Most of us have either inherited silver jewellery or bought a piece or two to add to our collection. Let’s admit it – we are all guilty of neglecting our silver jewellery. We wear them for special occasions and carelessly put them away only to find out months later that the piece has lost its shine or has even tarnished.
In this post, we have listed some tips on how to care for your silver jewellery and keep it looking its best. You can thank us later!
Silver jewellery care tips
1. Store your silver jewellery properly
One of the most important things you can do to protect your silver jewellery is to store it properly. When not in use, keep it in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and heat. Avoid keeping your silver jewellery in the bathroom, where it can be exposed to moisture and humidity. It is also a good idea to store your silver jewellery in a soft pouch or box to prevent it from being scratched or damaged.
2. Clean your silver jewellery regularly
To keep your silver jewellery looking brand new, it's important to clean it regularly. You can use a commercial silver cleaning solution or make your own cleaning solution at home.
To make your own cleaning solution, mix equal parts of warm water and mild dish soap and add a pinch of baking soda. Stir the solution well. Dip a soft cloth in the solution and gently rub it over your silver jewellery to remove dirt and grime. Rinse the jewellery with warm water and pat it dry with a soft cloth.
3. Avoid exposing your silver jewellery to chemicals
Silver is a soft metal and can be easily damaged by chemicals. Therefore, it's important to avoid exposing your silver jewellery to chemicals such as perfumes, lotions, and hair products. These chemicals can react with the silver causing it to tarnish or discolour. If you are planning to wear silver jewellery, make sure to put it on after you have applied any creams, lotions, or perfume that contain chemicals to your skin or hair.
4. Remove your silver jewellery before doing household chores
Always remove your silver jewellery to prevent it from getting damaged while taking care of household chores like gardening or cleaning. Many household products such as bleach and ammonia can react with silver and cause it to tarnish or discolour.
In addition, silver jewellery can easily be scratched or damaged by rough surfaces such as abrasive cleaning sponges and scouring pads.
5. Have your silver jewellery professionally cleaned and polished
Over time, your silver jewellery may become tarnished or discoloured despite regular cleaning and care. In these cases, it is best to have it professionally cleaned and polished.
A jeweller can use specialised equipment and techniques to restore your silver jewellery to its original shine and lustre.
Proper care and cleaning are important for maintaining the beauty and longevity of your silver jewellery. By following these tips, you can keep your silver jewellery looking its best for many years to come.