How to care for silver jewellery.
One of the most frequently searched topics on Google is ‘How to care for silver jewellery’ so we caught up with Gail, OceanJ founder to ask her for hints and tips about looking after your bracelets, necklaces and earrings at home.
“Silver jewellery has become one of the most affordable ways to accessorise your wardrobe and outfits. With it’s ability to suit most occasions it really is a staple part of most girls jewellery collection.
But as we all know, silver can tarnish easily, so here’s a few hints and tips to help keep your silver jewellery looking bright and shiny.
Novica.com has some great tips:
Here are some of my favourites:
Wear: You can avoid tarnish by wearing your jewellery often. The oils in your skin will “clean” the silver and keep it looking shiny.
Avoid exposure: Contact with household chemicals, perspiration, rubber, chlorinated water, or any substances which contain sulfur (e.g., mayonnaise, eggs, mustard, onions, latex, wool), will cause corrosion and tarnish — so it’s a good idea to remove silver jewelry when doing household chores. Direct sunlight also causes silver to tarnish, so be sure to take off your silver jewelry before you go swimming and sunbathing.
Lotions, cosmetics, hair spray and hair products, and perfumes are also “enemies” of silver and will accelerate tarnishing. There’s a reason generations of women have been getting dressed with jewelry last, as a finishing touch!
Storage: As exposure to air tarnishes it, storing silver in airtight plastic bags with anti-tarnish strips is a great preventative measure. Just make sure you don’t store multiple jewelry pieces in the same bag: silver is a soft metal, so the individual pieces can scratch each other. Link or chain bracelets should be kept unclasped or unhooked to prevent scratching as well. If you can’t use plastic bags, try to make sure that the storage area has low humidity. You can also place a piece of chalk, a packet of activated charcoal, or a container of silica gel in the storage area to minimize tarnish.
And for cleaning your silver:
Soap and water: Warm water and a mild, ammonia- and phosphate-free dishwashing soap should be your first line of defense if the polishing cloth fails to remove tarnish. Soap and water should also be used to clean your pieces before using any of the methods listed below.
Baking soda and water: You might have heard that a non-whitening, non-gel toothpaste can be a good substitute for commercial silver cleaners, but nowadays these basic toothpastes are hard to find or distinguish from the toothpastes that will discolor your silver. Instead, make a paste of baking soda and water and use a clean cloth to apply a pea-sized amount to the silver and polish. For etched, stamped or detailed items, thin the paste with more water and use a clean, soft-bristled toothbrush to get the cracks and crevices. Run the silver piece or pieces under running warm water, and dry with a clean cloth.
Olive oil and lemon juice: Mix 1/2 cup lemon juice with 1 tsp. olive oil in a bowl large enough to hold the cleaning solution and a small microfiber cloth. Dip the cloth in the solution and wring it out so that it doesn’t drip, then polish the silver, rinse, and dry.
White vinegar and baking soda: Use this gentle cleaner to remove heavy tarnish that’s preventing you from polishing your silver. Soak the tarnished piece in a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar and 2 tbsp. baking soda (be prepared for the fizzing!) for two to three hours, then rinse and dry.
You Tube clips
“You tube is great” continues Gail, “there are lots of video clips showing how to clean and care for your silver jewellery at home, here are a couple I really like:
Big thanks to Madeline Dells Mora, Antiques Avenue and Blog Ternet for the above clips.
Glamour magazine has some great hints and tips too:
For me, taking care of your silver jewellery is about making sure you look after each piece individually and store them in the pouch or box the pieces came in, this helps prevent the oxidation process and tarnishing most effectively.
In this day and age when we all have lots of silver jewellery to choose from it an be too easy to just wear them , take them off and put them in our jewellery box alongside everything else. But taking the time to put them away carefully will give you years and years of pleasure form your ‘always like new’ pieces.
I hope you found this article useful, I certainly discovered lost of hints and tips as I googled ‘How to care for silver jewellery’
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