How to Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry
So you've invested in a high-quality piece of sterling silver jewelry. Now, you need to care for it to keep it looking its best. No matter what form it takes, sterling silver requires proper care and cleaning to maintain its initial luster and brilliance. Follow these tips for proper care and your silver jewelry should last a lifetime.
1 || Silver is a relatively soft metal so to minimize damage, store your silver jewelry either in a cloth pouch or in a separate compartment in your jewelry box.
2 || Store sterling silver in a dry, cool place. Avoid storing jewelry boxes in bathrooms where the moist air can affect silver's brilliance.
3 || When storing your sterling silver for an extended period of time, seal in an airtight plastic bag to protect it from oxidation and to prevent tarnish.
4 || Avoid exposing your silver to household chemicals when cleaning with bleach or ammonia, and never wear your silver jewelry when swimming in chlorinated water, as these chemicals can damage silver.
5 || Never wear your sterling silver in the shower. Avoid exposure to sunscreen, perfume, and hairspray.
6 || Dirt, makeup, and skin oils can build up on the surface of your sterling silver causing dullness. Washing your piece with a mild soap and water will remove these residues. Be sure to rinse and dry thoroughly before storing.
7 || To avoid the build up of tarnish, polish your sterling silver jewelry regularly. As a general rule, avoid using liquid jewelry cleaners as they can discolor the metal. Wiping with a soft cloth is the safest and most effective way to polish your pieces. Avoid using course fabrics or paper towels to wipe your silver jewelry. A microfiber cloth is a good option. Never scrub with a brush of any kind.
The best way to keep your sterling silver jewelry tarnish-free is to just wear it and enjoy it. Following these simple tips for cleaning and storing your sterling silver will keep it looking beautiful and give you years of enjoyment.