CARING FOR YOUR JEWELLERY
Interesting fact: pure water by itself doesn't damage sterling silver, but most of the water we're exposed to in our daily lives is not purified. Chemicals and contaminants in the water can result in tarnished and dull looking silver, so it's best to know what's what when it comes to water.
- Shower. It's not a great idea to shower with your jewellery on, but once in a while isn't going to do any lasting damage. Just make sure to dry it after.
- Swimming Pool. Take your silver off. Chlorine is a pretty harsh chemical. If you accidentally forget to remove your silver jewellery before hopping in, make sure to rinse and clean it afterward.
- Hot Tub. Same idea as the swimming pool. There is even more chlorine in the hot tubs and the heat can accelerate the chemical reaction. Don't wear any jewellery with gemstones in Hot Tubs.
- Hot Springs. The sulfur in natural hot springs will wreak havoc on your silver. Unless you're going for that "dark oxidized" look, avoid at all costs. Never wear any gemstones in hot springs. If you love your piece the way it is, never wear your jewellery in any hot springs.
- Hot Tip: Chemicals in lotions and perfumes can also cause your jewellery to tarnish. Apply them first, let them dry, and then put your jewellery on. This alone can make a big difference in your silver pieces.
MAINTAIN PROPER STORAGE
You need appropriate storage for your stunning pieces. And, you need to be diligent about maintenance.
Air exposure can tarnishing your delicate silver. Don't leave it lying on your bathroom sink or on your bedside table. It's best to store silver in air-tight bags. These types of bags keep air exposure out, and keep the shininess and brilliance intact.
For additional preventative efforts, silica gel packets provide anti-tarnish protection. Throw one in each bag for extra care.
KNOW WHEN TO TAKE OFF YOUR JEWELLERY
It is best to remove jewellery during the following times:
- Household chores, such as dishes, laundry, and when using cleaning supplies
- When exercising, at the gym, or playing contact sports
- When showering or bathing
- Swimming, hot tubs, or saunas
- When getting ready (i.e: putting on lotion, makeup, hair products)
- Preparing, cooking, or eating foods that contain sulfur (this includes eggs and mayonnaise).
- Outside chores or tasks, such as gardening
Preventative care is ALWAYS easier than aftercare!
POLISH YOUR PIECE
Silver is delicate, and, despite our best efforts, it can still get dirty. Fortunately, sterling silver care can be quick and easy.
To do this, use a simple microfibre cloth or special jewellery cloth (not paper towels or toilet paper) to clean your goods.
DIY NATURAL SILVER CLEANER
These are natural cleaning methods, as the harsh chemicals in professional cleaning products can be incredibly harsh on your jewellery. And there is no better way than the natural way.
WATER AND BAKING SODA METHOD
You will need 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda (use a bit more water if the jewellery has delicate features). Stir into a paste. Use an old toothbrush or cleaning wand to apply this DIY cleaner in gentle motions and movements.
NATURAL DISH LIQUID AND WATER METHOD
No fancy cleaning methods needed for this option. Simply rinse the jewellery off in the same way you would clean your own hands.
SALT WATER METHOD
Line a cooking pan or large dinner plate with a sheet of aluminum foil. Place each piece of jewellery directly on the foil.
Combine 1 cup of boiling water with 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of baking soda together. Pour the mixture into the pan or large dinner plate. Add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the mixture.
Bubbles will surface! Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes (use a spoon if needed for stirring). Rinse in cool water and dry off with a microfiber cloth.
*don't use this method on any pieces with gemstones*