Sterling silver is a sophisticated, versatile, timeless piece you can ever have. However, without proper care it may dilapidate with time like other precious metals. So treat it well and give it proper care, and it will reward you with maximum durability and long-lasting brilliance.
Caring for your sterling silver doesn’t take too much time. Below, we have compiled some quick tips for its proper care and maintenance.
Tip #1: Clean your jewelry with bleach-free laundry detergent and water. Let it soak for a few seconds and brush it gently until shiny. Rinse it well and air-dry or pat it dry with a soft cloth. If your jewelry has started to discolor you need to use a sterling silver jewelry cleaner solution or silver polishing paste to clean it.
Tip #2: Use soft bristle brush when cleaning your sterling silver jewelry. Do not rub silver with anything that is hard in an attempt to restore its brilliance.
Tip #3: Store your jewelry individually in its own case, pouch, or compartment to prevent scratches. Place them in a cool and dry place to prevent dust and moisture, which usually causes corrosion.
Tip #4: Avoid using tissue paper or paper towel for drying as they have rough construction that might scratch your jewelry.
Tip #5: Do not leave jewelry boxes in humid areas as it builds up moisture in your jewelry which can later on compromise its brilliance.
Tip #6: Always remove your jewelry whenever you are washing your laundry or dishes. Chemicals such as bleach or chlorine can corrode your silver and damage any gemstone that is attached to it.
Tip #7: Always wipe your jewelry after use or before going to bed to avoid any build-up of natural oils, sweat dirt, and lotions.
Tip #8: If you are planning to store your silver for a long period of time, we suggest that you purchase a jewelry box lined with tarnish-free cloth or use an anti-tarnish paper strips. A cheaper option would be storing them in airtight baggies to protect them from dust and moisture, which can cause corrosion.