Silver Jewellery Care

Silver Earrings

Unlike the other precious metals, silver will tarnish because of a reaction to elements in the air. However, the metal does not deteriorate. You can remove the black film with silver polish. The most common way to avoid tarnish is to wear your jewellery regularly.
Silver jewelry should always be cleaned with a soft cotton or flannel cloth. Synthetic materials can cause scratching. You can also purchase a silver cleaning cloth, which has anti-tarnish ingredients, and keep it inside your jewelry box for quick cleaning. You can also use a child’s toothbrush to get into intricate scrollwork or patterns for quick cleaning of silver.

Cleaning Silver:
These cleaning tips and hints are for the general public interested in maintaining the majority of personal silver, items that are silver or gold plated need the same type of care. Remember that the easiest way to keep your silver cleaning to a minimum is to store it properly.
If there is no tarnish on your silver jewellery, use a phosphate-free detergent to clean it frequently. Silver that is used then gently washed and dried immediately, will require seldom tarnish removal.
When first noticed (usually a yellowish-brownish tint), tarnish is easily removed. It becomes increasingly difficult to remove as it eventually turns to black. Frequent light cleanings, (washing the object with a phosphate-free detergent), then drying with a soft cloth is better than waiting until the tarnish gets so difficult to remove that more abrasive polishes would be needed.
When polishing or drying always use a clean, soft cotton cloth.
Don’t use Toothpaste, ever, as silver polish, many toothpastes ingredients which even in trace amounts may cause serious damage. Only use silver polishes.
Don’t use polishes that have dried-up (the abrasive particles are now too concentrated and will harm your silver), don’t use steel wool, Scotch-Brite™ or any type of scouring pads (too abrasive), or chemical dips (too toxic).


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