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HOW TO CLEAN SILVER JEWELRY

Whatever you do, silver jewelry will develop tarnish spots over time. Even exposure to air causes silver to oxidize. That’s why it’s so important to know how to clean and care for silver jewelry so you can keep its timeless shine bright for a lifetime.

Let’s dive into the art of caring for 925s silver jewelry.

1 How to clean silver jewelry1.1 Daily care for your silver jewelry1.2 Wear your silver jewelry regularly1.3 Store your jewelry correctly1.4 Removing your silver jewelry1.5 A professional service1.6 How to clean sterling silver jewelry1.7 How to clean silver-plated jewelry1.8 How to clean antique silver jewelry1.9 How to polish your silver jewelry1.10 You asked – we answered

DAILY CARE FOR YOUR SILVER JEWELRY

To ensure your silver jewelry lasts as long as possible and retains its best appearance, take proper care of it.

  • Store silver in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight.
  • Remove silver jewelry before bathing or doing sports.
  • Wear it whenever you can.
  • Over-polish your silver. You can polish the shine away.
  • Get your silver jewelry in contact with sulfur, bleach, chlorine, or other strong chemicals.
  • Wear silver layered with rubber. Rubber can cause tarnishing.

Avoid getting your silver jewelry in contact with cosmetics. Let any cosmetics you wear dry before putting on your jewelry.

When cleaning silver-plated jewelry, avoid using cleaning products with bleach or vinegar. They could damage the jewelry and remove its shine, or even expose the base metal beneath.

WEAR YOUR SILVER JEWELRY REGULARLY

Wearing your silver jewelry can prevent tarnish and dirt buildup. The friction between your skin or clothing and the piece works wonders. Wear your timeless piece with pride!

Of course, it won’t eliminate all tarnish and dirt, but it's still a great reason to wear your favorite pieces as often as you want.

STORE YOUR JEWELRY CORRECTLY

Keeping silver shiny can be a challenge, but there are ways to help slow down the tarnishing process. Proper storage is key!

Store silver jewelry in a cool, dark place to prevent tarnishing, and use a jewelry box or pouch to limit air exposure and humidity.

If you want to treat your silver pieces right, use a jewelry box with specifically-designed compartments. That way, each piece can have its own place and you won't have to worry about them getting scratched, tangled, or banged up.

REMOVING YOUR SILVER JEWELRY

Remember that certain activities can increase the chances of your silver jewelry getting tarnished or damaged.

Avoid wearing your jewelry while showering, swimming, cleaning, or doing outdoor activities. To protect your jewelry, take it off and store it in a dry place before any activities that may get it in contact with sweat or strong chemicals.

A PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

If you love your silver jewelry, visit an expert who can bring it back to its former glory.

It's a good idea to visit a jeweler or a professional silver cleaner every six months for a good clean. You might also be able to mine them for advice on keeping your silver jewelry looking its best.

The most common way to clean silver jewelry:

  1. In a bowl, mix a dash of dishwashing liquid with warm water.
  2. Place your silver jewelry in the solution for five minutes.
  3. Remove the piece and gently scrub any tarnish with a soft toothbrush.
  4. Rinse the jewelry in warm water.
  5. Dry the jewelry with a soft cloth. A paper towel can create abrasion marks.

HOW TO CLEAN STERLING SILVER JEWELRY

Sterling silver develops a black patina over time. Here’s how you create a simple silver-cleaning solution at home.

  1. Mix baking soda with lukewarm water to create a paste. Let the paste sit on the sterling silver jewelry for a few minutes.
  2. Gently rub the paste away with a microfiber cloth. Use a small brush or toothbrush to get into the most hard-to-reach areas.
  3. Rinse the piece in cold water and then buff it dry for a polished finish.

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  • HOW TO CLEAN SILVER-PLATED JEWELRY

    To restore the shine of your silver-plated jewelry, clean it with soap and water.

    How to clean silver-plated jewelry:

    1. Using a soft cloth, gently wipe away dirt, sweat, and grime from all its surfaces.
    2. Let the jewelry soak in warm water and a dash of dishwashing liquid for a few minutes.
    3. Use a soft toothbrush to gently clean crevices and other details on the piece.
    4. Rinse in cold water and dry with a clean cloth.

    HOW TO CLEAN ANTIQUE SILVER JEWELRY

    Take extra care when cleaning antique silver jewelry. Their rich history and delicate features deserve a gentle touch.

    How to give your antique silver jewelry a good clean:

    1. Inspect your jewelry for any damage before cleaning to avoid causing further harm.
    2. Use a jewelry cloth to gently wipe away any visible traces of oil, grime, or dirt.
    3. Create a cleaning solution by mixing a dash of mild hand soap or dishwashing liquid with lukewarm water.
    4. To clean antique silver jewelry without any features, you can safely immerse it in the cleaning solution. If it has stones or other decorative elements, dip a soft toothbrush into the solution and use it to clean the silver.
    5. Move the toothbrush in slow, circular motions to remove dirt.
    6. Rinse the jewelry under lukewarm water and pat dry.
    7. Let the item dry completely before wearing or storing it.

    HOW TO POLISH YOUR SILVER JEWELRY

    Once clean, keep your silver jewelry polished to maintain its best appearance.

    How to polish your silver jewelry:

    1. Soak your silver jewelry in a solution containing a dash of dishwashing liquid and lukewarm water.
    2. Remove the jewelry and scrub with a soft toothbrush or cotton swab to remove dirt or grime.
    3. Rinse in lukewarm water.
    4. Before polishing, dry the silver jewelry. Use a soft cloth and avoid using paper towels or tissues, as they can leave abrasion marks.
    5. Polish with a jewelry polishing cloth or microfiber cloth.
    6. Use long back-and-forth strokes and avoid rubbing in circles, as this can worsen existing abrasion marks.
    7. To keep your silver jewelry clean, use a polishing cloth to remove dirt or grime after every wear.

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