is a popular fashion accessory that never goes out of style. It can instantly update your look and enhance your outfit
. The shiny, cool tone precious metal can look elegant, chic and uber glamorous – plus it easily transforms your casual daytime look into striking evening attire.
How To Care For Your Silver
Silver is a reactive metallic element that is easily disturbed by other materials. This means that silver jewellery pieces will naturally tarnish over time. To avoid having to clean and maintain the shiny sheen of silver jewellery you can choose to wear sterling silver pieces that have a rhodium or plated finish. The rhodium or plated finish acts like a barrier to prevent the silver from tarnishing in the usual way.
If you prefer to wear authentic sterling silver jewellery, taking proper care of your pieces will ensure that your rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets maintain their beautiful mirror polish.
Why Does Silver Tarnish?
All items that are made of silver - jewellery pieces included - develop a black surface coating over time. This tarnish is a chemical reaction that is caused by contact with the elements and other materials. Tarnishing naturally affects metals like silver, copper and aluminium. Although it is a form of corrosion, tarnish does not destroy the metal.
Perfumes, hair spray, cosmetics, tap water and a variety of other substances can cause a metallic reaction. When this occurs the silver sheen is covered with a dull, black finish. Although it’s not possible to completely protect your silver jewellery from tarnishing, you can take preventive measures to avoid accelerating the process.
To avoid damaging your silver jewellery it is recommended that you remove all jewellery when taking a shower or bath. When on holiday, avoid contact with the sea and chlorinated swimming pool water.
How to Clean Silver
Always clean your sterling silver jewellery after you have worn it. Chemicals that are found in products like perfume, hair spray and cosmetics can accelerate the tarnishing process. It’s therefore a good idea to remove your jewellery when putting on your make-up. Jewellery should always be the last accessory that you add to your outfit.
To clean, wash your sterling silver pieces in warm soapy water and carefully dry with a soft cloth. Giving your jewellery a buff with a non-abrasive, lint-free cloth will remove any traces of dirt or tarnish and will also enhance the sparkle of silver bangles and larger pieces. Smaller, more delicate pieces like rings, earrings and necklaces should be cleaned with additional care.
Cleaning Gemstone Silver Jewellery
As most gemstone jewellery pieces are quite fragile and delicate, hot water and harsh chemicals and cleaners should be avoided. Instead gently clean your precious stones with a clean, soft and slightly damp cloth. Highly porous stones, like turquoise and emeralds, must be cleaned with an untreated, dry, soft cloth. Never resort to using paper towels to clean your sterling silver gemstones as scratching may occur.
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