Day to day care
for sterling silver
Sterling silver tarnishes when exposed to salty air, chlorine, sulfur, humidity, perspiration, cosmetics, household bleach and other strong chemicals.
To prevent tarnish as much as possible, we recommend that you store your fine jewellery in a safe, dry place when engaging in the following activities:
- Household and outdoor chores
- Showering bathing or swimming in pools, hot tubs, hot springs and the ocean
- Exercising at the gym or during contact sportsPreparing meals
- Chemicals in lotions and perfumes can also cause your jewelry to tarnish. Apply them first, let them dry, and then put your jewelry on. This alone can make a HUGE difference in your silver's luster.
How to clean
Always remove jewelry before showering or cleaning. A film can form if soap or cleaning agents are not washed off completely. This film will become a magnet for dirt, dust and other contaminants.
Use a silver polishing cloth to remove oxidation from silver. Tissues and paper towels can cause scratches.
Use light pressure and allow the cloth to do the work for you.
Always remember to read the instructions on the commercial cleaners first before you attempt cleaning. Most commercial cleaners are very strong and will remove all oxidation.
Never clean your jewelry in bleach! Doing this will literally breakdown your jewelry.
Bleach is an oxidizing agent that will react to the metal, causing it to become very brittle.
Never use toothpaste or other abrasives to clean metal or stones.
Some websites recommend toothpaste as a cleaner, but this is not an accepted practice by fine jewelers.
The abrasives in toothpaste can damage the surface of the metal.
If this steps do not remove the tarnish on the sterling silver, it may require a visit to a professional jeweler who will either clean the sterling silver with an ultrasonic cleaner, or buff it with stages of abrasive paper.
Cleaning & brightening tissue
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