver definitely requires more effort to take care of.

  5. Amazing post darling!

  6. I'm lazy when it comes to silver bracelets.. I tend to forget and leave them on when showering! #rookieerror x

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